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School of Chemistry – Visiting Speakers 2019

Wed 23rd January
(LT4; 13:00-14:00)
Dr Louise Natrajan – University of Manchester
‘Multiphoton and upconversion from f-element containing complexes’

Wed 30th January
(EFRY 1.05; 13:00-14:00)
Dr Allister Crow – University of Warwick
‘ABC Transporters: far more diverse than your textbook told you’

Wed 27th February
(Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre; 14:00-16:00)
Dr Alex Clark – Imperial College London
'Molecular Quantum Photonics'
Dr Jordi Bures - University of Manchester
‘Better Understanding for Better Reactions’

Time and Date TBC
Dr Artem Bakulin – Imperial College London
RSC Marlow Award
Title - TBC

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Wed 6th March
(LT3, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Richard Taylor – University of York
‘Natural Products to Organic Diversity: Spiro-ing Out of Control!’

Wed 20th March
(LT3, 12:00-13:00)
Prof. Jonathan Clayden – University of Bristol
RSC Tilden Prize
‘Exploiting Molecular Conformation: Reactivity, Relays and Receptors’

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Wed 3rd April
(EFRY 1.08, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Perdita Barran – University of Manchester
Title - TBC

Wed 17th April
(Queens 1.03, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Joe Harrity – University of Sheffield
‘New Strategies for the Synthesis of Boronic Acid Derivatives’

Wed 1st May
(LT4, 13:00-14:00)
Dr Susan Quinn – University College Dublin
'Exploring Ultrafast Photoinduced Processes Between Ruthenium Polypyridyl Complexes and DNA'

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Wed 22nd May – ChemEast Symposium
(The Enterprise Centre, 9am-7pm)
Prof. Tobias Ritter – Max Planck Institute
Prof. David Leigh – Univesity of Manchester
Prof. Corey Stephenson – Univesity of Michigan
Prof. Nuno Maulide – University of Vienna
Prof. Bartosz Grzybowski – Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Prof. Fernanda D Gonzalez - University of Oxford
Dr. Alyssa J Avestro - University of York
Dr Jenny Hiscock – University of Kent
Register HERE.
(split with a coffee breaks and followed by a wine reception)

Wed 26th June
(Lecture Theatre 3, 11:00-12:00)
Dr Elizaveta Suturina – University of Bath 
'Evaluation of spin-Hamiltonian parameters by paramagnetic NMR'

Wed 24th July
(EFRY 1.02; 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Mike Ingleson, University of Edinburgh
"Unusual borylation chemistry – from (NHC)Zn cation catalysed to acyl directed C-H borylation"

Wed 16th October
(EFry 01.08, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Malcolm Kadodwala – University of Glasgow
‘Chemical Nanophotonics: From chiral sensing to spatially selective chemistry on the nanoscale’

Wed 23rd October
(EFry 01.08, 13:00-14:00)
Miss Lara Lalemi – University of Bristol
‘Let’s talk about race: Building towards inclusivity not just diversity in STEM’

Wed 6th November
(EFry 01.08, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Howard Colquhoun – University of Reading
‘Supramolecular chemistry of aromatic polyimides: reading and writing copolymer sequence-information’

Wed 20th November
(EFry 01.08, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Bernard Golding – Newcastle University
RSC Robert Robinson Award Lecture
“Impossible reactions: to B12 or not to B12?”

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Wed 11th December
(SCI 3.05, 13:00-14:00)
Dr Chris Smith – University of Reading
‘Using flow photochemical heterocyclic metamorphosis to synthesize new molecules’


Wed 24th January
(LT4, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Joe Sweeney – Huddersfield
‘New methods for sustainable catalysis’

Wed 14th February
(Registry meeting room; coffee and drinks reception included, 13:00-16:00)
Prof. Sharon Ashbrook – St. Andrews
‘Disorder in Inorganic Solids: Exploiting Multinuclear NMR Spectroscopy and DFT Calculations’
Dr Susannah Coote – Lancaster
‘Outside the Box: New Synthetic Routes to Cubane Derivatives’
Dr Matt Kitching – Durham
‘On the Move: Molecular Rearrangement and Macroscopic Motion’

Wed 28th February
(JSC 3.02; coffee and drinks reception included, 13:00-16:00)
Prof. Joe Harrity – Sheffield
‘New Strategies for the Synthesis of Boronic Acid Derivatives’
Dr Jordi Bures – Manchester
Title tbc.
Dr Graham Newton – Nottingham
‘Hybrid molecular metal oxides as tuneable catalysts and supramolecular building blocks’

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Wed 14th March
(C.Hall 0.17; coffee and drinks reception included, 13:00-16:00)
Prof. Steve Howdle – Nottingham
Title tbc.
Dr Silvia Díez-González – Imperial College London
‘(Trans)Forming C-N Bonds with Copper Catalysis’
Dr Chris Smith


Wed 18th April – Chem Symposium
(Bob Champion Research and Education Building room 0.21, 13:00-18:00)
Prof. Peter Seeberger – Max Planck
‘Preventing and Fighting Infectious Diseases: Carbohydrate Vaccines and Drugs Made in Flow’
Prof. Steve Marsden – Leeds
‘Taking Control: New Tools to Explore Medicinally-Relevant Chemical Space’
Prof. Carmen Galan – Bristol
'Synthetic Glyco-Tools for Biological Research'
Dr Allan Watson – St. Andrews
‘Mechanism as a tool for reaction discovery’

Download abstract document here

Wed 2nd May
(LT4, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Tony Cass – Imperial College London – Sir George Stokes Award
Title tbc.

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Wed 9th May
(JSC 3.02; coffee and drinks reception included, 13:00-16:00)
Prof. Maria C. Gimeno – Zaragoza
'Synthesis and Applications of Functionalised N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Gold Complexes'
Dr Robert Phipps – Cambridge
‘Harnessing Non-Covalent Interactions for Control of Regioselectivity and Site-Selectivity in Catalysis’
Dr Joy Farnaby – Glasgow
'The Modular Synthesis of Rare Earth-Transition Metal Heterobimetallic Complexes Utilizing a Redox-Active Ligand'


Wed 16th May
(Queens 1.03, 14:00-15:00)
Prof. Jennifer Potts - York
"Repetitive proteins on the surface of bacterial pathogens; exploring the link between structure and function"

Wed 30th May
(LT3, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Edward Anderson – Oxford
"From small rings to large: New synthetic methods towards natural and unnatural products"

Wed 6th June
(Queens 1.03, 13:00-14:00)
Dr Fernanda Duarte Gonzalez - Edinburgh
"Unraveling the Role of Non–Covalent Interactions in Recognition and Catalysis"

Wed 13th June
(JSC 3.02, 13:00-14:00)
Dr Chris Mulligan – Kent
"Life’s ups and downs: probing the mechanism of elevator-like bacterial transporters"

Fri 9th November
(JSC 3.02, 14:00-15:00)
Dr Andrew Dicks – University of Toronto
‘Undergraduate & Graduate Research-Motivated Laboratory Renewal’
RSC Education Award

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Wed 21st November
(Queens 1.03, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Anne Duhme-Klair – University of York
‘Iron on the move: using siderophores to deliver antimicrobials and catalysts’

Wed 28th November
(JSC 3.02, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Paul O’Shea – Lancaster University
‘The Biomolecular Interactome; from biophysics to precision medicine (and back again)’

Wed 5th December
(Queens 1.03; 11:00-12:00)
Prof. Klaas Wynne – University of Glasgow
RSC Chemical Dynamics Award
Title - TBC

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School of Chemistry – Visiting Speakers 2017

Tuesday 17th January
Prof. Thomas Nann (Director, The MacDiarmid Institute, New Zealand)
Title:  Electro-spun nanofibre electrodes for energy conversion and storage
Venue: JSC 0.01
Time:  12:00

