While my other blog posts have been far afield from chemistry, I did actually learn some things about science at the EuCheMS chemistry congress! As a reference for myself and any interested parties, I have listed a few exceptional talks I went to, along with links to representative papers. I also learned of a number of books that I want to investigate. If you have read any of them, let me know what you think!
Gerhard Ertl - Nobel Laureate who uses scanning tunneling microscopy to see individual atoms moving on surfaces! See a transcript from a lecture of his here.
Han Zuilhof - a researcher from the Netherlands at Wageningen University who uses photochemistry to bind organic monolayers to various substrates. Very beautiful work. I need to read this paper of his.
Andreas Stein – a professor from my own institution, the University of Minnesota. He gave an amazing lecture summarizing his work in hierarchical porous structures. See here for a review.
Peter Heseman – a researcher from the Institut Charles Gerhardt, Montpellier, France. His gave a very clear and interesting talk about incorporating organic groups into silica precursors for functionalized silicas. One of his papers can be found here.
Helmut Schwartz – a distinguished chemist from Technische Universitat Berlin who gave what I think was the best talk of the congress. He spoke on his research in methane chemistry using hand-written slides that probably came from a transparency. I loved his lecture style and really got interested in the chemistry, even though I am not an organic chemist. Here is an author profile on him from Angew. Chem.
“The Responsibilities of Scientists, a European View” by Richard Ernst (paper)
Selections from the “Living Ethics” books by Nicholas and Helena Roerich. See here for a full list of titles.
“Scientists Behaving Badly” by Martinson et al. (paper)