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Immersive Chemistry Podcast

Immersive Chemistry Podcast

By Tim Gallagher
The Immersive Chemistry Podcast examines the intersection of chemistry, chemical engineering, game design, educational sciences and technology. In each episode we explore the impact of immersive learning research on these fields through interviews and discussion.
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Introduction to the CHARMING project with Professor Tom Van Gerven

Immersive Chemistry Podcast

Episode 13: VR LaboSafe Game - A serious game for chemical labs
VR LaboSafe Game is a serious game that utilises immersive virtual reality to train the safety awareness and safety behaviour in chemical laboratories. In this game, laboratory workers learn to accurately identify risks, minimise these risks and perform experiments safely. Unsafe behaviour and unresolved risks result in simulated consequences that trainees experience without real harm to themselves or others. Try it out yourself! There is a demo version available for the Oculus Quest 2 on this GitHub repository:
March 01, 2022
Episode 12: Bringing chemistry to the classroom with a VR fume hood.
Sanne van Loenen has been researching game technologies such as virtual reality to create immersive experiences for young children in the context of chemistry. This research is being conducted at LuGus Studios and in collaboration with KU Leuven. In this episode, she discusses a virtual reality fume hood which she has been working on which is designed for the classroom.
October 15, 2021
Episode 11: Developing chemistry related VR experiences for children with Michael Dumin
In this episode we talk with Michael Dumin, an early-stage researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering (CIT) at KU Leuven, Belgium. As part of the CHARMING Project, his topic is “Chemistry and chemical-engineering concepts for kids”. He is exploring how fundamental chemical principles are translated into intuitive activities, so that children can learn basic concepts in a playful approach.
October 05, 2021
Episode 10: VR/AR for training in the chemical industry.
The use of immersive technologies for training in the chemical industry is growing.  One organisation which has began to develop and implement their own VR and AR training solutions is ACTA.  ACTA is a training and education center for the chemical industry in Flanders, Belgium, in the domain of chemical process techniques, process control technology and safety. In this episode, we spoke with Sarah Pascal who focuses on digital learning in the organisation. Sarah provides details of the applications ACTA is developing and also offers valuable advice for any organisation looking to implement similar training solutions.
March 26, 2021
Episode 9: Perceptions of Digital Games Based Learning in Higher Education?
There is a growing interest in the use of digital games in higher education. In this episode, we talk with Chioma Udeozor about her research into the perceptions and attitude towards the use of games for learning among chemical engineering students at the University Newcastle in the UK.
December 22, 2020
Episode 8: Designing a VR Chemical Reactor Training Prototype
In this episode of the podcast, we speak with PhD Candidates and fellow Early Stage Researchers, Sofia Garcia Fracaro and Yusra Tehreem about a VR Chemical Reactor training prototype they have been working on. Sofia is carrying out research on the effectiveness and efficiency of immersive learning environments and serious gaming applications when applied for the training of chemical operators and technicians. Yusra's research objective is to explore the use of immersive VR/AR training simulators for the advanced training of employees in the chemical industry.
September 14, 2020
Episode 7: Games making as an educational strategy with Silvia Fornós
In this episode, we speak with Silvia Fornós who is taking games-based learning research into an interesting direction, by exploring how games making can be used as an educational strategy. Silvia is a PhD Researcher at IT University Copenhagen and a CHARMING project Early Stage Researcher. She has experience working in the games industry throughout Europe.
August 04, 2020
Episode 6: Using Augmented Reality as a tool for helping students understand abstract concepts.
In this episode of the podcast we delve into the work of co-host Jessi, who is exploring the research question: Can Augmented Reality help students understand abstract concepts?  Jessi shares details about an AR application which she recently published on the Google Playstore - Science On TV. Tim and Jessi also discuss: - The SAMR Model, a theoretical framework, which can be used to categories different degrees of educational technology integration  - Nanome. A VR application which is being used by scientists, researchers and pharmaceutical developers Download the Science On TV app here:
May 06, 2020
Episode 5: Games-based learning in Chemistry Education - Less motivating, more learning
Do students learn better with games than with conventional media? This is one of the central research questions of our guest.  In this episode, we speak with Yuanyuan Hu, one of the researchers of the CHARMING Project who is exploring game-based learning in order to find some answers.
April 15, 2020
Episode 4: Is the technology irrelevant? Teaching, Learning and Educational Technology with Emanuele Bardone.
In this episode, we speak with Emanuele Bardone, an educational technology researcher who is the Programme Director for Educational Technology at the University of Tartu. Emanuele shared his experience on how practitioners interpret the relationship with educational technology and how this discipline is shaping today' s teaching and learning. Come and listen together with us an do not forget to visit to keep up with the latest updates of the network.
March 31, 2020
Episode 3: Escape Rooms as Immersive Learning Environments.
The topic of this episode is Escape Rooms and their function as immersive learning environments. We discuss a prototype developed by Merck, designed for health and safety environment training. We talk with two PhD researchers on the CHARMING Project, Sofia Garcia Fracaro and Michael Dumin, and ask them about their experience completing the Merck escape room. They share their ideas about escape rooms as learning environments and the benefits and challenges that come along with this type of immersive learning environment. 
March 25, 2020
Episode 2: Applying Computational Fluid Dynamics to AR and VR Design.
In this episode, we speak with Serkan Solmaz, an early stage researcher on the CHARMING Project who is applying computational fluid dynamics tools and related databases for chemical-model based AR/VR design. If you want to know more about the project and keep updated on what the network is doing visit us at
March 12, 2020
Introduction to the CHARMING project with Professor Tom Van Gerven
Can science & technology education be revolutionized with immersive technologies? Can this revolution be expanded to motivate and train children, students and employees in chemistry and chemical engineering?  It may sound crazy but fortunately, the European Training Network for Chemical Engineering Immersive Learning, or CHARMING for short, is taking on these challenges by bringing together specialists from chemical engineering, educational sciences, game design, and technology. In this episode, Tom van Gerven joined us to introduce the CHARMING project and the partners involved. In addition to coordinating the project, Tom is a Professor at KU Leuven in the Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems Group. If you want to know more about the project and keep updated on what the network is doing visit us at (
January 23, 2020