Shining (Dis)order

15 & 16 June

Have you ever thought of what, at the atomic scale, makes the rarest gems so beautiful? For centuries, physico-chemists have investigated the special properties of crystals and their fascinating interaction with light. Based on this knowledge, they have been able to design various new colourful shining materials for art and technological purposes.

A team of collaborating scientists from Imperial College London’s Department of Materials and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Montpellier led by Senior Researcher Aurélie Bessière will guide you through their demonstration helped by the work of visual artist Franklin Bault

Visit their stand for free in the Creative Science Zone located in the Sir Alexander Fleming Building (Imperial College London).

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This is a drop in event suitable for families with children aged 7+. 

To attend the Festival, please make sure to register for free. Registering is the only way to receive the latest Festival updates, a first look at the programme, and opportunities to book free tickets for popular events.



This activity has been produced with support from the French Embassy in the UK and is part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival taking place from 15 to 16 June in south Kensington.