7.50pm to 9.15pm, Friday 27 June
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Chemical reactions are the backbone of technologies at the heart of modern society, but what is happening at the atomic level? Professor Pratibha Gai will explain how she has developed an atomic resolution-environmental transmission electron microscope (atomic resolution-ETEM) so that, for the first time, the human eye can see and analyse how atoms move and change positions in crystal structures during chemical reactions. She’ll explore the far-reaching applications of being able to watch atoms in action in important chemical reactions involved in anything from medicine production to the creation of new energy sources.
Pratibha L Gai is the Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy in the departments of physics and chemistry at the University of York. She is also co-director of the York JEOL Nanocentre in the university.
She created the first microscope which was able to perceive chemical reactions at the atomic scale, advancing the technology in other microscopes. The team's work probes dynamic catalysis at the atomic level, in real-time, under controlled conditions of temperature and environment.
Pratibha is originally from India, and got her PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory at University of Cambridge. Her work has now been recognised through a number of awards, including a L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science award as the 2013 Laureate for Europe and the Institute of Physics 2010 Gabor Medal.
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