Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week celebrates all things chemistry during the third week of October (typically the same week as Mole Day – October 23) each year.  Founded by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and co-sponsored locally by the ACS Central Utah chapter at BYU, this community-based program aims to educate the public on the positive impact chemistry has in our everyday lives. 

We invite you to join us for a week of magic shows, lectures, and hands-on workshops to experience the exciting world of chemistry firsthand!

Chemistry magic shows are entertaining demonstrations of important chemistry principles.  Presented by our very own department faculty, these fun performances last one hour. Guests may spy tie-dyed lab coats, color-changing fluid, and controlled explosions!

Since seating is limited, free tickets are required.  They become available on a rolling basis two weeks before National Chemistry Week.  This year, tickets will be available starting Monday, October 4, 2021.  Guests may register for up to 10 tickets per show.  Group tickets (11 – 20 tickets) may be requested by calling 801-422-6268.  If tickets aren’t available for the show of your choice, keep checking back to see if more have been released.  There will be a stand-by line for each show to fill in available seating five minutes before each show begins.

Please note: in accordance with BYU's current COVID-19 policies, masks are required at all indoor events.  We appreciate your gracious compliance.

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Monday, October 18

5:30 pm          Professor Jeremy Johnson

6:30 pm          Professor Matthew Asplund


Tuesday, October 19

6:30 pm          Professor Ken Christensen

7:30 pm          Professor David Dearden


Wednesday, October 20  

6:30 pm          Professor Pam Van Ry

7:30 pm          Professor Daniel Austin


Thursday, October 21

6:30 pm          Professor David Michaelis

7:30 pm          Professor Jeff Macedone


Friday, October 22

6:30 pm          Professor Stacey Smith

7:30 pm          Professor Steve Goates

How reaction rates matter in caring for our environment

Thursday, October 21 @ 4:00 p.m. in W140 BNSN

Dr. Kara Stowers (BYU) and Dr. Jaron Hansen (BYU)

Dr. Stowers:  Speedy Reactions for a Greener World

Dr. Stowers shares her research on decreasing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane by inventing metal-based materials that will convert wasted gases to useful chemistry building blocks.  She will also show how to get the cleanest fuel possible, H2, in a fast and user friendly way.

Jaron Hansen:  The race is on: The conversion of innocent precursors to villainous pollution

Both ozone and most of the particles we are exposed to in the state of Utah are formed from the reaction of precursor gases that are emitted into the atmosphere.  This talk with highlight new mechanisms and their kinetics that lead to the conversion of precursor gases to pollution.

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Saturday, October 23

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm

Provo City Library Children's Story Room

Join us for a fun-filled hands on workshop that is safe for kids ages 4 to 12 years.

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Check out last year's magic show!

Celebrate Mole Day with us from 6:02am - 6:02pm on October 23rd, 2021!

Click here to access the ACS’s website, which is chock-full of fun ideas for celebrating National Chemistry Week.

Some of our favorite activity ideas from previous NCWs were:

- create flubber (a polymer)

- make glue at home

- build a baking soda volcano

- go stargazing