Chemistry Webinar Series

Following on from the successes of the TIGER in STEMM Physics Webinars in 2020, we are delighted to announce the launch of the TIGER in STEMM Chemistry Webinar Series! Running from May - July 2021 on Zoom, each webinar will feature a talk from an established or early career researcher about their research or work on equity in chemistry, alongside two undergraduate / Master's students presenting their research in short, seven-minute talks. A further chemist will chair the session, hosting a live Q&A with the speakers.

The code of conduct for the webinars can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Talks

All of the talks are free to attend and will be held as webinars on Zoom, from 16:00 - 17:30. You can register for free tickets via Eventbrite.

  • Weds 19th May - Dr Zoe Ayres - More than a chemist: Defining my worth

  • Weds 2nd June - Dr Jenny Zhang - Integrating worlds: natural and artificial photosynthesis

  • Weds 16th June - Jaime Pitts - Transitioning, Crosslinking & Kinases: a PhD Student’s Perspective -Register now

  • Weds 30th June - Lara Lalemi - Decolonising my mind and my environment - Register now

  • Weds 14th July - Dr Jerelle A. Joseph - How cells form compartments without walls - Register now


16th June 2021, 16:00 GMT

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Keynote speaker: Jaime Pitts - Transitioning, Crosslinking & Kinases: a PhD Student's Perspective

In the field of chemical biology, understanding the structural basis for protein-protein interactions is critical for the development of therapeutics. This task is made more complex when the interactions and proteins themselves are dynamic. This talk will demonstrate the utility of crosslinking mass spectrometry in studying the dynamic interactions of cancer proteins, alongside traditional crystallographic and biochemical methods. In addition, it will discuss what it means to be interdisciplinary, as well as sharing a perspective on what it means to transition while completing a PhD, and the issues associated with being transgender in STEMM.

Undergraduate speakers:

  • Tihana Stefanic (she/her)
    Forever Chemicals: the magnitude, dangers, and future of PFAS compounds

  • Livia Maskos (she/her)
    Quantum effects in biology

Chair: Prof Bhavik Patel (he/him)

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2nd June 2021, 16:00 GMT

A green poster with an image of a tiger plus details of the keynote talk. Dr Jenny Zhang. Integrating worlds: natural and artificial photosynthesis	Nature has mastered the art of sustainable and large scale solar-to-chemical conversion and storage approximately 3.5 billion years ago with the emergence of oxygenic photosynthesis. Currently, scientists are striving to mimic and out-compete this process using purely synthetic regimes in a field known as artificial photosynthesis, which has the aim of delivering fossil-free renewable energy solutions. However, sustainable and large-scale artificial photosynthetic systems have not yet been demonstrated. Here, I propose how we can integrate the strengths from both natural and artificial photosynthesis to result in a new renewable biohybrid approach for solar energy conversion.


Keynote speaker: Dr Jenny Zhang - Integrating worlds: natural and artificial photosynthesis

Nature has mastered the art of sustainable and large scale solar-to-chemical conversion and storage approximately 3.5 billion years ago with the emergence of oxygenic photosynthesis. Currently, scientists are striving to mimic and out-compete this process using purely synthetic regimes in a field known as artificial photosynthesis, which has the aim of delivering fossil-free renewable energy solutions. However, sustainable and large-scale artificial photosynthetic systems have not yet been demonstrated. Here, I propose how we can integrate the strengths from both natural and artificial photosynthesis to result in a new renewable biohybrid approach for solar energy conversion.

Undergraduate speakers:

  • Mohamed Katish (he/ him)
    Minority Making Major Contribution in Renewable Energy

  • Clare Xie Yijia (she/her)
    My unexpected encounter with computational chemistry

Chair: Prof Karen Faulds

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19th May 2021, 16:00 GMT


Keynote speaker: Dr Zoe Ayres - More than a chemist: Defining my worth

This talk will cover Zoë's chemistry career so far, going from a forensic science undergraduate to a Senior Scientist for an international water company. The talk will focus not on academic success, but the factors that influenced the route Zoë has taken, and the story behind what motivates her diversity and inclusion work.

Undergraduate speakers:

  • Caitlin Sargeant (she/her)
    Exploring Solid-Liquid Interactions in Heterogeneous Catalysts with NMR Relaxation Measurements

  • Shivani Joshi (she/her)
    Assessing the Effect of Formula Variations on the Performance of Thin-Film Sol Gel Coatings

Chair: Prof Andrew Goodwin

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