The Chemistry of Fire and Gunpowder – with Andrew Szydlo

Andrew Szydlo gives a spectacular demo-filled talk of explosive science using gunpowder, energetic reactions and quite a few flames.
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The talk was filmed on the eve of Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night.

Andrew Szydlo is a chemist and secondary school teacher at Highgate School, well-loved by pupils and Ri attendees alike.

He has given public lectures around the UK, been featured on TV shows and has become a popular part of the Royal Institution’s YouTube Channel in recent years.

This talk was filmed in the Royal Institution on 4 November 2017.

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