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Public lecture to explore future of chemistry

Computational chemistry and the integral role it plays in advancing society will be explored when an award-winning scientist presents a special public lecture in September.

Professor Michelle Coote (pictured) will be in Tasmania to present the lecture, ‘Computer-aided Chemical Design: The Future of Chemistry’, on Tuesday 12 September.

She is from the Australian National University’s School of Chemistry and is a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.

In her talk, Professor Coote will highlight what computational chemistry is, and how this type of technology is impacting on chemistry.

“Most people regard chemistry as an experimental science and experiments are certainly very important,” she said.

“After all, one of the main goals of chemical research is to make useful materials, pharmaceuticals and all the other products upon which modern life depends.

“But before we can make things we need recipes, and to design those recipes it helps to understand how and why molecules react.

“This is where computational chemistry can help out.”

Professor Coote will outline what computation chemistry can do – from the design of paints that last longer, to improved self-healing materials or solar cells.

Professor Coote is the 2017 Georgina Sweet ARC Laureate Fellow and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

She has published over 200 papers in the fields of polymer chemistry, radical chemistry and computational chemistry.

Her work has received numerous accolades including the Le Fevre Memorial Prize of the Australian Academy of Science and the Pople Medal of the Asia-Pacific Association for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (2015).

In 2014, she was elected to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science.

The lecture will be held from 7.30pm at the Harvard Lecture Theatre 2 on the University’s Sandy Bay Campus.

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Published on: 11 Aug 2017 12:07pm