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Departmental Seminar Programme

2018 / 2019 academic year

All lectures held at 4.00 pm in Physics Lecture Theatre, Science Concourse, unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Institute Seminar Title


Week 1 - 4 Oct Dr Remzi Becer University of Warwick

Presidential lecture (ChemSoc)

"Sustainable Polymer Chemistry: from new synthetic mechanisms to applications"

Week 2 - 11 Oct Dr Ismael Diez Perez Kings College London "The Art of Wiring Single Molecules: from the Synthetic simplicity to the Biological complexity"
Week 3 - 18 Oct

Prof Steven Tait


Prof Nian Lin

Indiana University



“Molecular Building Block Design to Steer Supramolecular Ordering in Dynamic Environments”


“Metal-organic coordination on surfaces:
towards complexity and functionality”

Week 4 - 25 Oct Prof Nick Westwood University of St Andrews "From biomass to natural products via aromatic monomers"
Week 5 - 1 Nov Prof Roberto Berlinck Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos "A multi-strategy approach for the discovery of bioactive natural products"
Week 6 - 8 Nov Prof Eufrânio N. da Silva Júnior UMFG Brazil

"Metal-catalyzed C‒H Bond Activation and Oxidation Reactions towards Bioactive Quinoidal Systems: The Special Case of A-ring Functionalization"

Week 7 - 15 Nov Assoc Prof Filippo Mancia Columbia University "Structural Insights on Catalysis at the Membrane-Water Interface"
Week 8 - 22 Nov Dr Theoni Georgiou Imperial College London "Methodical Investigation of Well-Defined
Polymeric Materials"
Week 9 - 29 Nov Prof Charlotte Williams University of Oxford "Switchable Catalysis: From Monomer Mixtures to
Multi-Block Polymers"
Week 10 - 6 Dec Prof Bo Iversen Aarhus University "Chemical bonding in layered thermoelectric materials"


Week 11 - 10 Jan

Dr Matthew R. Gyton


Dr Nat das-Neves-Rodrigues-Lopes

University of Warwick

"Rhodium(III) and Iridium(III) Complexes of a NHC-Based Macrocycle: Persistent Weak Agostic Interactions and Reactions with Dihydrogen"

"Wavepacket insights into the photoprotection mechanism of the UV filter methyl anthranilate"

Week 12 - 17 Jan Dr William Unsworth University of York

Winner of the 2018 RSC Higginbottom award

“New approaches for the synthesis of spirocycles and macrocycles”

Week 13 - 24 Jan Dr David Mills University of Manchester

RSC prize winner

"Building precise molecular architectures to maximise f-element properties"

Week 14 - 31 Jan Dr Reinhard Maurer and Dr Gabriele Sosso University of Warwick TBC (ChemSoc)
Week 15 - 7 Feb Prof Stuart Mackenzie
University of Oxford
TBC (Vas)
Week 16 - 14 Feb Dr Kim Jelfs Imperial College London RSC prize winner
Week 17 - 21 Feb Dr Tom Penfold University of Newcastle TBC (Vas/Scott)
Week 18 - 28 Feb Prof Paolo Samorì University of Strasburg TBC (Giovanni)
Week 19 - 7 Mar Prof Christian Masquelier CS, Université de Picardie Jules Verne "Operando X-Ray or Neutron diffraction during Li- or Na- battery charge /discharge"
Week 20 - 14 Mar Prof. Dr. Joost N. H. Reek University of Amsterdam TBC (Ward)


Week 31 - 02 May Dist Prof Margaret Brimble University of Auckland RSC prize winner



5 Oct

Dr Russ Kitson

University of Warwick

And Now for Something Completely Different': A story of a switch from lab-based to chemistry education research 

12 Oct

Prof Jasper van Thor

Imperial College London


Ultrafast Structural Dynamics and Coherence in Protein Crystals  

19 Oct

Prof Helen Hailes

University College London

The use of enzymes for C-C bond formation and amine analysis 

Helen received her Ph.D in 1991 at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Jim Staunton. She pursued post-doctoral work at Cambridge, and then at Imperial College London with Professor Steve Ley and subsequently with Dr David Widdowson. She joined the Department of Chemistry, University College London as a Lecturer in 1994, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2002, a Reader in 2005, and Professor of Chemical Biology in 2010.

