IMSE eventThe IMSE Highlight Seminar Series is one of our flagship, community-building activities.

For this Series, we bring eminent speakers from around the world to Imperial – to increase awareness of areas where molecular science and engineering can make a valuable contribution. The visits also boost our level of interaction with other academic anbd industrial centres of excellence.

Our first Highlight Seminar speaker was Professor Emily Carter (Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University). She visited IMSE in September 2015, to deliver a talk titled 'Overcoming grand challenges in energy'.

Since then we have hosted a number of high-profile guests including Professor Paula Hammond (MIT), Professor Clare Grey (University of Cambridge), Professor Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow), Professor Matt Tirrell (University of Chicago) and Professor Frances Arnold (Caltech).

Highlight Seminar Series

2017–18 Highlight Seminars

12 October 2017: Professor Adah Almutairi (University of California, San Diego) Rare earth metals in medicine

16 November 2017: Professor Clare Grey (University of Cambridge) Developing and applying new tools to understand how materials for Li and “beyond-Li” battery function

11 January 2018: Professor Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow) Artificial-intelligence-driven synthesis and the digitisation of chemistry

22 February 2018: Professor Jas Pal Badyal (Durham University) Function nanocoatings for technological and societal applications

8 March 2018: Professor Matt Tirrell (Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago) Polyelectrolytes in multivalent ionic media: new physics and new materials

21 May 2018: Professor Frances Arnold (Caltech) Innovation by evolution: bringing new chemistry to life

7 June 2018: Professor Philip Withers (University of Manchester) Completing the picture: correlative multimodal information across length and timescales

21 June 2018: Professor Sophia Haussener (EPFL) Modelling, experimentation and scaling of solar fuel processing devices

2016–17 Highlight Seminars

20 October 2016: Professor Bill David (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) Energy storage and the chemical bond

3 November 2016: Professor Ellis Gartner (Lafarge Central ResearchMineral binders: chemical and physical challenges in cement and concrete science

26 January 2017: Professor Andy Cooper (University of Liverpool) Energy–structure–function maps: designing functional materials 'from scratch'

9 February 2017: Professor Tom McLeish (Durham University) Global low-frequency protein motions in long-range allosteric signalling

23 February 2017: Professor Michael Ward (New York University) Stopping crystal growth in its tracks: pathways to thermapies for pathological crystallisation

23 March 2017: Professor Julian Eastoe (University of Bristol) Surfactants at the design limit

27 April 2017: Professor Paula Hammond (MIT) Nanolayered drug-release systems for regenerative medicine and targeted nanotherapies (This event was kindly sponsored by BASF SE)