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Sir Martyn Poliakoff – Casting light on a greener future

Martyn Poliakoff

Invitation to SCI’s free Public Evening Lecture

Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE – Casting light on a greener future

Wednesday 25 April 2018

  • Innovation in green chemistry has produced breakthrough technologies in a variety of sectors – from energy to medicine
  • Photochemistry is the study of the chemical effects of light and can be applied to many industrial and chemical manufacturing processes, for example the anti-malarial artemisinin
  • Sir Martyn Poliakoff became famous for his popular series of YouTube videos ­– the Periodic Table of Videos – in which he makes chemistry simple, interesting, and accessible to more than 1 million subscribers

In 1912, the pioneering Italian chemist, Ciamician, presented a powerful vision of a world where photochemistry would enable green fuel breakthroughs to power civilisation. Today, Sir Martyn and his team at the University of Nottingham are at the forefront of this research. On Wednesday 25 April 2018 at his SCI Public Evening Lecture, Sir Martyn will update the audience on his team’s work into making photochemistry greener, more energy efficient, and more widely accessible, and how they plan to turn Ciamician’s vision into reality.

About the Speaker

Sir Martyn is a Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and has been involved with many organisations through his career, and is a fellow of the Royal Society, the RSC and IChemE – among others. In 2008, he was awarded a CBE for ‘Services to Sciences’, and later knighted in 2015 for ‘Services to the Chemical Sciences’.

His popular YouTube series, featuring an extensive range of experiments and different anecdotes about each element of the periodic table, has received praise from the public as well as from Nobel Prize winners, including Roald Hoffmann.

Date for your diary: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Venue: SCI HQ, 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS

Reception opens at 18.00 and the lecture starts at 18.30. This is a free event.



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