SPS to host world-renowned speakers for a series of Chemistry public lectures in 2020

School to welcome three Award winning speakers from the world of Chemistry to Kent this Spring

Book your tickets now to see three Royal Society of Chemistry Award winners give talks at SPS between March and April this year.

We are pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Federico Bella, Justin Bensch and Matthew Power to Kent this Spring, as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Lecture Tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately the below event has been postponed in response to containment of COVID-19. We will be arranging this for an alternative date soon. 

Dr Federico Bella, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino: “Photopolymers for energy conversion and storage”

Date: TBC

Dr Bella won the RSC 2019 ESED Early Career Award for the inventive development of photoinduced polymerization strategies for solar cells and batteries using solvent- and catalyst-free processes.

Federico Bella is assistant professor of Chemical Fundamentals for Technologies at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. He received both the BSc and MSc in Industrial Chemistry at University of Turin and the PhD in Electronic Devices at the Italian Institute of Technology. He has supervised 30 Thesis at BSc and MSc levels, and teaches “General Chemistry” in BSc coursed of Engineering.

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Professor Justin Benesch, University of Oxford, Chemistry Research Laboratory: “Weighing the evidence for molecular chaperone assembly and function”

Monday 6 April,17:00 – 18:00 followed by refreshments.

Venue: Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

Professor Benesch was awarded the the Norman Heatley Award for developing physicochemical approaches to deliver quantitative insight into molecular chaperones in health and disease.

Justin’s research has garnered an international reputation for innovative biophysical chemistry approaches based on combining mass measurement with other experimental methods, simulations, and quantitative thermodynamic and kinetic analyses. This has allowed him and his group to change our thinking as to how proteins assemble, interact, or even evolve.

His group’s research impacts broadly the interface between chemistry and life sciences. Their insights have been important to understanding molecular chaperone (mal)function in humans, and the stress tolerance of plants. Their innovations in mass measurement approaches have provided new means for researchers to quantify biomolecules and their interactions.

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Dr Matthew Powner: Monday 5 May, 17:00 – 18:00 followed by refreshments.

Venue: Sibson Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

Dr Powner was awarded the Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize in the RSC 2019 Awards for Awarded for pioneering investigations into prebiotic synthesis, which illuminate key conceptual steps in the origin of life

Matthew Powner obtained a first class master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Manchester (2005), where he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry prize, the Degussa award, the Sigma-Aldrich prize, the Glaxo prize, the Eric Braithwaite prize, the Swan prize and the Merck Sharp & Dohme award.

He is currently an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry and an Investigator of the Simons Foundation Collaboration on the Origins of Life. His research interests centre around chemistry associated with the origin of life and, along with his research group, has made contributions in the areas of nucleic acid and amino acid chemistry, protometabolic networks, ribozymes, lipids, crystal engineering, green chemistry, catalysis and photochemistry.

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