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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 hosted by Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti


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.

The Haworth Lecture:

The Haworth Lecture is an annual lecture given in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham by a distinguished scientist working in an important and topical area of chemistry research. The lecture is named after Sir Norman Haworth who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1937 for his work on carbohydrates and Vitamin C, which was carried out here in Birmingham. The lecture series was reintroduced recently, with previous lecturers being Eric V. Anslyn (Texas) in 2015 and David A. Leigh (Manchester) in 2016. This year the School of Chemistry is delighted to welcome the world-renowned experimentalist in colloid science, Vinothan N. Manoharan (Harvard), to give the 2017 Haworth Lecture.

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

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