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

 

Mesoscopic

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 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

Events coming up

  • The interaction of fire and mankind 14 September 2015 at The Royal Society, London Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andrew Scott, Professor William Chaloner FRS, Professor Claire Belcher and Dr Chris Roos
  • The interaction of fire and mankind - further discussion 16 September 2015 at The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Buckinghamshire Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Andrew Scott, Professor William Chaloner FRS, Dr Claire Belcher and Professor Chris Roos
  • Open House Weekend 2015 19 September 2015 at The Royal Society, London The Royal Society's building will be open to the public on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015.

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