FRIDAY 31st October, 1-2pm, SILC Building
This month we have 2 excellent speakers:
Dr Soniya Yambem, University of Queensland
Abstract coming soon
Dr Irene Ling, University of Malaya
Dr Irene Ling graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Science (Appl. Chem.) and a Master of Technology (Material Science) in 2004 and 2006. She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 2010 and currently working as postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Malaya. She has undertaken part of her PhD research at The University of Western Australia, in the Centre of Strategic Nano-Fabrication, in a PhD exchange program with Professor Colin Raston, working on the self-assembly and characterisation of calixarenes and ionic liquids. Her research interests include supramolecular chemistry, crystallography and advanced materials and has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles concerning multicomponent self-assembly strategies related to calixarenes.
Calixarenes as attractive components in self-assembled nanomaterials
Self-assembly processes involve molecular recognition events between supramolecular tectons with some complementarity of inherently weak interactions. Such processes provide access to complex and diverse architectures with a level of prediction of the structures depending on the design of the tectons. Calixarenes functionalized at the upper rim with sulfonate or phosphonate groups are amphiphilic cavitands, which have been extensively investigated as tectons in crystal engineering, and supramolecular chemistry in general. These cavitands have been of interest because of their water solubility, with potential in mimicking biological processes, and in gaining access to new materials using water as a benign reaction medium.Here the construction and structural diversity of complexes involving host-guest interactions between calixarenes and different guest molecules will be presented. This includes self-assembled molecular capsules. An approach of using water-soluble calixarenes as a potential self assembled strategy for stabilizing composite nanomaterials in water by simple mechanical grinding and intense shear processes will be discussed.
MONTHLY CNST MEETINGS ARE HELD IN THE SILC BUILDING ON THE LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 1pm to 2pm
All are welcome to attend!