Wednesday 25th January
Prof. Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow)
Title: Investigating Electron Transfer Reactions in Polyoxometalate Clusters
Venue: E.FRY 1.01
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 1st March
Prof. Sabine Flitsch (University of Manchester)
Title: De novo reaction cascades for biocatalysis
Venue: Julian Study Centre, JSC 1.02
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 8th March
Dr. Mike Hough (University of Essex)
Title: Spectroscopic fingerprinting of redox states in protein crystals: Validation and Functional Insights
Venue: Queens 1.08
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 29th March
Prof. Claudia Höbartner  (Georg-August-University, Göttingen)  
Biochemical Society Sponsored Seminar
Title: Bioorganic chemistry with catalytic DNA and modified RNA
Venue: ARTS 01.02
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 12th April
Dr. Rebecca Melen (Cardiff University)
Title: BCF and beyond: Modern advances in borylation chemistry
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 26th April

Prof R.J. Dwayne Miller (University of Toronto)
RSC Centenary Prize Lecture April 2017
Title: Mapping Atomic Motions with Ultrabright Electrons: Realization of the Chemists’ Gedanken Experiment
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 3rd May
Prof. Graeme Hogarth (Kings College, London)
Title: Biomimetics of the iron-only hydrogenase enzyme
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 17th May

Prof. Georgios Tsaparlis (University of Ioannina, Greece)
RSC Education award and medal presentation
Title: Problem solving in chemistry education: issues, problems and solutions
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 24th May
Dr. Russell Taylor (Durham University)
Title: Alkane Activation and Functionalisation by Zeolites - Elucidating the Role of Zeotype and Extra-framework Metal
Venue: ARTS 2.01
Time: 14:00

Wednesday 14th June
Prof. Oliver Einsle (University of Freiburg)
Title: TBA
Venue: Julian Study Centre (JSC 0.01)
Time: 14:00

Wed 4th October
(LT3, 13:00-14:00)
Prof. Steve Davies - Oxford
‘An Odyssey in Chemistry to Fast Cars’

Wed 8th November
(Queens 1.03, 14:00-15:00)
Dr Anna Peacock – Birmingham
‘De novo design of lanthanide coiled coils – for applications in MRI and beyond’

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Wed 22nd November
(Queens 2.22, 12:50-13:50)
Prof. Peter O’Brien – York
‘New Routes to Nitrogen and Oxygen Heterocycles: Exploring 3-D Pharmaceutical Space’

Wed 29th November
(JSC 3.02; coffee and drinks reception included, 13:00-16:00)
Prof. Chris Hunter – Cambridge
‘Chemical Information Processing’
Prof. Scott Habershon – Warwick
‘Teaching chemistry to computers: Automated reaction discovery using random walks in chemical space’
Dr Louis Adriaenssen – Lincoln
‘Polyurethanes and Structural Relatives from Ambiphilic Comonomers’

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Wed 13th December
(LT3, 13:00-14:00)
Dr Lieven Meerpoel – Janssen – via weblink
Title tbc.

School of Chemistry – Visiting Speakers 2016

20th January:
Prof. John Sodeau (University College Cork)
Title: Detecting Nature's Biological Warfare Agents
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

25th February:
Prof. Sally Price (University College London) - Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Prize
Title: Is the crystallisation of pharmaceutical molecules controlled by thermodynamics or kinetics?
Venue: LT4
Time: 15:00

16th March:
Dr. Syma Khalid (University of Southampton) - Biochemical Society sponsored lecture
Title: Molecular dynamics simulations of bacterial membranes: adding the chemical complexity to biosimulations
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

8th April:
Prof. R. David Brit (University of California, Davis)

Title: Mechanisms of solar fuel reactions as probed by advanced EPR spectroscopy
Venue: QUEENS 1.03
Time: 14:00

