Modern Molecular Science and How It Is Changing Our Life


Lecture Overview

Dr Ljiljana Fruk, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology 18.00-19.00

Society Archive

Last year we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Periodic table of elements, and it is hard to believe that only that much time has passed between the systematic ordering of the chemical elements to the large scale production of polymers and nanocoatings, and design of implantable biosensors and drug nanocarriers.
Modern molecular science is merging our knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, physics and even artificial intelligence to come up with materials suitable for application in medicine and beyond. Particular advances have been made in the design of bio-nano hybrids that combine the biomolecules with man-made nanostructures with the help of chemical strategies that can overcome intrinsic differences between individual elements.

We will have a look at the biomedical applications of molecular designs, and the use of novel (nano)materials in biosensing, tissue engineering, chemical industry, but also architecture and wearable technology.
A warning to all of you who are not chemistry fans: there will be some molecular structures! But instead of looking at detailed synthetic routes, we will explore how these molecular structures are turned into materials and products that are changing our life.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry

How to get there

The Lecture Theatre is accessed from Lensfield Road, via a shared entrance road with the Scott Polar Research Institute (located on the left of the access way). The entrance to the Lecture Theatre is on right hand side towards the end of the shared entrance road. There is no direct access to the Lecture Theatre from the Department of Chemistry main entrance.


Please use the Queen Anne Car Park or the Grand Arcade Car Park. There is also on street parking (pay and display)

Free for all

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW

Telephone: 01223 336300