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Check out the previous years' talks:
Ask A Laureate 2017
Ask A Laureate 2016
Ask A Laureate 2015
Ask A Laureate 2014
Ask A Laureate 2013
Ask A Laureate 2012
Ask A Laureate 2011
Ask A Laureate 2010

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Earth Sciences Auditorium
5 Bancroft Avenue
SW corner of Huron & Willcocks Sts

The Chemistry Department, University of Toronto presents: The 9th Annual "Ask a Laureate" event on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto.

>> Essay Contest


Ulrich Fekl
Ulrich Fekl, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Mississauga

The research of the Fekl group focuses on fundamentally important and useful reactions that are mediated by metals. Examples are removal of sulfur from petroleum and purification of ethylene, which are important industrially, as well as reduction of nitrate, the way it happens in our body.

Ruby Sullan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Prof. Sullan's research aims to find out why bacteria stick to surfaces and why nasty things can happen when bacteria organized into elaborate structures as in biofilms

Ruby Sullan

Gilbert Walker
Gilbert Walker, PhD

Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto

Prof. Walker's research group studies how living systems and light interact with synthetic materials, and invents new kinds of microscopes. His team's work could improve fish farming practise, shorten diagnosis time and improve prognosis for cancers.

Mark Wilson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto

Prof. Wilson uses laser spectroscopy to study the movement of energy and charge in nanostructured opto-electronic materials. His team's research could enhance the efficiency of today's solar cells, enable new dyes for inexpensive deep-tissue biomedical imaging, and reduce the cost of infrared cameras so autonomous cars can see through fog

Mark Wilson


9:30 Opening Remarks -- Professor Robert Batey
9:45 Dr. Ulrich Fekl
Some of the most interesting molecules contain metals - what can we learn from them?
10:10 Q & A
10:20 Dr. Mark Wilson
Hybrid organic/nanocrystal films for excitonic, infrared->visible photon up-conversion or How to use molecules and heavy-metal milk to help a camera see through fog
10:45 Q & A
10:55 Break
11:10 Magic Moments
11:20 Dr. Ruby Sullan
Bacterial Attraction: dissecting the forces that keep biofilms together
11:45 Q & A
11:55 Dr. Gilbert Walker
Eco-friendly Salmon Farming
12:20 Q & A
12:30 Essay Competition Winners Recognized
12:45 Closing Remarks

This event is made possible with the generous support of the Department of Chemistry.

The construction of Scientific Knowledge is a game played with many hands
The construction of Scientific Knowledge
is a game played with many hands.