Speaker: Emilia Morosan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Rice Science Café - "Cooking with Metals" Tuesday, November 5, 2013
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Black Labrador Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, Texas, USA
Nature offers a finite and yet generous pantry of ingredients, many of which are metals. In designing synthetic recipes for metallic compounds, we often mix chemicals to see what forms. This often leads to serendipitous discoveries, many of which make their ways into applications —the smartphones and digital cameras, the MRI or NMR instruments, maglev trains, etc. Fundamental research and technological advances thrive on both the successes and the "failures" of cooking with metals.