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Science Group meeting – What has the chemical industry ever done for us?

5th April 2018

Science Group meeting – What has the chemical industry ever done for us?

The Science Group talk in April by Dr Peter Dixon (a member of Knole), took us through some of the vital chemicals used in the complex supply chain to produce the humble soft drinks container for a well known brand of tonic water. Fortunately, we did not have to understand the chemistry behind the manufacture of the wide range of chemicals that make up the label (paper, ink and glue), glass bottle and cap (metal and plastic) – only marvel at the complex supply train and international nature of the work involved in just producing the container for the tonic water!

Peter’s excellent, entertaining talk which managed to reference Monty Python and the humble gin and tonic with international trade and the chemical industry, will make us all think more about the importance of chemicals to our daily lives. The talk was doubly memorable as Peter handed out samples of the tonic bottle (filled) at the end of his talk!

The Science Group talks are open to every member of Knole and provide a wide range of easy to understand presentations covering science and technology topics affecting our daily lives. Why not come along to a future meeting – they are held on the first Thursday of the month from October to May at Sevenoaks Weald Memorial Hall from 2.30 – 4.30pm

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