Ben Whitaker – Molecular Reaction Dynamics
"In quantum mechanics a superposition state describes the fanciful proposition that something can be in more than one place at the same time. This seemed a good description for the Arts, Science, Maker collective that grew out of a piece of installation art, commission by the Spectroscopy and Dynamics group of the RSC, called “Phase Revival: An Optical Harmonica”.
"In my talk I will describe the scientific and artistic inspiration behind Phase Revival and how the collaboration between artists, scientists and makers it fostered have led to other things – see thesuperposition.com for more information."
David Carling – Enzyme (AMPK) regulation of cell fuel
After completing a BSc in Biochemistry at Bristol University and a PhD at Dundee University, David Carling moved to the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, Imperial College where he continues to lead a research group focussed on studying the role of the AMP-activated protein kinase cascade in the regulation of metabolism. AMPK is now recognised as a key regulator of metabolism controlling both anabolic and catabolic pathways, and has attracted widespread interest as a potential therapeutic target for metabolic diseases. Work in the Carling group has uncovered important insights into the mechanism of activation of AMPK, and more recently the group has generated a gain-of-function mouse model that provides an opportunity to explore the physiological role of AMPK.More info on his lab
Peter Sarre – Astrochemistry and Molecular Physics
The Large-Molecule Universe: Flat or Curved?
"Spectroscopy is key to our understanding of the chemistry and physics of interstellar clouds and circumstellar regions of space. Ground and space-based telescope observations, taken in combination with laboratory experiments and theoretical studies, have revealed that very large molecules - including graphene-like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the fullerene C60 - are important components of our Universe.
"In this talk I’ll describe some of the astronomical objects studied, how observations are made, how these have stimulated laboratory experiments (and vice-versa), and how recent discoveries have accelerated research in this exciting area of astrochemistry."
Lee Cronin – TBC
ExScientia – TBC