Marco Ciufolini (b. Rome; B.S., Spring Hill College; Ph.D., Michigan; Postdoc 1982-84, Yale) has held academic positions at Rice University (1984-98), the University of Lyon (1998-2004), and UBC (2004-present), where he is the Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. The Istituto teams up once again with ARPICO, the Society on of Italian Researchers and Professionals of Western Canada, to present a fascinating talk celebrating the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Italian scientist Giulio Natta. Organic chemistry, the branch of chemical science that focuses on carbon-based materials, permits the conversion of basic resources, such as petroleum and coal, into valuable end-products that are the hallmark of technologically advanced societies. Organic chemistry enabled Giulio Natta to usher in the era of advanced plastics. Today, researchers rely on organic chemistry to create the medicines of the future. This talk by UBC's Prof. Marco Ciufolini will briefly highlight the work of Giulio Natta, before illustrating how advances in organic chemistry are spawning the therapies of the 21st Century.
March 27, 2013 at 6:30pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura