Pyrotechnic chemistry

2 Day Course

This course is based on the Kosanke Pyrochemistry course and is delivered outside the US by Dr Tom Smith.

Where and When:

Camden House, Kenilworth –  Monday & Tuesday 23/24 April 2018 – 09:30 to 16:30


£495 + VAT per attendee

Basic Course Description:

The course is a blend of basic chemical principles, and the application of those principles to understanding pyrotechnics and to solving practical problems. Attendees will expand their knowledge of pyrotechnic chemistry, improve their proficiency in conducting research and development, and gain important insights regarding safety. The course is structured into a series of 12 modules, augmented with many video demonstrations. To aid in comprehension and retention of information, a copy of the Kosanke’s recently published book Pyrotechnic Chemistry is included. The course is designed for: those who have at least modest skills in pyrotechnics, but little or no formal chemistry background; and those who have a basic understanding of chemistry, but with little knowledge of pyrotechnics. Persons with little knowledge of either chemistry or pyrotechnics will benefit greatly from the course; but the amount of information presented will be more than can easily be retained. Generally, the class is composed of a mix of industry personnel and individuals, working in both research and production. In this way there will be an opportunity for attendees to share and gain insights from their collective experiences.

Course Instructor:

The instructor for the UK courses is Tom Smith. Tom has a DPhil in organic chemistry from Oxford University and has had an involvement in the firework industry for over 30 years. Tom is currently chairman of the CBI/EIG pyrotechnic group and secretary of the British Pyrotechnists Association. Recent projects have also included acting as pyrotechnic consultant to the London Millennium celebrations and the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Course Schedules:

Each course will be run at Grafham Water Sailing Club, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. The venue is easily reached and a variety of local accommodation is available. Further details are available from CarnDu Ltd. Each course will run from 9 am to 4.30 pm all three days. It is also possible to arrange bespoke courses to be run at your site if this is of interest.

Course Cost:

£495 (+ VAT) , including Pyrotechnic Chemistry book. Half of the £495 registration fee (£247.50) is due with your completed registration form. The remainder is due at or before the start of the course. Also included with the course are a certificate of completion and light refreshments. [A few scholarships are available for individuals not associated with a company, which reduce the fee to £275 (+VAT). Contact us for details.]

Attendance Limit:

To give personalized attention to the needs of each attendee, the class size will be limited.

Refund Policy:

Full refunds will be made for cancellations received at least eight weeks before the start of the course. A charge of £250 will be made for cancellations received within two weeks before the start of the course. The full deposit may be forfeited for cancellations made within one week of the start of the class.  Alternatively we may be able to offer attendance at a later date. Further details will be provided to all course registrants as the time of the course draws nearer.


Please complete the Pyrotechnic Chemistry Course 2017 registration form and return to us with payment to book your place.

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