The Oxford Retreat

1-2 Hythe Bridge St., Oxford, OX1 2EW, United Kingdom

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Doors open at 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm

Learn about the giant gas and ice planets in our solar system, and how the tiniest of robots could one day operate as tweezers inside living cells


Exploring the Realm of the Giants

Dr Leigh Fletcher

The four giant planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, exhibit startling diversity in their environmental conditions and climate, despite the similarities in their origins. We’ll discuss some of the more recent insights into their dynamic and ever-changing atmospheres and look ahead to the future – in particular to ambitious plans to return to the ice giants in the coming decades.

Chemistry in motion: Towards the development of the tiniest robots

Dr Gokce Su Pulcu

Will it ever be possible to create a nanoworld, where armies of tiny molecules work to make their own nanomachines or construct their own nanobuildings? We don’t know yet, but we are working to develop molecules that can carry tiny loads to a target destination. We will talk about the power of chemistry to make things from bottom up as Richard Feynman says: “There is always room at the bottom.”

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