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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

Putting the ‘F’ in Chemistry: Molecular Exploration Through the Footnotes of the Periodic Table and our Nuclear Waste Legacy

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Lord Kelvin Prize Lecture

The subtleties of structure and bonding in compounds of uranium, the heaviest naturally occurring element, and its neighbours in the f-block are still poorly-understood. A fundamental understanding is needed to develop environmentally cleaner ways to extract technology-critical rare earth metals, and for the safe, long-term handling of our nuclear waste legacies.

Drawing on our research to make exotic new molecules from these metals, this lecture will explore what chemistry can teach us about these complicated but important metals.

The speaker, Professor Polly L Arnold FRSE FRSC, holds degrees from Oxford and Sussex, and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at MIT prior to returning to a lectureship in the UK in 1999. Her research is focused on exploratory synthetic chemistry of the heavy elements at the bottom of the periodic table, the f-block. Click here for further information on Polly’s research projects.

Supported by the Royal Society’s 2012 Rosalind Franklin Prize, Polly also made ‘A Chemical Imbalance‘, a call to action for simple changes to achieve equality of opportunity for women and minorities in science.


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Professor Polly L Arnold FRSE FRSC, Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh