International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Dr Richard Robins Ideas Activities
  • Director if Research, CNRS-University of Nantes UMR6320
    Nantes, France
  • Email
    Tel +33251125701
  • Sector:

    Research Laboratories
  • Organizations:

    CNRS-University of Nantes UMR6320
    Hon member French Stable Isotope Society
    ex-President, Phytochemical Society of Europe
  • IYC Interests:

    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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I am group leader of a research unit that develops the use of isotope measurements to fight against fraudulent practices (mislabelling, patent breaches etc) in the food and pharmaceutical sectors. We develop new spectroscopic methods and their applications. We also research fundamental aspects of isotope fractionation and enzyme reaction mechanism, the basic science of the differences in isotope patterns that we exploit in the applications.

In 2011, I and my team are organising an international scientific meeting in the South of France on "The Chemistry and Biology of Isotope Effects" (ISOTOPES2011). This meeting will be the seventh in a bi-annual series of European meetings, at which about 120 members of the isotope community meet to discuss advances and plan joint research projects. An important aspect of the meeting is that it is attended regularly by a large number of our colleagues from North America (typically abut 50% of the registrants), ensuring good exchange of ideas. Another important aspect is that we strongly encourage young scientists to join us so that they can benefit from the large number of world-renowned senior scientist who attend. We shall seek support for this meeting and should like it to be recognised as an integral function of the IYC2011.