The podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) covers the 110 years of history of Instituto Superior Técnico, through its past, present and future objects.
A collection of objects related to different fields, such as science, music, arts and sports, is the starting point for conversations with people who will tell us more about the history of these objects.
A new episode is released every week. The podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) is part of the Público newspaper podcasts.
Today’s episode (#60) – 16th September 2022: “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) – The crystals inside glass amphorae.
It is a rare collection in Portugal that includes 24 large crystals preserved in glass amphorae, dating from the 1940s. The exact chemical composition of some of these crystals is not known, nor their date of origin or when they were brought to Técnico. But it is known that these alumens (inorganic single crystals) continue to attract people from around the world, and that some of the most important metals in chemistry are sealed inside these glass amphorae. Soon, they will be exhibited at Técnico – Alameda campus, in the corridors of the South Tower, as part of the museum collection of the Department of Chemical Engineering.