Duration – 20 mins

Gas hydrates are types of ‘cagey’ or ‘holey’ ice, where the cages imprison gas molecules. Most of the world’s methane gas is trapped in these hydrates at the bottom of our oceans or in the Arctic permafrost. Join Professor Niall English for a demonstration and chat about the wonders of gas hydrates, from their origins as gas-entrapping ‘fiery ice’ to their role in shaping the world’s environment. Using a playful and accessible approach suitable for all ages, Niall will take you on this intriguing journey!

Professor Niall English is a member of I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing. The industrial manufacture of hydrates is important for water treatment and other environmental activities. Niall leads a research group at University College Dublin.