This course will be presented by several of the members of the faculty currently conducting research in the Department of Chemistry. Each hour-long session will describe, in general terms, an aspect of the faculty’s research and how this research interfaces and influences science and society. Topics include medicinal chemistry and chemical biology (e.g. the search for cures), the environment and climate change (e.g. analyses and preventing pollution), as well as new technological processes and materials (e.g. solar fuels and molecular electronics).
Rik Tykwinski will coordinate the course. He is a professor of Chemistry at the U of A. His research and teaching focuses on organic chemistry and particularly the design and synthesis of new organic materials. The Department of Chemistry is home to more than thirty faculty that are leaders in their respective areas of research and experts in public communication of their research goals and achievements toward linking research with societal challenges.