The course

Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ)

From January 28th to November 26th, 2022

The Chemistry course of the Bojos per la ciència program of the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera is a course developed by the Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ) oriented to 1st year high school students with special interest and talent for chemistry. The basic objective of this project is to foster the scientific vocation of these young people, as well as to strengthen their enthusiasm for chemistry and research.

The course will be held on 1 Wednesday and 12 Saturdays from 28th January 2022 to 26th November 2022 at the ICIQ facilities.

The course will cover 12 different chemistry topics, including the main chemical reactions, presented by ICIQ doctoral and postdoctoral students. In addition, a senior researcher from the center will give a one-hour lecture at each session.

Registration for the Bojos per la química course will be open from September 15 to October 25, 2021 and 21 students from the 1st year of high school will be selected to participate in this edition of the course as part of the 10th edition of the Bojos per la ciència program that will take place in 2022.

This course combines theoretical sessions and hands-on experimental activities. Each session will be divided into four parts:

  • Theoretical lecture on a specific topic.
  • Seminar given by a principal investigator of the center.
  • Hands-on practice on a characterization technique
  • Practical visualization through chemical experiments
  • The idea of introducing students to basic research routines and scientific methods will be reinforced. To achieve this, students will be allowed to question their ideas, contrast them and move towards more elaborate concepts and schemes through various chemical experiments that they will be asked to design and carry out.

Students will also take a brief look at the history of chemistry through 21 characters that they will recreate.

Catalan and English will be alternated equally, so a good knowledge of English is mandatory.

Specific objectives

Students who have the opportunity to participate in the course:

  • Will experience the scientific method first-hand in an international research center.
  • Improve their knowledge of scientific theory and techniques in the field of chemistry
  • Work with young professional scientists who will mentor and guide them through the process
  • Have a clear vision to decide whether they want to pursue a professional career related to the chemical sciences

Academic studies

  • Encourage scientific vocations linked to the world of chemistry among young people, helping them to guide their academic and professional future.
  • To offer the opportunity for their high school research work to be authorized by a reference research center.

Sessions

Session 1. Introduction and visit to the center

Day: Friday, January 28th

Time: 17h to 20h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Session coordination: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Dr. Laia Pellejà, Dr. Imma Escofet and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: Catalan and English

Visit to a research laboratory and visit to a spin-off of the center. Presentation by the ICIQ management, the program team and the students. Delivery of dossiers, scientific articles and explanation of how the sessions work.

Session 2.International Day of women and girls in science

Day: Saturday, February 5th

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Session coordination: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Dr. Mónica Pérez-Temprano and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: Catalan, Spanish and English.

Theory: Lakes, laymen and secrets of chemical reactions and Acid-base reactions, pH.

Presentation of 3 historical characters.

Laboratory practices: Transforming wine into water, Color cube, No longer boiling, Disappearing clues, Let's purify water, The chameleon, Chemical traffic light and Invisible ink.

Session 3. X-ray diffraction

Day: Saturday, February 19th

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Session coordination: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Dr. Jordi Benet and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Theory: X-ray diffraction

Laboratory practice:

Creating stalagmites, Do I heat or cool?, Let's transform bubbles with powder, Quicksand, What pill do we have?, The colors come up, The pigments of vegetables, The chemical waiter and The powerful salfuman.

Presentation of 3 historical characters.

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Session 4. Computational chemistry

Day: Saturday, April 10

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Coordination of the session: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Prof. Carles Bo, Sara Lopez Resano, Alba Perez and Dr. Laura Hernandez.

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Theory: The redox world

Lab practicals:

The genie in the vase, Deconstructing hydrogen peroxide, An oscillating reaction, Kinetics of the reduction of hydrogen peroxide by iodide ions, A complex visible activity, Erupting volcano I, Deconstruction of an egg, Enough of mosquitoes, Color of vegetables, Uncooked hard-boiled egg, Yellow bananas.

Presentation of 3 historical characters.

Session 5. Traveling through the history of chemistry

Day: Saturday, March 26th

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Session coordination: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Prof. Núria López, Dr. Fernando Gomollón and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Theory: Precipitation, dehydration and saponification reactions.

