LF Power Memorial Lecture 2019
Where: At James Cook University
Building 142 - The Science Place, Townsville Campus
Guest Speaker Professor Jonathan Steed
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Durham University
"Jelly, Pharmaceuticals and Blue Ketchup: What have Crystals Ever Done for Me?"
The year 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. While the Periodic table is based on a simple property of the atomic nucleus – the number of protons in a given atom – it is tremendously useful to chemists, not least because an element’s position in the table determines its chemistry. Even though all atoms of an element have the same number of protons and occupy a single space in the Table, the chemical elements come in a huge range of chemical forms called allotropes.
In this LF Power Memorial Lecture I will show how allotropy and polymorphism are fundamental properties of chemical compounds, give at least 1.05 billion financial reasons for the importance of polymorphism in the pharmaceutical industry and show how an understanding of the crystallization process and the way in which molecules self-assemble is vital for the control of their materials properties. I’ll also show some blue tomato ketchup and how to make hair-like braids on the nanoscale; something for everyone.
Light Refreshments provided