New Materials for the 21st Century - Upcoming Lecture in the Katritzky Series

New Materials for the 21st Century - Upcoming Lecture in the Katritzky Series

The College and the University of Oxford Chemistry Department are delighted to be welcoming Professor Tony Cheetham FRS to give this year’s Katritzky Lecture.

Professor Cheetham (1965, Chemistry), Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society and Professor at the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy in the University of Cambridge, will be speaking on ‘New Materials for the 21st Century’:

"We shall briefly examine some of the major challenges that confront society at the beginning of the 21st century. These include increasing population and the concomitant energy demands, global warming, sustainable food and water supplies, security, and affordable healthcare. Addressing many, if not all, of these challenges will require the development of new materials. We shall then discuss a number of key areas where materials science is expected to play a central role, such as solar energy, rechargeable batteries, and LED lighting. We shall also explore the use of new materials in some iconic applications, such as the iPhone, Tesla cars and the Boeing Dreamliner. Finally the role of new materials in medicine will be discussed."

The Katritzky Lecture is an annual event in honour of Alan Katritzky (1948, Chemistry), a former undergraduate of Catz who was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at the College in recognition of his distinguished academic career. Katritzky was a pioneer in the field of heterocyclic chemistry and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1980. The series was established due to the generosity of Alan and his family and the first lecture was given by Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas in 2009. Sadly, Alan passed away in 2014 at the age of 85.

We will be delighted to welcome, once more, a leading expert to talk. The lecture is open to all who wish to attend and will take place at the Lecture Theatre in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at 5.30pm on the 1st of June, 2017. The event is free and we look forward to seeing you there!