26 Oct

Prof Michael Shaver University of Edinburgh New Monomers in Ring Opening and Radical Polymerisations

2 Nov

Eugenio Vázquez Universidade de Santiago de Compostela DNA recognition with designed peptides &

9 Nov


16 Nov

Prof Pavel Jungwirth Academy of Sciences CR

‘The Warwick Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry’

Exploring Hydrated Electrons in Non-Conventional and
Conventional Ways: From Alkali Metal Explosions to Non-Explosive Ways

- 23 Nov

Associate Prof Martin Schmeing

McGill University

Structures and functions of nonribosomal peptide synthethases, macromolecular antibiotic factories  

Martin did his PhD studies with Tom Steitz at Yale and postdoctoral studies with Venki Ramikrishnan at MRC LMB, in both cases on the structure of the ribosome. He thus has the unusual distinction of having worked with two Nobel Prize Winners. Since starting his independent career at McGill University in Montreal he has focused on structural studies of nonribosomal peptide synthetases, resulting in several high profile papers, including one in Nature in 2016. Martin will be with us for a day or two before/after his seminar lectures, so there will be plenty of opportunity for faculty, postdocs and PhD students to meet with him.

30 Nov

Prof Paul Topham Aston University

X-ray scattering in polymer science  

7 Dec

Dr James W Walton Durham University

Ruthenium π-Arene Complexes in Catalysis and as Therapeutic Agents

11 Jan

'UG Winter Prizegiving' event followed by:

Dr Gavin Bell, Physics Department

University of Warwick

'Adventures in Epitaxy'

Discussing what epitaxy is (growth of one crystal on another) and some examples: semiconductors and nanostructures, graphene, etc.

18 Jan

Prof Saiful Islam University of Bath

RSC Prizewinner: Peter Day Award

'Atomic-Scale Insights into Energy Materials (Batteries Included)'

For the next generation of clean energy technologies, the fundamental understanding and development of new materials
are crucial. This talk highlights (with the aid of 3D specs) the use of advanced modelling methods in synergy with experiment to gain new insights into the materials chemistry of lithium batteries and perovskite solar cells.

25 Jan

Prof Ed Tate

Imperial College London Proteins, lipids and drug disovery: from malaria to the common cold   

1 Feb

Prof Clare Grey FRS

University of Cambridge

Recent Developments in the Application of In- and Ex-situ NMR Spectroscopy to Batteries and Supercapacitors

This talk will focus on our work on the development of methods that allow devices to be probed while they are operating (i.e., in-situ). This allows, for example, the transformations of the various cell components to be followed under realistic conditions without having to disassemble and take apart the cell. To this end, the application of new in and ex-situ Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray diffraction approaches to correlate structure and dynamics with function in lithium- and sodium-ion batteries and supercapacitors will be described.

8 Feb

Dr Aidan McDonald

Trinity College Dublin

Winner of the RSC Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship.

'Tuning the reactivity of high-valent nickel oxidants for hydrocarbon oxidation'

15 Feb

Prof Dudley Shallcross

University of Bristol

Nyholm Prize lecture.

The myriad impacts of public engagement on tertiary education; including smoothing the transition from secondary to tertiary education  

22 Feb

Prof Evan Williams


The Warwick Lecture in Analytical Chemistry: 'Fast Reactions in Aqueous Nanodrops  

**in LIB2**

1 Mar

Prof Yi Tang


The Warwick Chemical Biology Lecture:

'Chemistry and Biology of Fungal Natural Products'  

Yi did his PhD at Caltech with David Tirrell and postdoctoral work with Chaitan Khosla at Stanford. He has more than 150 publications (H-index 46), including numerous recent articles in JACS, Angewandte Chemie and Nat. Chem. Biol. His primary area of current research interest is fungal natural product biosynthesis and he recently published the textbook “Natural Product Biosynthesis: Chemical Logic and Enzymatic Machinery” with Chris Walsh (Tim Bugg’s postdoctoral supervisor). Yi will be with us for a day or two before/after his seminar, so there will be plenty of opportunity for faculty, postdocs and PhD students to meet with him.

7 Mar

Michelle Hill

Monash University

Skills? What skills? Do undergraduates studying chemistry recognise or value skills development?  

8 Mar

Prof David Leigh and

Prof Craig Hawker

University of Manchester

UC Santa Barbara

Warwick Chemistry Polymer Chemistry lecture  

15 Mar

Dr Diana Catalina Lozano


Dr Luís Perdigão

The Warwick Chemistry Research Fellows Lecture

‘Pushing the analytical limits: Combining mass spectral stitching and variable transient length to enhance the performance of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry'

'High intensity electrospray source for UHV deposition of large functional molecules for in-situ STM studies'

12 April

Prof Graham Leggett

University of Sheffield

Biological quantum optical systems’

In room: C521