Beyond the limits of the periodic table

Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 5:30pm - 8pm

Location: Masterton Town Hall, 22 Perry Street, Masterton

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Lectures, talks and seminars

Science Public Lecture Series

27th May 2015 5:30pm to 27th May 2015 8:00pm

Masterton Town Hall, 22 Perry Street, Masterton

The Science Faculty invites you to a free public lecture presented by Dr Nicola Gaston and Dr Robert Keyzers from the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

"Beyond the limits of the periodic table"

How can you melt a teaspoon in a cup of tea? Why is mercury a liquid at room temperature? How can we make new kinds of atoms and why might we want to? Dr Gaston will explore recent scientific discoveries made possible by nanotechnology and highly parallel computing—sciences that have changed our understanding of materials and their structure.

"Chemistry in a glass: The science of flavour in grapes and wine"

Wine is worth over $1 billion to the New Zealand economy every year, with Sauvignon blanc accounting for more than 70 percent of the industry. However, opportunities to increase exports in traditional markets are limited, and targeting different palates of new consumers is& crucial. Dr Keyzers will describe how the clever use of chemistry to help control all the sensory properties of wine can help to unlock new and lucrative markets.

If you would like to attend, please email rsvp@vuw.ac.nz with ‘Masterton Lecture’ in the subject line or phone (04) 463 5791 by Friday 22 May.

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