Prof. George Whitesides

Nous avons reçu dans le cadre des Lectures Lavoisier le professeur George Whitesides du 6 au 9 Décembre 2010. Le professeur Whitesides a donné durant cette semaine six conférences.

Retrouvez le prof G. Whitesides dans un reportage photo par Agnès Anne (LEM)

Lundi 6 Décembre à 14h dans l’amphithéâtre Buffon.

Studies of the emergence of unexpected behaviors  in systems of interacting mesoscale components. Complexity and Emergence.

Mercredi 8 Décembre à 14h dans l’amphithéâtre 12E.

Reinventing Chemistry. Chemistry, and the world of science and technology of which  it  is a part,  are  changing  dramatically.   Biology,  materials,  nanotechnology,  and  other  less familiar/popular areas offer opportunities; the decline in invention in the chemical industry, and  of  productivity  in  the  pharmaceutical  industry,  limit  opportunities.  One  future  for chemistry  is  the emergence of new  fields; another  is absorption by other disciplines. Every area  of  science  faces  periods  of maturation  and  reinvention. What  are  the  indicators  for chemistry at this time? Does the history of other fields offer useful lessons?

Jeudi 9 Décembre à 11h dans l’amphithéâtre Buffon.

Questions about  the Origin of Life. Discussion of  some of  the constraints that must be considered in thinking about how life might have originated.

Lundi 6 Décembre, 10h30 – Bâtiment Lavoisier, salle 774

Paper,  String, and Gels. This  talk describes  a  variety of  applications  for  these materials  in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and other areas.

Mardi 7 Décembre, 10h30 – Bâtiment Lavoisier, salle 774

Electrets  and  Contract  Electrification. Where does  static  electricity  come  from?  The  spark between  the  fingertip and  the doorknob? This talk begins  to answer  these questions, and also to discuss the molecular processes underlying contact electrification.

Mercredi 8 Décembre, 10h30 – Bâtiment Lavoisier, salle 774

Electron Transfer across Self‐Assembled Monolayers. The development of a  junction based on SAMs sandwiched between two metal electrodes—one gold or silver and the other liquid mercury and the use of these systems to study mechanisms of electron transfer in organic materials.