2012 - A Nobel Prize at Trinity College Dublin, Jean-Marie Lehn

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For the visit of Jean-Marie Lehn in Trinity College Dublin in partnership with the Embassy of France in Ireland, Trinity College together with University College Dublin will organise a series of meetings with young researchers from their respective School of Chemistry about their research subjects. The school of chemistry of TCD will also organise a general public Cocker Lecture which will be given by Jean- Marie Lehn.

JPEGJean-Marie Lehn is a French chemist. He received the Nobel Prize together with Donald Cram and Charles Pedersen in 1987 for his work on Chemistry, particularly his synthesis of the cryptands. Lehn was an early innovator in the field of supramolecular chemistry. Jean-Marie Lehn is currently professor emeritus at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires of the University of Strasbourg and honorary professor at the prestigious Collège de France.

Cocker Lecture
"From Matter to Life: Chemistry ? Chemistry !" by Jean-Marie Lehn
3rd of July at 6.30 pm
Tercentenary Hall
Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI),
152-160 Pearse Street
Trinity College Dublin

Abstract: The evolution of the universe has generated more and more complex matter through self-organization, up to living and thinking matter. Animate as well as inanimate matter, living organisms as well as materials, are formed of molecules and of the organized entities resulting from the interaction of molecules with each other. Chemistry provides the bridge between the molecules of inanimate matter and the highly complex molecular architectures and systems which make up living organisms. Molecular chemistry has developed a very powerful set of methods for constructing ever more complex molecules. Supramolecular chemistry seeks to control the formation of molecular assemblies by means of the interactions between the partners. The designed generation of organized architectures requires the handling of information at the molecular level in a sort of molecular programming, thus also linking chemistry with information science. The field of chemistry is the universe of all possible entities and transformations of molecular matter, of which those actually realized in nature represent just one world among all the worlds that await to be created. Conceptual considerations on chemistry and science in general will be presented .

Admission is free of charge, but tickets must be obtained in advance from the School of Chemistry
Contact Ms Jill Galvin 01-8961726, or email: galvinji@tcd.ie
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Published on 18/01/2016

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