Future Talks

All talks at Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street 7.15 for 7.45 unless otherwise advertised.

Licensed bar serving hot drinks, cakes and snacks. No charge to attend. Contributions welcome.

3rd June 2019 “ Nanostructured Materials” Dr Alex Robertson

The development of new materials is often the key enabling step that allows us to realise new technologies. A famous example of this is how the integrated circuit, the basis for all our phones and computers, was only possible thanks to the invention and perfection of an exacting technique for growing high quality silicon crystals. Now, many of the greatest scientific challenges are bottlenecked by the development of new materials. The field of nanomaterials is now revolutionising many fields, such as giving us better catalysts in industry, and is poised to deliver leaps in electronics, batteries, healthcare, and structural materials.

I will discuss what makes a nanomaterial, and introduce some of the main candidates of interest. This includes graphene, whose emergence has caused a lot of interest over the past fifteen years. I will discuss how their structure gives them their unique and exciting properties, and explore if and how they may impact our daily lives in the future. Finally, I will include some discussion of what my own research is in this field, and how it links in to the big picture of nanomaterials research.

Dr Alex Robertson is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research as a doctoral student and a post-doc was on the synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials, with a particular focus on graphene. With the support of the Royal Society, he has now moved toward developing new techniques to understand how battery materials behave, and degrade, while they are charged and discharged.

1st July  2019 “Driving-us-closer-to-greener-transport: sustainable lightweight composites” Professor Hom Nath Dhakal

5th August  2019 “Designing cycleways” Helen Littler

2nd September 2019  – “Fungi are more than just soup: An appreciation of a poorly understood kingdom”- Dr Stuart Skeates

7th October 2019 “Not so fantastic plastic.” Prof Andrea Russell