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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS/DEI Public Lecture: Can the Same Molecule Cure Cancer and Solve the Energy Crisis?

17th May 2011, 18:15 to 19:15, The Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Professor Randy Thummel, University of Houston

Probably no...but the prospect is intriguing. In this lecture, Professor Randy Thummel will give a general overview of how metal containing molecules, such as ruthenium polypyridine complexes, are currently being explored as a way to utilize the energy of sunlight, and also the potential of these complexes to improve drug treatments used to fight cancer. 

Randolph Thummel is the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston.  He was raised in Montclair, New Jersey and earned his B.S. degree from Brown University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1971.  After a two year postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University, he joined the UH faculty in 1973, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1978 and Full Professor in 1987.  In 1990-91 he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the Université de Strasbourg working with Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn and in 2005 he won the UH Award for Excellence in Research.  He is the author of more than 170 refereed research papers. His research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Robert A. Welch Foundation.  The main focus of his work centers on the design and synthesis of novel ligand systems and their corresponding metal complexes.  These complexes may serve as photosensitizers with application in the utilization of solar energy and photodynamic therapy.

This public lecture is hosted jointly by the Institute of Advanced Study and the Durham Energy Institute.  It is free to attend and open to all (staff, students, and members of the general public) but registration is essential. To register, please do so via the booking form.