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Underneath the Periodic Table - Free Public Lecture

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  • Tue 6 Sep ’11, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Scion Research, 49 Sala St, Rotorua


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

A hundred years since Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of new chemical elements, ongoing efforts continue to expand the limits of the periodic table.

This lecture by Dr Nicola Gaston will explore the beauty and complexity of the periodic table of elements, including theoretical predictions of the properties of its newest member, Copernicium. It will introduce the ways in which the theories of quantum mechanics and relativity, in combination with modern supercomputers, allow us to make predictions about the behaviour of unknown atoms, molecules, and materials.

About Dr Nicola Gaston – Nicola Gaston is a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and a Senior Scientist at Industrial Research Ltd. She obtained her PhD from Massey University in 2006, completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden before returning to New Zealand as an NZ Science and Technology post-doctoral fellow at Industrial Research Ltd in 2007. Nicola has also been an Adjunct Research Fellow with the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University Wellington since 2010.

No booking is required for this free public lecture which is part of the year-long Marie Curie lecture series being run by the Royal Society of New Zealand to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry.

More information at www.royalsociety.org.nz/events/2011-year-of-chemistry/marie-curie-lecture-series/

Held in the Rimu Room at Scion Research.

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