Plenary Lectures

Charles M Lieber, Harvard University, USA

Charles M Lieber will be delivering the opening Plenary Lecture at CSC 2017.

Charles M Lieber

Bio: Charles M Lieber received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and Stanford University, respectively, and carried out postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology. He was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, and now holds appointments at Harvard University in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry, and the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Lieber has pioneered the synthesis of nanowire materials, the characterization of the fundamental properties of these materials, methods of hierarchical assembly of nanowires, and applications of these materials in nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, and bioelectronics. Current work is focused at the electronics-biology interface with an emphasis on creation of new tools for neuroscience and cell biology, as well as paradigm-shifting three-dimensional mesh electronics for seamless integrations with the brain and nervous system.

Abstract: Nano-bioelectronics: From Sensor Chips to Seamless Brain-electronics Implants

Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS, University of Nottingham, UK

Sir Martyn Poliakoff will be delivering the closing Plenary Lecture at the Joint CSC/Public Event: This Molecular World: From the Depths of the Earth to Infectious Disease.

Sir Martyn Poliakoff

Bio: Professor Martyn Poliakoff obtained his B.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) from King's College, Cambridge, under the supervision of JJ Turner FRS on the Matrix Isolation of Large Molecules. He is a Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, where principal areas of his research are supercritical fluids, continuous reactions and their applications to Green Chemistry. Professor Poliakoff is additionally an Honorary Professor of Chemistry at Moscow State University, and from 2011-16 was Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society, the UK and commonwealth academy of sciences. He is Fellow of several academies and learned societies. He was knighted in 2015 for “services to the chemical sciences”. He is also the lead presenter of the highly successful YouTube channel, the Periodic Table of Videos.

Abstract: From Test-Tube to YouTube

Eugenia Kumacheva, University of Toronto - CIC Medal Winner

Eugenia Kumacheva

Bio: Eugenia Kumacheva is the Canada Research in Advanced Polymer Materials (Tier 1) at the University of Toronto with an international reputation for her interdisciplinary research in the field of "soft matter". Current research in the Kumacheva group includes six major themes: polymer materials science (including gels and hybrid polymer-inorganic materials), nanoscience, self-assembly, microfluidics, and fate of CO2 in liquid reactive and non-reactive environments. Her achievements have been recognized by the University of Toronto by being named the Inventor of the Year in 2012 and a University Professorship (a distinction reserved for <2% of the Faculty) in 2013. She has received many national awards and honours including the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award and the Clara Benson Award. She was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007 and Royal Society (U.K.) and received a Killam Research Fellowship in 2010. Her international awards include a Schlumberger Scholarship (UK), a Chorafas Foundation Award in Physics and Engineering, a Humboldt Research Award, and the 2009 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.

Abstract: Nanoparticle Self-assembly: Bridging the Gap between Molecules and Nanoparticles

Neil Burford, FCIC University of Victoria - Montréal Medal Winner

Neil Burford

Bio: Neil Burford obtained a BSc honours from the University of Wales, Cardiff and a PhD from the University of Calgary. Following his post-doctoral studies at the University of Alberta and at the University of New Brunswick, he was appointed assistant professor of chemistry at Dalhousie University in 1987, Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research in 2000 and Canada Research Chair Tier I in 2001. Burford was appointed chair of the Department at Dalhousie University in 2008 and in 2011, he moved to the University of Victoria as professor and chair of the Department. He has served as the chair of the CSC inorganic chemistry division, as CSC director of subject divisions and as CSC president and is currently the chair of the Canadian National Committee on IUPAC (CNC/IUPAC).

Abstract: Shifts, Δs, Hybridization and Characterization of the Chemistry Discipline