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Asking the Big Questions

Unfortunately this venue does not have step free access or accessible toilets. It is however dog friendly.
Past event - 2024
13 May Doors open 7.00 pm
Event runs 7.30-9.30 pm.
Hop Garden, 19 Metchley Lane, Harborne,
Birmingham B17 0HT
Join as we ask (and try to answer) some of the big questions! How can we make order from chaos? What makes a problem hard? And just how can we make chemistry more like biology?

Order from chaos – making crystals from molecular soup

Dr Hamish H-M Yeung (Lecturer)
Crystals are all around us, from materials and rocks to medicines and technology. They are made up of atoms and molecules arranged in regular structures, that have specific properties and behaviour. But how do they form in the first place? This talk will take you on an atomic journey from the dynamic chaos of molecular soup to the beauty, order and function of crystalline materials.
Dr Hamish H-M Yeung is a Lecturer in Materials Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. He is a father and researcher in equal measure, constantly battling to create order from chaos both at home and in the lab.

What makes a problem hard?

Anupam Das (Associate Professor)
We all know that some problems are harder than others. But what makes a problem hard? How can we know, formally, that one problem is harder than another? Such questions, in computer science, are the subject of Complexity Theory, a relatively new area developed over the last 60 years. It turns out that this is not just a philosophical curiosity: many of our day-to-day activities online, like communicating sensitive data (passwords, bank details...) rely on concepts from Complexity Theory.

Biobased - the building blocks to the circular economy

Megan Elliott (PhD Researcher)
Susanna Harvey (PhD Researcher)
Over 99% of plastics come from fossil fuels, but these take millions of years to form, their use can release carbon into the atmosphere, and they can cause severe environmental harm, so globally we are trying to reduce their use. This is where bio-based materials come in. Bio-based materials come from plants, and offer the opportunity to help make our materials more sustainable. If recyclability is designed into the plastics we make from bio-based materials, they can help in our transition to the circular economy. We are PhD students at UoB researching these topics.
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