Exhibition to mark International Year of Chemistry on at Women's College

Invisible ink, vanishing blocks and flying fireballs, the students of Government College for Women in the city literally brought out the magical side of chemistry at the science exhibition ‘Nucleus Expo 2011.'

The exhibition, being organised by the department chemistry of the college to mark the International Year of Chemistry, was inaugurated by Kerala University Vice-Chancellor A. Jayakrishnan here on Wednesday. The three-day expo will conclude on Friday.

Bubble cracker, fire from water and chemical sunset, an experiment demonstrating Tyndal Effect, were among the other interesting exhibits at the exhibition. Chemical experiments such as steam distillation, colour chromatography, samples of metals, laboratory apparatus, structures of crystals and hydrocarbons, and nano metals were on display at the exhibition. A photo exhibition on Madame Curie was also arranged to mark the 100{+t}{+h} year of Madam Curie's Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Apart from students of the chemistry department, those from other science departments of the college also participated in the exhibition. Optical illusions, display on evolution of electronic technology and model of power production from sea water were among the displays at the exhibition arranged by the physics department.

The exhibition arranged by botany department included display of seedlings of rare trees, different types of fruits, flowers, herbs and poisonous plants. A herbarium was arranged at the department. The 12 volumes of Hortus Malabaricus were on display.

Model of a zoo and a ghost house were the highlights of the exhibition arranged by the zoology department while mathematical puzzles were among the displays at the exhibition set up in the department of mathematics.

Two stalls from the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, was also part of the expo, which also included display of models prepared by schoolchildren.

An awareness class and demonstration by snake catcher Vava Suresh was also held.