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Atoms are unreliable, they make up everything! Yet they are fascinating and the best toys chemists and physicists could ask for. Join us (for a beer?) and to explore the world on the atomic level.
Solvent-Free Chemistry or What’s a Chemist Without a Beverage?
Professor Tomislav Friščić (Associate Professor - Department of Chemistry at McGill University)
Chemistry is simply unimaginable without solvents. The colourful, bubbling, fuming liquids are a trademark of chemists and a centerpiece of many B-movies. They are also the principal component of waste streams; industries use >40 million tons of solvents each year, many of which are toxic or flammable. But things are changing! Inspired by writings of Theophrastus 2500 years ago, chemists are now breaking with tradition, discovering that solvent-free chemistry is possible, and can be used to ensure cleaner, safer manufacturing.
Graphene: life in flatworld
Professor Michael Hilke (Associate Professor - Department of Physics at McGill University)
Graphene, a single sheet of atoms is one the the most fascinating newly discovered materials of the last fifteen years, with promises to revolutionize technologies such as consumer electronics, nanomedicine and green energy. This is based on its remarkable properties, like excellent conduction, transparency, strength, bio-compatibly in addition to recently discovered superconductivity. Do the actual applications live up to graphene's potential? In this presentation I will explore the different facets of this fascinating flat world.