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Introduction to chemistry
Flame tests
Why are materials coloured?
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Dr Fabrizio Ortu is a Chemistry Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Leicester, which he joined in June 2019. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry (2007) and MRes (2009) at the University of Sassari (Italy). He has worked within various projects funded by several funding bodies and charities, covering a range of topics in f-element chemistry: molecular magnetism, actinide organometallic and coordination chemistry, lanthanide-element multiple bonding interactions. Throughout his career, Fabrizio has had the chance to work as part of multidisciplinary teams at the interface between inorganic chemistry, sustainable synthesis and materials science and have established a wide network of collaborations in Europe, Asia and America.

Chemistry
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Join Dr Fabrizio Ortu and Dr Philip Ash as they provide a fascinating introduction to chemistry at university, demonstrating some of the fundamental properties through some exciting flame tests, and how colour can be used to monitor changes, or identify substances with some further interesting experiments. They also show the reactivity series in action for the production of hydrogen and the deposition of copper metal with one final, engaging experiment, culminating in an illuminating and gripping scientific Spotlight!

Dr Fabrizio Ortu
&
Dr Philip Ash
University of Leicester
Chemistry
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Meet the academic

Dr Fabrizio Ortu

Dr Fabrizio Ortu is a Chemistry Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Leicester, which he joined in June 2019. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry (2007) and MRes (2009) at the University of Sassari (Italy). He has worked within various projects funded by several funding bodies and charities, covering a range of topics in f-element chemistry: molecular magnetism, actinide organometallic and coordination chemistry, lanthanide-element multiple bonding interactions. Throughout his career, Fabrizio has had the chance to work as part of multidisciplinary teams at the interface between inorganic chemistry, sustainable synthesis and materials science and have established a wide network of collaborations in Europe, Asia and America.

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