Science/chemistry teachers, NZIC members and others interested in chemistry are invited to attend a series of four extended lectures to be given by Bob Grubbs (at the University of Canterbury as a visiting Erskine Fellow). Bob has been a key figure in the development of metathesis chemistry, for which he shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2005. Metathesis catalysis allow alkenes to be isomerised and inter-converted. The process can be applied in a huge range of settings, from industry through to total synthesis of complex natural products.
Many staff and research students will also attend and there will be an opportunity for all to mingle during the mid-lecture break.
More information about the lectures can be found at the University of Canterbury Chemistry website.