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The 2017 Haworth Lecture: Harnessing entropy to build materials

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  • UserProf. Vinothan N. Manoharan, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Department of Physics, Harvard University
  • ClockTuesday 18 July 2017, 14:00-15:00
  • HouseHaworth 203.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti.

The 2017 Haworth Lecture

I will discuss what we have learned about entropy from experiments on colloidal particles. We find that entropy has a complex relationship with order and symmetry, but one that can be understood within a simple framework — so long as we allow that entropy is a measure of the number of states that we as observers choose not to distinguish, rather than of those that are fundamentally indistinguishable. I will show how a better understanding of entropy allows us to design new materials and nanomachines.

This talk is part of the School of Chemistry Seminars series.

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