"A Brief History of Carbon", Robert Curl

When May 07, 2013
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-5973
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Nobel Prize-winning chemist Robert Curl, a Rice University professor emeritus noted for discovery of new carbon forms, will speak May 6-7 at the University of Louisville.

Curl will give a free, public, general-interest talk, "A Brief History of Carbon," at 1:30 p.m. May 7 in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium on the Belknap Campus.

UofL's Chemistry Graduate Student Association sponsors the annual distinguished lecturer series with Sud-Chemie.

Curl shared the 1996 Nobel with scientists Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto for the discovery of fullerenes, which are ball-like 60-atom carbon structures that led to physical-chemistry advancements in nanoscale science and nanotechnology.  

The scientist is a Baker Institute Rice scholar and the university’s Pitzer-Schlumberger natural sciences professor emeritus and chemistry professor emeritus. He earned his bachelor’s degree there and his doctorate at University of California-Berkeley and was a Harvard University research fellow before joining the Rice faculty in 1958. Curl is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences.

Curl’s more scientifically oriented talk about chemistry, “Quantum Cascade Laser Atmospheric Modeling,” will begin at 1:30 p.m. May 6, also in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.

For more information, contact Bryan Wessel at 502-852-5973 or b0wess01@louisville.edu.