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What are you doing at Harwell Open Day?

We are in charge of the “Crystallography at Extreme Conditions” stand.
We will guide you through what happens to the world that you know when you bring it under incredibly high pressures or really high/really low temperatures, and how the Harwell facilities fit in these tasks.
You will also find out how this relates to you, our technology and our Universe as a whole.

How does it relate to you work?

The Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC) is part of the University of Edinburgh, and brings together chemists, physicists, geologists, biologists and engineers to find out what happens to materials when you exit the “comfort zone” of what you call normal when walking around on the Earth.

We put a lot of effort both in creating new materials and in picking known ones, and we then investigate what happens to them when you lead them to extreme conditions. Do they conduct electricity or not? Are they magnetic? But also, what changes in the ways the atoms are arranged and bind together?

We create our own machines and tools, but we also cooperate strongly with the laboratories at Harwell to get the best measurements possible.

What is the take home message?

There is much more in our Universe that what you are comfortable with around you and it is in these far-reaching fields that we could find the answers for new and amazing technologies!

Also, just because something is “born” in extreme conditions, it does not mean that it will not exist around you!

How long did you take to prepare for Harwell Open Day?

The materials that we are using for our stand are the outcome of years of public engagement from the School of Chemistry and from CSEC within the University of Edinburgh.

Bringing everything together, organize a stand and arrange stuff with the Harwell Laboratories took us around a month and an half!

Why are you taking part in Harwell Open Day?

We are very proud to be members of the scientific community of users and collaborators of the Harwell Laboratories. Since we use the facilities several times a year, we joined the open days to be able to communicate our work and give back to the Harwell Laboratories some of the support they give us.

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