Drugs, pollution and (avoiding) explosions: combining chemistry and technology to solve problems

  • 10 April 2024
  • 5pm
  • EHB110b, Edward Herbert Building

The art of synthetic organic chemistry – how we make a whole host of useful chemicals – is almost 300 years old. As a science, it has constantly evolved, but its progress has accelerated rapidly during the past 25 years.

About the lecture

In his lecture, Professor Christie will illustrate some of these changes and how he has used them in his own research. He will show how the preparation of small molecules can now be achieved rapidly by machines, as well as how chemistry can influence biological systems.

Chemistry is also addressing numerous modern environmental concerns. Steve will show how his industry collaborations are helping to solve the challenge of plastic pollution, and how his partnership with engineers – to develop 3D printed concrete that absorbs carbon dioxide – is advancing net zero goals.

About the lecturer

Professor Steve Christie completed his BSc and PhD at the University of Strathclyde. He spent a year at Boston College in the US as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, before returning to the UK to work with Professor Richard Whitby at the University of Southampton. He joined Loughborough in 1997.

He specialises in synthetic chemistry, using contemporary technologies to accelerate chemical discovery. His Research Group interface various chemistry preparations and analysis to achieve automated systems for chemical synthesis and innovation.

He regularly collaborates with designers and engineers, bringing together a range of skills and ideas – creating a unique platform with which to solve critical problems across chemical discovery, net zero technologies, plastic pollution and medical interventions.

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