Autumn 2017 issue of Resonance

The seventh issue of Resonance, the department’s student written magazine, is now available. The magazine can be downloaded here or viewed via issuu below.

The focus of the current issue is on chemistry in literature. Featured articles include an examination of the chemistry behind the poison used in the Agatha Christie novel “Mysterious Affair at Styles”; how chemistry can explain some of the magical affects observed in the Harry Potter universe; and a discussion of forensic science.

This issue also includes the second part of the history of the department finally addresses the question of what happened to lecture theatres 2-5. We also find out the wide variety of compounds in a bar of chocolate. Emeritus Professor Charles Stirling is interviewed about his lifetime experiences. We also report our first opinion piece discussing some of the differences between science and faith. The element of focus in the Elemental Factfile is Iridium.

Departmental News features several short articles about some of the important news stories over the past year from across the department including: Zoe Smallwood and the Resonance team meeting Helen Sharman after her honorary graduation award; recent academic awards; the annual outreach Kroto Day; and the results of the recent Instagram competitions.

Further information

Resonance is a biannual magazine produced by students. Beginning back in 2013, there have been six previous issues with issues six and seven under the editorial direction of Beth Crowston. If you are interested in the next issue, scheduled for release in spring 2018, email the team at

For a list of previous issues visit the website through the following link.