Guest Article by Dominik Margraf
The first day of the scientific program has passed and I do not dare to comment on its content. This should be up to any one attending the conference. All I can say is that I enjoyed the meeting so far. I simply want to point out a great start event hosted by chemistry students of Goethe-University, Frankfurt. It was called “Night of Chemistry” and addressed a rather general audience, but most important children of all ages (this also includes most chemists – at least to my mind). One spectacular demonstration of what I would like to simplify as super absorbers soaked with water was given by Gerd Göbel (Febbex Innovation Ltd. and an honorary member of the Young Chemist Society Frankfurt). He sprayed some of this water/super-absorber mixture on the hood of his car and tried to set his car on fire using a propane torch. As you can already guess his car did not explode. It was protected by a layer of water released from the super-absorber. An absolute high-light for all kids thanks to Gerd and the active students from Frankfurt. Please continue organizing lecture series like this!
Gerd Göbel setting the night on fire.