Sylvia & Me
Kate Biberdorf aka Kate the Chemist, Author ‘It’s Elemental'

Dr. Kate Biberdorf is the author of It’s Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry in Everything. Best known as Kate the Chemist, Kate is a chemistry professor, author, scientist and ultimate Science Entertainer. A self-proclaimed pyromaniac, Kate’s is on a mission to show young girls that you can be a fashionista, wear makeup and be a brilliant scientist and chemistry nerd all rolled into one.

‘I think it’s important for my students to see that. Like, yes, you can be feminine and you can love makeup, but you also can be a brilliant scientist who has a PHD in inorganic, chemistry, and likes to blow stuff up and make science fun.’

Everything we do involves chemistry, from waking up and having breakfast, putting on makeup to, going to the beach, the bar or going to sleep. It’s Elemental demystifies the principles that have eluded so many of us. She makes them come alive. How about something so simple as coffee or lipstick? Yup – they all involve chemistry. As a young girl Kate was curious about everything. She never stopped asking, but it was a high school chemistry teacher who brought chemistry to life for Kate. Kate is a believer that there are two important things that get people’s interest: visual and smell.

Kate is the author of the bestseller The Big Book of Experiments, a full-color non-fiction book featuring 25 fun, kid-friendly experiments kids can do in their own kitchens. Amazon selected it as one of their Best Books of 2020. She is also the author of the Kate the Chemist fiction series that features a 10-year-old Kate the Chemist who, along with her friends and little brother Liam, solves problems in her community with the help of science.

She has appeared on The Today Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, NBC Nightly News, the Wendy Williams Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and Late Night with Stephen Colbert. ​


An explosive conversation with Kate
  • A very inquisitive child
  • Mrs. Kelli Palsrok – sophomore chemistry
  • Making a difference for so many young girls
  • Appearance and the ‘big bang’
  • VARK – Visual, Auditory, Read/Write. Kinesthetic
  • Teaching done differently than say 20 years ago
  • Did Susie really want to know about sunscreen, or was that her mom’s question?
  • Young children and the magic of chemistry
  • Bringing molecules to life
  • Nine months to prove it – chemistry that is