Sam Willstead

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Name: Sam Willstead
Date registered: June 28, 2016

Biography

I am an undergraduate chemistry student and aspiring writer doing an internship with Dr Jon Kitchen, helping to promote sustainability in the department.

Latest posts

  1. Vice-chancellor’s Award — September 2, 2016
  2. 3D Printing for Custom Made Labware — August 11, 2016
  3. Sustainability in Chemistry Education — August 10, 2016
  4. Southampton Wind-Modulated Extraction Leads the Way in the UK — August 5, 2016
  5. Waterless Condensers – Turning off the Tap — July 28, 2016

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Sep 02

Vice-chancellor’s Award

The efforts of the team have been recognised by the vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton: Christopher Snowden, who presented the group with an award for sustainability this August. Dr Jon Kitchen said, “We are delighted to be recognised with a Vice-Chancellor’s award for our work here in Southampton. Our unique researcher-led approach to making …

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Aug 11

3D Printing for Custom Made Labware

3D printing is an exciting and rapidly expanding technique that could become more and more involved in the world of chemistry. For example, a nature paper (Symes et. al, 2012) reported a reaction in which all specialized equipment was custom built using 3D printing, controlling the outcome by printing reagents into reaction vessels. This creative application opens …

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Aug 10

Sustainability in Chemistry Education

Our society is hardly sustainable, with natural resources being depleted quickly and global temperatures consistently rising. All the while, the growing population continues to increase demand for resources and worsen the situation still. Education that encourages people to change their habits, or even inspires people to propose solutions to environmental problems, is one way of …

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Aug 05

Southampton Wind-Modulated Extraction Leads the Way in the UK

In order to keep safe, the laboratory must be well-ventilated by fume hoods which extract air out of the lab… but the story doesn’t end there. The fumes are pumped out of the buildings through giant fans out of the chimneys on the roof. The wind can blow the fumes into nearby buildings and wildlife, …

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Jul 28

Waterless Condensers – Turning off the Tap

Essential to all life, water is the most important substance on Earth and yet it is so readily discarded. A recent study suggests that human activities pushing loss of liquid freshwater to an unsafe and unsustainable level. There are, however, measures that can be taken by chemists to use considerably less water. A traditional condenser is an integral …

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