Hi there internet,
I've been running around this week like a headless chicken trying to absorb as much of the science as possible at this year's CSC, albeit unfortunately missing some probably amazing talks. My body can only take so much, you know. I'm actually supposed to run off to a mixer right now, with the enticement of free drinks and food. Hmmm. maybe that's part of why I have been able to go to as many talks as I wanted?
Apart from the colossal disappointment that has been the conference food, I have seen a really great time, and actually enjoyed some amazing talks. So, brief recap:
-Daniel Nocera from MIT gave a BADASS talk on global energy needs and solar conversion. That man has guts, probably because he has the science to back it up. The climax of his talk was results that he didn't even present- he just told everyone to watch Science. Nonetheless, he still had some wicked stats on energy; well worth the read:
- “Powering the Planet: Chemical Challenges in Solar Energy Utilization”; Nathan S. Lewis and Daniel G. Nocera, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2006, 103, 15729-15735.
- Gregory D. Scholes, "Controlling the Optical Properties of Nanoscale Systems” Adv. Funct. Mater. 18, 115–1172 (2008).
- Gregory D. Scholes, “Insights into Excitons Confined to Nanoscale Systems: Electron–hole Interaction, Binding Energy and Photodissociation” ACS Nano 2, 523–537 (2008).
- Gregory D. Scholes & Garry Rumbles, “Excitons in Nanoscale Systems” Nature Materials 5, 683–696 (2006).
- The King's Center for Visualization in Science: free visualization applets and course material for teachers (disclosure: these are my peeps)!
- Scivee.tv: very web 2.0 way to publish, if you're into that sort of thing. who knows, maybe it'll be the next Nature!
From your chemistry pal,
. I kid you not, I typed that phrase into the google with no knowledge of the random weirdness that resulted.
. Not including the free food at this mixer, but the general lack of food at coffee breaks and poster sessions has made me grumpy. I won't name any names (I guess apart from linking to the conference page, whoops), but if you are ever going to a major conference here in Edmonton, make sure to pack a lunch.