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Newsroom Releases 2013 November Getting up close and personal at the molecular level

25/11/2013
Getting up close and personal at the molecular level
Art, architecture and engineering at the molecular level will be examined in the 2013 LF Power Memorial Lecture at JCU tonight.

Getting up close and personal at the molecular level

First published November 25, 2013

ATTN NEWS EDITORS/CHIEFS OF STAFF:

Art, architecture and engineering at the molecular level will be examined in the 2013 LF Power Memorial Lecture at James Cook University tomorrow.

The lecture will be presented by Leonard F. Lindoy, from the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

The L.F. Power Memorial Lecture is held in honour of the memory of Associate Professor Leslie Frederick Power, who is remembered for his many contributions to JCU and for his special interest in student affairs.

Summary:

Members of our species, Homo sapiens evolved in Africa around 200,000 years ago but it is only around 10,000 years ago that permanent structures began to be built.

Monumental constructions in stone, typified by the pyramids and other great structures scattered throughout the Middle East, remain to remind us of the mind-shift that occurred at that time.

Dating from the beginnings of modern chemistry around two hundred years ago, it has been increasingly possible to undertake related creative activities at the molecular level – representing a further milestone in human history.

This is especially true over recent decades - reflecting the development of supramolecular chemistry, a branch of chemistry that mimics Nature’s way of doing things.

It is both a challenging and exciting activity where human creativity may be readily expressed.

The design and creation of aesthetically pleasing molecular structures that bridge the boundaries between art and science will be discussed.

When: 6.00pm, Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Where: James Cook University Townsville, Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26.

Video conferenced to Cairns (Crowther Theatre, building A3.1)

JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175.