Archive of Xperimania II chat articles and transcripts.

Chats overview and calendar

The Xperimania chat sessions address classes that are led by one or more teachers and aim at promoting awareness of all aspects of petrochemistry. Since these chats bring together key European personalities and classes from different European countries, they may enhance a lesson focusing on a significant subject.

Students quiz an expert on how chemistry contributes to developing greener and safer cars

This spring’s last Xperimania science chat on 23 March, 2009 taught students about the contributions of chemistry in the automotive industry. The chat expert, Ulrich Nies from BASF, was especially asked about the impact of petrochemical innovations on the environmental efficiency of cars.

Xperimania chat in German: How does the automotive industry rely on petrochemicals?

The next Xperimania chat on 23 March at 11.00 CET will focus on how the automotive industry benefits from the research and innovations of the chemicals industry. Petrochemical and derivative products account for nearly 1/3 of the material costs in a light vehicle. Chemistry also makes drivers’ days easier in the form of rubber tyres, antifreeze and other fluids. The expert in this German-speaking chat, Mr Ulrich Nies, Head of Information Coordination and Automotive Communications BASF, answers students’ questions about the properties of petrochemicals used in transport.

Chemistry meets art: How are chemicals used in art restoration?

Students from four schools from across Europe learned about the exciting topic of how chemicals are used in art restoration in the French-speaking Xperimania online chat on 5 February 2009. The chat expert Mrs Myriam Serck-Dewaide, Director General of the Belgian Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, explained to the students how chemistry helps to preserve the world’s artistic and cultural heritage.

Xperimania chat in French: How are chemicals used in art restoration?

How can we preserve pieces of art for future generations? How is chemistry used to help prevent the deterioration of old art works? In the Xperimania chat “How are chemicals used in art restoration?” on 5 February at 14.00 CET students can put these questions to Mrs Myriam Serck-Dewaide, the Director General of the Belgian Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique. The chat language will be French.

European students chat on life without (petro)chemicals

On 20 January 2009 twelve schools from eight countries participated in the Xperimania chat “(Petro)chemicals – who needs them?”. The students learned from the chat expert, science journalist and ICIS Markets Editor Andy Brice, how difficult a life without (petro)chemicals could be and what alternatives we have.

(Petro)Chemicals – who needs them?

Try it out - are you able to live a week or even a day without using or coming into contact with petrochemicals? British science journalist Andy Brice took up the challenge and will share his experience with students on the next Xperimania chat “(Petro)chemicals – who needs them?” on 20 January 2009 at 11.00 CET.

How chemistry contributes to the challenges of climate change

8 schools from 3 countries participated in the first Xperimania II chat held in Spanish. The chat expert, Enrique Espi, Senior Toxicologist from Repsol YPF in Madrid, explained to the students how to minimize CO2 in housing and how petrochemistry contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Xperimania online chat: tackling the challenge of climate change

Lighter cars and energy efficient houses - new approaches to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions are discussed in the Xperimania chat on 6 November at 14.00 CET. Secondary school students are invited to pose their questions to Enrique Espi, Senior Technologist at Repsol YPF, in the first Xperimania chat held in Spanish.

Online chat guidelines

An online chat is a real-time, synchronous, text-based communication via computer. Participants in online chat sessions type messages to each other using their keyboards. The message then appears on the screens of all the participants. They may be in the same room or in different locations anywhere around the globe.