Prof Tony Cheetham FRS delivers address in Cape Town & Pretoria

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Professor Anthony K. Cheetham FRS (Rutherford Lecturer 2014) of the Department of Materials Science at Cambridge University will deliver a talk entitled ‘New Materials for the 21st Century’ on 22nd September in Pretoria and 1st October in Cape Town. These talks are co-hosted with the Academy of Science of SA (ASSAf)

In the introductory part of the talk we shall examine some of the major challenges that confront us at the beginning of the 21st century. These include increasing population and the concomitant energy demands, global warming, sustainable food and water supplies, security, and affordable healthcare. Addressing many, if not all, of these challenges will require the development of new materials. We shall then discuss a number of key areas where materials science is expected to play an important role, such as solar energy, rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, and LED lighting. We shall also look at the use of new materials in medicine, for example lasers for surgery and polymers for tissue engineering.

Tony Cheetham obtained his D.Phil. at Oxford in 1971 and did post-doctoral work in the Materials Physics Division at Harwell. He joined the chemistry faculty at Oxford in 1974, and then moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991 to become Professor in the Materials Department. In 1992 he took up the Directorship of the new Materials Research Laboratory, which he led for 12 years. He became the Director of the new-created International Center for Materials Research at UCSB in 2004, before moving to Cambridge in 2007 to become the Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science.  Cheetham is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the German Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, TWAS, and several other academies. He has received numerous international awards for his work in the field of inorganic and materials chemistry; these include a Chaire Blaise Pascal, Paris, (1997-9), the Somiya Award of the IUMRS (with C.N.R. Rao, 2004), the Leverhulme Medal of the Royal Society (2008), the Platinum Medal of the IOM3 (2011), and a Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists (2014). Cheetham holds several honorary doctorates and is currently the Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society.

PRETORIA 22nd September
Date:  Monday 22nd September 2014 at 16h30 for 17h00
Place: University of Pretoria, Engineering 1 Building, Ground Floor
RSVP and enquiries: Renate Venier Renate@assaf.org.za

CAPE TOWN 1st October
Date:     Wednesday 1st October2014
Time:    17h00 (Tea will be served from 16h30)
Place:    South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*
*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).   NO BOOKINGS / ALL WELCOME

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