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Chemistry Club prepares show of spooky demos tonight at NIU

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 10:01 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 10:02 a.m. CDT

The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to its fall 2013 Chemistry Demo Night at 6:30 p.m. today in Faraday Hall 143.

The theme  will be “When Chemistry Gets Spooky,” and experiments will highlight the more crowd-pleasing aspects of chemistry – explosions, fire and bright and colorful reactions.

“The demo night will feature a variety of experiments, ranging from igniting some loose change to creeping columns of carbon rising out of unassuming beakers,” Gregory Urquizo, Chem Demo coordinator, said in a news release. “Unlike some of our previous semesters’ work, this semester’s Chem Demo night will feature chemistry experiments that can’t be performed at home.”

Faculty advisers helping with this year’s demo preparations include Marc Adler, Timothy Hagen,  Oliver Hofstetter and Chong Zheng.

Demonstrations will include burning money, exploding bubbles, colored fire, making glow sticks, elephant toothpaste and exploding candy. The evening also will feature a Chem Club specialty – liquid nitrogen ice cream.

The experiments planned for the evening will include loud bangs, bright flashes of light and intermittent periods of low light and/or darkness. For safety precautions, members of the audience are asked to not sit in the bottom row of seating in Faraday Hall 143.

Parking will be available in the NIU Parking Deck along the west side of Normal Road, about one block north of Lincoln Highway. The first floor of the parking deck will be available for general parking after 5:30 p.m., except for reserved and handicapped spaces.

For more information, e-mail gurquizo@niu.edu or visit the Chemistry Club’s website.

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