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Departmental Seminar Programme

2017 / 2018 academic year

All lectures held at 4.00 pm in Physics Lecture Theatre, Science Concourse, unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Institute Seminar Title

Week 1 - 5 Oct

Dr Russ Kitson

University of Warwick

'And Now for Something Completely Different': A story of a switch from lab-based to chemistry education research 

Week 2 - 12 Oct

Prof Jasper van Thor

Imperial College London

 

Ultrafast Structural Dynamics and Coherence in Protein Crystals  

Week 3 - 19 Oct

Prof Helen Hailes

University College London

The use of enzymes for C-C bond formation and amine analysis 

Helen received her Ph.D in 1991 at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Jim Staunton. She pursued post-doctoral work at Cambridge, and then at Imperial College London with Professor Steve Ley and subsequently with Dr David Widdowson. She joined the Department of Chemistry, University College London as a Lecturer in 1994, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2002, a Reader in 2005, and Professor of Chemical Biology in 2010.

Week 4 - 26 Oct

Prof Michael Shaver University of Edinburgh New Monomers in Ring Opening and Radical Polymerisations

Week 5 - 2 Nov

Eugenio Vázquez Universidade de Santiago de Compostela TBC

Week 6 - 9 Nov

RSC Prize Winner    

Week 7 - 16 Nov

Prof Pavel Jungwirth Academy of Sciences CR

‘The Warwick Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry’

Week 8 - 23 Nov

Associate Prof Martin Schmeing

McGill University

‘The Warwick Structural Biology Lecture’

Martin did his PhD studies with Tom Steitz at Yale and postdoctoral studies with Venki Ramikrishnan at MRC LMB, in both cases on the structure of the ribosome. He thus has the unusual distinction of having worked with two Nobel Prize Winners. Since starting his independent career at McGill University in Montreal he has focused on structural studies of nonribosomal peptide synthetases, resulting in several high profile papers, including one in Nature in 2016. Martin will be with us for a day or two before/after his seminar lectures, so there will be plenty of opportunity for faculty, postdocs and PhD students to meet with him.

Week 9 - 30 Nov

Prof Paul Topham Aston University

TBC

Week 10 - 7 Dec

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Week 11 - 11 Jan

Chemsoc speaker TBC

TBC

Week 12 - 18 Jan

Prof Saifal Islam University of Bath

TBC

Week 13 - 25 Jan

Prof Ed Tate

Imperial College London TBC

Week 14 - 1 Feb

Prof Clare Grey FRS

Cambridge TBC

Week 15 - 8 Feb

Prof Aidan McDonald

Trinity College Dublin Winner of the RSC Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship

Week 16 - 15 Feb

Prof Dudley Shallcross

University of Bristol

Nyholm Prize lecture

Week 17 - 22 Feb

Prof Evan Williams

Berkeley

‘The Warwick Lecture in Analytical Chemistry’

Week 18 - 1 Mar

Prof Yi Tang

UCLA

‘The Warwick Chemical Biology Lecture’

Yi did his PhD at Caltech with David Tirrell and postdoctoral work with Chaitan Khosla at Stanford. He has more than 150 publications (H-index 46), including numerous recent articles in JACS, Angewandte Chemie and Nat. Chem. Biol. His primary area of current research interest is fungal natural product biosynthesis and he recently published the textbook “Natural Product Biosynthesis: Chemical Logic and Enzymatic Machinery” with Chris Walsh (Tim Bugg’s postdoctoral supervisor). Yi will be with us for a day or two before/after his seminar, so there will be plenty of opportunity for faculty, postdocs and PhD students to meet with him.

Week 19 - 8 Mar

Prof David Leigh and

Prof Craig Hawker

University of Manchester

UC Santa Barbara

Mini Symposium/Departmental Materials Prize lecture

Week 20 - 15 Mar

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