Talk on Polymers & Plastics

May 02, 2013 No Comments by

Macromolecules, Polymers, Plastics – Not just your disposable shopping bag! a talk by Professor Bert Klumperman FRSSAf, South African Research Chair (SARChI) on Advanced Macromolecular Architectures in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University on Wednesday 15th May at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium,*

klumperman‘An enormous fraction of what you see around you can be identified as a macromolecule or polymer. Most people will think of plastic shopping bags and children’s toys. In this lecture, a number of different applications of polymers will be highlighted that are less well known. What is the role of polymers in the treatment of certain diseases? What is the added value of polymers in water purification, or in the construction of the next generation flash memory? It all comes down to “playing with molecules” – design and construct them to a certain shape, size and functionality.’

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : Coming from the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue to 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 last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).


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