Archive by date | August 2012

Reactions: Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson is in the Heavy Elements and Separation Sciences Group at Argonne National Laboratory, and works on the fundamental inorganic chemistry of the actinide elements. His work focuses on correlating periodic chemical trends found in the actinide elements with their molecular structure and chemical properties to better understand the nature of bonding in these elements.  Read more

The Molecular Olympics

The Molecular Olympics

The creation of well-known macroscopic objects in molecular form is something that usually leads me to mutter under my breath and roll my eyes. Every now and then, a paper or a press release will herald the synthesis of a molecular ‘X’, where X = pretzel, wheelbarrow, car, tie fighter (yes, really), and so on — I’m not going to link to these, your favourite search engine will do you proud if you really want to know more about these things. In some cases, if you tilt your head to one side and perhaps squint a bit, you can maybe understand the analogy; and admittedly, sometimes the analogy is one of function rather than form. Because of a certain major sporting event that is happening in London at the moment, however, I’m going to make an exception — and be slightly less grumpy about such things.  Read more

Transatlantic Tales: School days

Moving to a new lab always carries those compulsory first few weeks of introductions, where you get a little glimpse into the lives of the new people around you, and get to share a bit of your own too. In many ways, it’s the most interesting bit of the non-chemistry part of the process. Starting from the start, talk sometimes gets round to your (pre-university) school days.  Read more

Reactions: Xiaogang Liu

Xiaogang Liu is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at National University of Singapore. He also holds a joint appointment as senior research scientist with the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research. His research interests include nanomaterials synthesis, lanthanide luminescence and surface science for catalysis, sensing, and biomedical applications.  Read more