Reflections on an Asymmetric Career Path

This talk will provide short vignettes across my career, which began in academic heterogeneous catalysis research, moved though pharmaceutical process R&D, and back into academia, exploring homogeneous catalysis in the origin of biological homochirality. Research across chemistry and chemical engineering positions in three different countries led me from autocatalysis (automotive)…

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Diversity in Catalysis

 Catalysis is one of the most complex and diverse phenomenon in synthetic science. It can be classified in various ways, although mostly often this is done based on the physical nature of the catalyst. In this talk, Dr Bao Nguyen will discuss his own personal journey in catalytic research, going through chemical processes…

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Catalysis in a 2D world

The chemical composition and structure of the catalyst surface is critical in determining the reactivity and selectivity of a catalyst. The techniques of surface analysis are able to provide the surface information. Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA) and related techniques are the most commonly used methods to characterise the…

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Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Academia

Diversity and inclusion, with respect to gender, nationality, culture, sexuality, etc… is unfortunately still missing in most places, and universities are definitely not a front runner. Research has shown that increased diversity in the working place, adding diversity in methods, approaches, etc… leads to increased performance and output overall. Whereas…

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