Professor Rachel O'Reilly's Inaugural Lecture

Wednesday 27 February 2019, 17:30 - 18:30
Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Aston Webb (R7 on campus map - PDF)

Redesigning the world of plastics

Professor Rachel O'Reilly will discuss how her research is focussed on developing efficient and sustainable routes towards the synthesis of new and functional polymers; which can be utilized to prepare novel materials with applications in healthcare, catalysis and energy.

Rachel holds a Chair in Chemistry within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. From 1 August 2018 she became the Head of the School of Chemistry

She has published over 175 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of polymer synthesis, self-assembly, catalysis and DNA nanotechnology. She has given over 170 invited lectures and was recognised as one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 175 faces of Chemistry. She has received major grants and research support from the ERC, BP and EPSRC. She leads a large interdisciplinary team working at the interface of chemistry, materials and biology. Since 2006 she has graduated close to 25 PhD students and mentored over 20 postdoctoral researchers.

Rachel leads the Rachel O'Reilly Group. Her group’s work has received numerous national and international awards for her polymer and material efforts, including, uniquely, four from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and, young researcher medals from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the world authority on chemical nomenclature and terminology.

Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served at the drinks reception following the event. Alcoholic drinks will be only be served to those who are aged 18 or over.

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