Chemistry of Fireworks

Brush up on your chemistry this Fourth of July. Listen as Chris Mocella explains how chemists control the color, flash and bang of pyrotechnics.

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Chris Mocella
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories

Chris Mocella began working with Dr. John Conkling as an undergraduate research associate while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, with a focus on energetic materials and pyrotechnics. Chris continued working with the Summer Pyrotechnic Seminar series while attending the University of Virginia for graduate school in organometallic chemistry.  He is now a tenured chemist with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories. Most recently, Chris was co-author on the second addition of Dr. Conkling’s The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics book.