20th April:
Dr. Alex Jones (University of Manchester)
Title: Animal Photomagnetoreception
Venue: LT3
Time: 14:00

27th April:
Dr. Julia Weinstein (University of Sheffield)
Title: TBA
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

18th May:
Prof. David O’Hagan (University of St Andrews) - Royal Society of Chemistry Organic Stereochemistry Award
Title: Fluorine in rings and things
Venue: QUEENS 1.03
Time: 14:00

3rd June:
Prof. Dr. Cristina Nevado (University of Zurich)
Title: Mechanistic Diversity in Metal Catalyzed Reactions
Venue: LT3
Time: 15:00

15th June:
Prof. Ulrike Eggert (Kings College London)
Title: A chemical approach to understanding cell division
Venue: QUEENS 1.03
Time: 14:00

23rd June:
Prof. Roy Harrison OBE (University of Birmingham) - Royal Society of Chemistry Environment Prize
Title: Nanoparticles in the Urban Atmosphere: Sources, Processes and Health Implications
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

6th July:
Prof. Justin Holmes (University College Cork)
Title: Semiconductor Nanowire Devices: Bottom-Up vs Top-Down Paradigms
Venue: QUEENS 1.03
Time: 14:00

16th November
Dr. Marc Vendrell (University of Edinburgh)
Title: Fluorescent Chemical Probes for Clinical Imaging
Venue: ARTS 2.02
Time: 14:00

29th November
Dr Frantisek Sanda (Institute of Physics, Charles University, Prague)
Title: "Vibronic dynamics in molecular dimers"
Venue: Queens 2.21
Time: 4pm

14th December
Dr. Amy Bonsor (University of Cambridge)
Title: Planet-eating white dwarfs: the fate of planetary systems
Venue: LT4
Time: 14:00

School of Chemistry – Visiting Speakers 2014/5


Wednesday 14th January
Dr Karen Faulds – University of Strathclyde
"Multiplexed and Sensitive Bioanalysis Using Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)"

Wednesday 21st January
Dr Kate Kemsley – Institute of Food Research
"60MHz “Benchtop” NMR for Rapid Compositional Analysis of Triglycerides"

Wednesday 11th February
Professor Michael Greaney – University of Manchester
"New Catalytic Chemistry for Heterocycle Synthesis"

Wednesday 11th March
Dr Chris Russell – University of Bristol
"Thanks A Bullion: Catalysis With Gold"

Wednesday 25th March
Professor Mike Ward – University of Sheffield
In Queens 1.03
"Self-Assembly and Host-Guest Chemistry of Polyhedral Coordination Cages"

Tuesday 7th April
Professor Amy Rosenzweig – Northwestern
RSC Joseph Chatt Award Lecture
"Biological methane oxidation"

Wednesday 15th April
Professor Rudolf Allemann – University of Cardiff
"Chemical Wizardry: Terpene Synthases and an Expansion of the Terpenome"

Wednesday 22nd April
Professor Dek Woolfson – University of Bristol
"Expanding the Universe of Possible Protein Structures and Assemblies by De Novo Design"

Wednesday 29th April
Professor Pilar Fernandez Hernando – Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid.
Wednesday 6th May
Dr Philipp Kukura – University of Oxford
In Lecture Theatre 3
"What Happens After a Molecule Absorbs a Photon?"

Wednesday 13th May
Dr. Kylie Vincent – University of Oxford
"New approaches to understanding hydrogenase enzymes and exploiting them in H2-driven chemical synthesis"

Wednesday 20th May
Dr Keith Taber – University of Cambridge
RSC Education Award Lecture
"The Imaginary and the Imagined: When scientific concepts meet students’ conceptions"

Dates TBC
RSC Award Winners – Dr Keith Taber (University of Cambridge) and possibly Professor Tobin Marks (Northwestern).

