Chemistry Centre (London)
The Chemistry Centre is a building for celebrating chemistry
Chemistry is the science of matter, especially its chemical reactions, but also its composition, structure and properties. Chemistry is concerned with atoms and their interactions with other atoms, and particularly with the properties of chemical bonds....

 based within the London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

 offices of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry is a learned society in the United Kingdom with the goal of "advancing the chemical sciences." It was formed in 1980 from the merger of the Chemical Society, the Royal Institute of Chemistry, the Faraday Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry with a new...

 which itself is based in Burlington House
Burlington House
Burlington House is a building on Piccadilly in London. It was originally a private Palladian mansion, and was expanded in the mid 19th century after being purchased by the British government...

. Events are hosted here for the public, RSC member groups and external organisations including monthly lectures on the chemical sciences that streamed live via the RSC's public engagement website - the Reaction. The free lectures take an interesting look at the chemical aspects of a wide range of topics from curry to the enjoyment of music. The nearest public transport options for the chemistry centre are Green Park tube station
Green Park tube station
Green Park tube station is a London Underground station located on the north side of Green Park, close to the intersection of Piccadilly and the pedestrian Queen's Walk...

 or Piccadilly Circus tube station
Piccadilly Circus tube station
Piccadilly Circus tube station is the London Underground station located directly beneath Piccadilly Circus itself, with entrances at every corner...


Public lectures

The Chemistry Centre has attracted notable science writers such as Philip Ball
Philip Ball
Philip Ball is an English science writer. He holds a degree in chemistry from Oxford and a doctorate in physics from Bristol University. He was an editor for the journal Nature for over 10 years. He now writes a regular column in Chemistry World...

 , Antony John Williams
Antony John Williams
Antony John Williams, is a British chemist and expert in the fields of both nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and cheminformatics at the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the founder of the ChemSpider website that was purchased by the Royal Society of Chemistry in May 2009...

 and John Emsley
John Emsley
Dr John Emsley is a British writer, broadcaster and academic specialising in chemistry. He lectured at Cambridge University, England.-Newspaper column:For six years Emsley wrote a column on chemistry for the Independent called "Molecule of the Month"....

  to give public lectures. Most of these are available as archived video streams via the RSC's Reaction website.

Library and information centre

At the heart of the Chemistry Centre is the library and information centre. This is in part a resource for RSC members, however the public are also welcome to come here and explore the chemical sciences.


Although opened as the Chemistry Centre in 2010 the building has been occupied by the Royal Society of Chemistry since 1857 (at which time it was known as the Chemical Society) - the heart of the Chemistry Centre is the RSC's Library and Information Centre which itself dates back to 1842. Over the years the library for the RSC has received many gifts from notable fellows including Michael Faraday
Michael Faraday
Michael Faraday, FRS was an English chemist and physicist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry....

. The library became a centre for information on the chemical sciences during the 1st and 2nd world wars when extensive use was made on the chemical reference material available.

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