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Brightlands Science Lectures

Event date: April 20, 201712:00u
End date: April 20, 2017

The Brightlands Science Lectures is a platform for talented, entrepreneurial, academic and industrial scientists in the field of materials, where you will not only learn and obtain new insights relevant for your career, but you can also meet with your peers during the free lunch.

Program 20 April 2017

  • 12.00 – 12.15h Pre-Lecture "Surface Organometallic Chemistry Applied to Rhenium-Based Metathesis Catalysts" by Dr. Maxence Valla, Scientist Catalysis and Explorative Research at ARLANXEO – ETH Zurich
  • 12.15 – 13.15h Brightlands Science Lecture "Re-embedding science in the human" by Tom McLeish
  • 13.15 – 14.00h Free Lunch

Venue: Auditorium Arthur, Center Court, Brightlands Chemelot Campus.

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Biography Tom McLeish
Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University. Tom did a first degree in physics and PhD (1987) in polymer physics at Cambridge University. A lectureship at Sheffield University in complex fluid physics was followed by a chair at Leeds University from 1993. He has since won several awards both in Europe (Weissenberg Medal) and the USA (Bingham Medal) for his work on molecular rheology of polymers, and ran a large collaborative and multidisciplinary research programme in this field from 1999-2009 co-funded by EPSRC and industry.

His research interests include: (i) molecular rheology of polymeric fluids); (ii) macromolecular biological physics; (iii) issues of theology, ethics and history (especially medieval) of science. He has published over 180 scientific papers and reviews, and is in addition regularly involved in science-communication with the public, including lectures and workshops on science and faith. In 2014 OUP published his book Faith and Wisdom in Science. He has been a Reader (lay preacher) in the Anglican Church since 1993, in the dioceses of Ripon and York.

From 2008-2014 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He served as Vice-President of Science and Innovation in the Institute of Physics 2012-2015, and is currently chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee.

Biography Maxence Valla
Maxence Valla earned his PhD degree in inorganic chemistry at ETH Zurich, Switzerland under the supervision of Prof. C. Copéret.

In 2016, he received his PhD in inorganic chemistry from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, where he worked on the understanding and the development of heterogeneous Rhenium metathesis catalysts under the supervision of Prof. Christophe Copéret which resulted in 13 publications in peer reviewed journals.

He joined ARLANXEO as a scientist in March 2016 where his research focuses on the development of new homogeneous catalysts for the production of EP(D)M rubber.

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