Kroto Schools Laboratory

Learning about chemistry starts well before university. We run a number of activities to support learning in schools and colleges for all age groups, ranging from lab classes and spectroscopic workshops to careers advice.

The Kroto Schools Laboratory is resourced and run by professional chemists. Sessions are suitable for students, particularly in KS4 and KS5, to conduct experiments that develop their practical skills and technical knowledge.


Our range of laboratory classes and activities introduce students to practical chemistry in a modern, well-equipped university environment.

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Buckyball Science Series

In our Buckyball Science Series videos you will learn how small a Buckyball is, and where it sits on the 'Scientific Scale'. You can also learn how to make your very own model Buckyball, and find out about marvellous molecules and chemical reactions.

Build your Buckyball


Edible Experiments

Join Dr Joanna Buckley as she explores the chemistry behind food: from finding out why mustard burns your nasal passages but chillies don't, and why you might taste boiled potatoes when you eat cheddar cheese, to how beetles can make a surprising contribution to our food.

Edible Experiments

About Professor Sir Harry Kroto

In 1958 Professor Sir Harry Kroto arrived as an undergraduate student at Sheffield to study chemistry. He graduated with a first class BSc honours degree followed in 1964 by a PhD.

Harry went on to become a leading chemistry researcher and, in 1996, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of a new form of carbon, buckminsterfullerene.

Buckminsterfullerene stands alongside the two other well-known forms of carbon - diamond and graphite. The extraordinary molecule consists of 60 carbon atoms arranged in a sphere, the hexagon and pentagon pattern exactly matching the design of most footballs.

The configuration reminded Kroto of the geodesic domes designed by the architect Buckminster Fuller, hence the name "buckminsterfullerene", or 'buckyballs'.

Harry was passionate about sharing his love of science and ran science activities with school children all around the world. The University of Sheffield continues Sir Harry's legacy by running workshops to inspire and enthuse school children about buckminsterfullerene and chemistry.

Find out more about Sir Harry and the University of Sheffield:

Professor Sir Harry Kroto