Laboratory practices: Sugar worm, Fried egg without fire, Much more than water, Starch in food, Soap making, Playing CSI and Rusty coins.

Presentation of 3 historical characters.

Session 6. Artificial photosynthesis

Day: Saturday, April 23rd

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Coordination of the session: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Dr. Prof. Julio Lloret-Filloli, Sergio Fernández, Geyla C. Dubed and Dr. Laura Hernández.

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Theory: Catalysis reactions

Lab practicals: We build photosynthesis systems.

Presentation of 3 historical characters.

Session 7. Renewable energies

Day: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Coordination of the session: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Prof. Emilio Palomares, Dr. María Méndez, Santi Gené and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: Catalan and English

Theory: The world of redox and non-newtonian fluids.

Laboratory practice: Solar cells

Presentation of 3 historical characters.

Session 8. Food chemistry. Molecular cuisine

Day: Saturday, May 21

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Session coordination: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Prof. Marcos Suero, Dr. Marta Giménez and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: Catalan

Theory: Pressure reactions

Lab practicals: Homemade indicators, The vitamins that escape, Citric acid in juices, Phenolphthalein surprises, Vinegar acidity, Molecular cooking.

Session 9.Oral presentations of scientific articles

Day: Saturday, September 17th

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Session coordination: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Dr. Mabel de Fez, Dr. Alicia Martínez, Jordi Aragón, Alba Pérez and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: English

Oral presentations of scientific articles: each student will present a scientific article.

Session 10. Supramolecular chemistry

Day: Saturday, October 1st

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Coordination of the session: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Dr. Elisabet Romero, Dr. Gemma Aragay, Chiara Mirabella and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Theory: Supramolecular chemistry

Lab practicals: Key and cloth chemistry, spherification science and controlled drug release.

Session 11 - Pharmaceutical chemistry

Day: Saturday, October 15th

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Coordination of the session: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Prof. Antonio Echavarren, Dr. Imma Escofet, Dr. Noemí Cabello, Dr. Georgiana Stoica, and Dr. Laura Hernández.

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Theory: Spectrometric techniques, polymerization reactions and natural products.

Laboratory practices: pH of drugs, Heartburn, Acidity of oil, Shape of liquids and Silver gives us game.

Session 12 - Continuous reactions. Flow Chemistry

Day: Saturday, November 12th

Time: 9.30h to 16.30h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Coordination of the session: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Dr. Esther Alza, Dr. Moreshwar B. Chaudhari and Dr. Laura Hernández

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Theory: Continuous reactions, The spectacularity of chemistry.

Lab practicals: Application of heterogeneous copper catalyst in a continuous flow process

Session 12. Closing ceremony

Day: Saturday, November 26th

Time: 10h to 13h

Place: Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ) Avinguda dels Països Catalans 16, Tarragona

Session coordination: Dr. Laura Hernández

Session by: Prof. Emilio Palomares, Dr. Laia Pellejà and Dr. Laura Hernandez

Language: Catalan, Spanish and English

Final presentation by the students open to the public and presentation of diplomas.

Schedule 2022
Schedule 2022
Friday, January 28
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Introduction and visit to the center
Theoretical-practical session. From 17h to 20h
Saturday, February 5
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Introduction and International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, February 19
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
X-ray diffraction
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, March 5
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Computational chemistry
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, March 26
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Traveling through the history of chemistry
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, April 23
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Artificial photosynthesis
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, May 7
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Renewable energies
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, May 21
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Food chemistry. Molecular cuisine
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, September 17
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Oral presentations of scientific articles
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Sábado 1 de octubre
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Supramolecular chemistry
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, October 15
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Pharmaceutical chemistry
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Saturday, November 12
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Continuous reactions. Flow Chemistry
Theoretical-practical session. From 9.30h to 13h
Sábado 26 de noviembre
ICIQ, Avinguda dels Països Catalans, 16, Tarragona
Closing ceremony
Closing ceremony and presentation of diplomas. From 10h to 13h