Wednesday 1st October
Professor Philip Gale – University of Southampton
RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Award Lecture
"Advances in transmembrane anion transport"

Wednesday 8th October
Professor Alexandre Alexakis – University of Geneva
"Formation of all-carbon quaternary stereocenters through asymmetric conjugate addition"

Wednesday 15th October
Professor Paul Walton – University of York
"Copper Containing Lytic Polysaccharide Monoxygenases: A New Face for Biomass Breakdown"

Wednesday 22nd October
Dr Mike Ingleson – University of Manchester
"Cationic Main Group Lewis Acids in Synthesis: From Fused Organic Materials to Catalytic Sigma Bond Activation"

Wednesday 29th October
Dr Katherine Holt – University College London
"Reactivity and Redox Chemistry at the Surface of Insulating Nanoparticles"

Wednesday 12th November
Dr Ulrich Hintermair – University of Bath
"Molecular Oxidation Catalysis with Iridium – Water Splitting and CH-oxygenations"
In ARTS 0.100

Friday 21st November
Dr Matthew Todd – University of Sydney
In ARTS 0.100

Wednesday 26th November
Professor Stephen Liddle – University of Nottingham
"Recent Progress in the Chemistry of Novel Uranium-Ligand Bonds"

Wednesday 3rd December
Professor Mathias Senge – Trinity College Dublin
"Reactions and Applications of Unsymmetrical Porphyrins"

Wednesday 10th December
Dr Ai-Lan Lee – Heriott-Watt University
"Development of Gold- and Palladium-Catalysed Reactions"

Wednesday 17th December
Professor Peter Roach – University of Southampton
"The Biosynthesis of the [Fe-Fe]-Hydrogenase H-Cluster"

Visiting Speakers 2013/14


Wednesday 2nd October
Professor Vic Morris – Institute of Food Research
"Atomic Force Microscopy: Some Applications in Food and Agriculture"

Wednesday 9th October    
Dr Jay Wadhawan – University of Hull
"Energy Devices and Sensors: Identifying the Role of Transport"

Wednesday 16th October     
Professor Simon Aldridge – University of Oxford
"Stabilization of 5- and 6-valence electron species: designing main group molecules for bond activation"

Wednesday 30th October    
Professor Eva Hevia – University of Strathclyde
"Main Group Mixed Metal Chemistry: New Perceptions and Practices"

Wednesday 6th November    
Professor Greg Scholes – University of Toronto
"Photosynthetic Machines: Why Nature is Astounding"

Wednesday 13th November    
Dr. Louise Natrajan – University of Manchester
"Adventures in f-Element Chemistry: Using Emission Spectroscopy to Probe the Electronic Properties and Structure of Multi-Metallic Complexes"

Wednesday 20th November    
Professor David Davies – University of Leicester
Title TBC

Wednesday 4th December    
Dr. Neil Hunt – University of Strathclyde
"Ultrafast 2D-IR Spectroscopy: Method and Biomolecular Applications"


Wednesday 15th January 2014
Dr. Stuart Black – University of Reading
"Up and Atom: Chemistry and Crime Fighting in a Modern Forensic Context"

Wednesday 22nd January    
Professor Tina Overton – University of Hull
Wednesday 5th February    

Dr. Elizabeth Gibson – University of Newcastle

Wednesday 19th February
Professor Robin Bedford – University of Bristol

Wednesday 12th March        
Dr. Marina Kuimova – University College London

Dr Andy Sutherland – University of Glasgow
Professor James Barber FRS – Imperial College London (RSC Award lecture, likely late May).

Mini-Symposium - Tuesday, 3rd September 2013, from 2pm, ARTS 0.100:

Prof Pierre-Yves Renard
IRCOF – University of Rouen, France
"Profluorescent and chemiluminescent probes for
enzymatic activities detection"

Prof Thierry Lequeux
ENSICAEN – University of Caen, France
"Fluorinated isosters, synthesis and applications"

Prof Didier Villemin
ENSICAEN – University of Caen, France
"Phosphonic acids for immobilisation of
homogenous catalysts: from hybrid materials to