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The mesoscopic world - from plastic bags to brain disease - structural similarities in physics

Event

March
272006

18:30 - 19:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

 

Bakerian Prize Lecture
 
By Professor Athene Donald FRS, University of Cambridge

 

  

Mesoscopic physics deals with intermediate lengthscales: that is to say, distances larger than atomic dimensions, but significantly less than the macroscopic, everyday world. So one is dealing with assemblies of molecules, and the structures such assemblies adopt. In this talk Athene Donald will explore structural similarities between different assemblies of polymer molecules of both synthetic and biological origin. Structures looking broadly the same in the optical microscope are found in starch granules within plants, in polythene bags and in sections of diseased brain tissue. What is it about the packing that leads to these similarities? And what conclusions can we draw?
 
This lecture is FREE.  No advance booking or registration required.

The mesoscopic world - from plastic bags to brain disease - structural similarities in physics The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK