Ms, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Melbourne VIC, Australia
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Organizations:Royal Australian Chemical Institute
IYC Interests:Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
I suffered a stroke in 2003 and am now retired. At the time I was an assistant lecturer in formulation chemistry and involved with practical skills development. I came from a food and cosmetic formulation background, what you would call a potion mixer. I relied on the physical surface interactions of the "inert' excipients to creat a suitable stable potion to deliver an active and planned to stop chemical reactions from occuring insitutu to improve shelf life,it is a a kind of reverse chemistry application..Many chemistry graduates go on to practice in this field and very few are able to implement new and creative chemical reactions. I could probably tell you the reason for each ingredient on a food or cosmetic label. I feel that students do not see reaction chemistry in the everyday existence and may find the ingredient properties in formulated products more relevant.Perhaps students couls investigate and compare properties of nano-zincoxide with nano-titaniumoxide as a cosmetic ingredient? Why is one out of favour in cosmetics?Why are some chemicals safe to ingest but not to apply topically?
It has been a while but I would love to here how positon electron annihilation is used in chemistry today to charecterise chemicals. I thought this field had a lot of potential for labile chemicals and surfactants at the oil water interface.
Lisa Lozano BSc Grad Dip Ed GCHE