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16 May 2011
PhD students and junior researchers from the School of Chemistry are joining distinguished international speakers in presenting their research at the Cardiff Spring Conference 2011.
Organised annually by the School of Chemistry, the prestigious event welcomes researchers from institutions all over the world to Cardiff to discuss their research with colleagues and members of the public.
Cardiff students and post-doctoral researchers will have an opportunity to share the limelight with these established figures.
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One such student, James Wixey, will be presenting on the topic of From Chalk to Catalyst: Hydroamination Catalysis using Calcium. James’ research looks at the use of alternative catalysts for pharmaceutical processes, in place of traditional catalysts that are expensive and in short supply.
"I’ve given a few talks over my academic career already. It is still a bit daunting speaking in front of some of the highly distinguished doctors and professors, but I think I’ll be okay", explained James.
"Talking about your work and getting it into the public domain is an important part of your PhD training. This is a nice way of showcasing what I’ve been up to for the last few years"
The two-day conference takes place 16-17 May at the School of Chemistry. The visiting speakers are Sir Fraser Stoddart FRS (Northwestern University), Daan Frenkel FRS (University of Cambridge), John A. Pickett FRS (Rothamsted Research), Phil Bartlett (University of Southampton), Dennis Dougherty (California Institute of Technology), Sven Lidin (Lund University, Sweden), and Duncan Bruce (University of York).
Attendees will be able to hear these speakers discuss their world-leading research on topics such as how organic chemistry can be used to help molecular biology, understanding the brain’s nicotine receptors, and understanding incommensurate composite structures.
More information, including a programme of events and a full list of topics and speakers, is available here.
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Phd student James Wixey and his supervisor, Dr Ben Ward, discuss the Cardiff Spring Conference 2011
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