Why is a leaf green and blood red? They both contain molecules called porphyrins which are found throughout the natural world and are essential for life.
The theme of this lecture will be how chemists can learn from nature’s ingenious solutions to chemical problems and use this knowledge to design new molecules.
Penny Brothers completed BSc and MSc(Hons) degrees at the University of Auckland and a PhD in chemsitry at Stanford University (1985). After returning to Auckland for postdoctoral work she was appointed at the University of Auckland in 1988 and promoted to Professor in 2009. She has been a visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Universities of California at Davis, Heidelberg, Burgundy and Münster. She was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in 2007.
Date: Tuesday 31 May, 2011
Location: Lecture Theatre A211, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Building, cnr Alton and Hardy Streets, Nelson