We are a Cambridge-based society hosting chemistry talks, usually on Friday nights in term time. Our events are always free to attend and usually feature wine and refreshments!
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    Atmospheric Chemistry: Climate Modelling Studies - An Overview
    Alex Archibald
    6 p.m.
    16 Nov 2023
    Location: TBC
    Description: TBC
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    Research & Careers Event
    6 p.m.
    9 Nov 2023
    Location : TBC
    Description: TBC
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    H2WHOA and the dawn of the Water Age
    Angelos Michaelides
    6 p.m.
    2 Nov 2023
    Location: TBC
    Since the Stone Age, civilisations have been named according to the materials we gain control and mastery of. As our planet’s greatest resource, molecular level understanding and control of water is key to solving the biggest global challenges of our time in climate, energy, and health. In this talk I will discuss the research activities of the ICE group ( and the exciting journey we are on to understand the fascinating behaviour of water at the molecular scale. The prediction and discovery of new phases of ice, the behaviour of water at interfaces, and the challenges in understanding and simulating water at the nanoscale will be discussed (Nature 609 (7927), 512 (2022); Science 379, 474 (2022); ACS nano 16 (7), 10775-10782).
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    Machine Learning: Counting Molecules
    Jonathan Goodman
    6 p.m.
    26 Oct 2023
    Location: TBC
    As more and more chemical data becomes available, how can we make the most of the information it contains? Automated interpretation is the only way to cope with the number of molecules that are being generated. We calculate property, reactivity and analytical information. I will explain how our calculations help us to decide which molecules are worth making, to work out how to make them and to confirm whether or not they have been made.
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    Cool Coatings (RSC Surface Coating group)
    Stuart Clarke and Peter Collins
    6 p.m.
    25 Oct 2023
    Wolfson lecture theatre
    (RSC Surface Coating group collaboration) This is a fun, audience participation / hands on lecture to outline the interesting behaviour of modern coatings and their applications. As part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Surface Coatings Group outreach activities, it is hoped that we will encourage attendees to consider a career in this interesting area. The talk will have two parts, a lecture illustrating the coatings/ their behaviour and an introduction to potential careers in this area. (6pm - 7pm). There will refreshments after the formal part, with an opportunity to chat informally about possible careers (7pm-7.30pm).
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    ChemDraw Workshop
    6 p.m.
    19 Oct 2023
    Pfizer lecture theatre
    We are excited to announce that we will be holding a ChemDraw workshop at the usual time of 18:15 on Wednesday 19th of October at the Pfizer lecture theatre. ChemDraw is an extremely useful piece of software that allows molecules and mechanisms to be drawn easily. It can even simulate NMR spectra, generate 3D models and lots more!.

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The Cambridge University Chemical Society is a student-run society that hosts a variety of events with talks relating to all areas of chemistry, as well as larger scale ventures such as the International Year of the Periodic Table Symposium.
Our events (with wine and refreshments!) are free to attend and offer a brilliant opportunity to connect with students at all stages of their academic careers. Our talks are often given by world-leading academics and serve as an excellent introduction into the wide range of research interests that chemistry encompasses. We also organise careers events, dinners, and more informal social events like the ChemSoc Pub Quiz.

Executive Committee


Kirpal Grewal

St Catharine's College

Call me: Polonium

I'm Kirpal, a second year chemist. I particularly enjoy theoretical and computational chemistry and how modelling can be used to help us in our understanding of complex reactions. Outside of chemistry, I enjoy rowing, cycling and playing guitar.

Junior Treasurer

Yuxin Liu

Murray Edwards College

Call me: Cobalt

Hi, I'm Yuxin. Chemistry is a magical discipline. I hope everyone can enjoy the subject here at ChemSoc!


Yizhe Lou

Clare College

Call me: Chlorine

I'm Yizhe, 2 second year chemist. Chemistry is a beautiful subject to me as it seeks to explain complex reactions with elegant models. I enjoy both organic and inorganic chemistry.

Publicity Officer

Ellie Dimmick

Emmanuel College

Call me: -



Agustin Lorusso Notaro Francesco

St Catharine's College

Call me: Sulphur

I’m Gus, and I want to be a researcher. Hope to increase everybody’s enthusiasm in modern research, and have fun while doing it. I love to swim, butterfly stroke of course.

Sponsorship Officer

Zhi Yan Lee

Pembroke College

Call me: Carbon

Hi, I am Zhi Yan. I enjoy anime.


Meng Siong Chen

Downing College

Call me: Sodium

I’m Siong Chen, an incoming 3rd year Natural Sciences student from Singapore! My interest in chemistry stems from the fact that it’s the central science – it’s at the intersection of physics, biology, materials science and it’s really cool how it lends itself to support so many aspects of science. When I'm not busy with chemistry, I enjoy reading, running and board gaming.

Logistics Officer

Xianzhen Lin

Wolfson College

Call me: -

I'm Lin, 1st year NatSci who enjoys the intersections of science. I enjoy reading and catching some z's

Publicity Officer

Sergiu Petrusca

St John's College

Call me: Tellurium

Hi! I am Sergiu, a third year chemist from John's. When I'm not in the organic lab getting the wrong spot out of the column, you could see me taking also wrong pics with my camera through the town.

Inclusion and Outreach Officer

Yuchi Guo

Homerton College

Call me: Hydrogen

I'm Yuchi. I love spectroscopy, which is solving puzzles to usefully identify the chemicals. I hope chemistry will be accessible to all so that more people can learn about it.

The committee is elected every year at our AGM.

Our constitution outlines how ChemSoc is run.

If you would like to contact ChemSoc, please use the society email address: You can also drop us a message on our Facebook page by pressing the chat button. We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in ChemSoc or who would like to collaborate with us!

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