Recounting an Ancient Story of Crystallisation: Saffron Rock Candy

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Project Details


Funding: Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) Engagement Grant Programme (£1500)
Summary: In this project, we aim to raise awareness of crystallisation science among students of primary and secondary schools through easy-to-follow, self-paced experimental packages. We will demonstrate the crystallisation process in the case of rock candy, along with the underlying science in an easy-to-understand manner. As part of the engagement strategy, crystallisation science's cultural and historical aspects will also be considered. Audiences will learn how crystals form, practice the science behind solubility and super-saturated solutions and understand the impact of crystallisation conditions (such as temperature, pressure, seeding, and concentration) on the final structure and the taste of sugar crystals. The key concepts include crystal growth, seeding crystals, solvent/solute, and solubility.
Effective start/end date9/01/239/07/23


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