The Walter Westman Lecture on Science, Humanity and the Environment

International House would like to invite International House and University of Sydney Alumni and their guests, and all interested members of the general public to their annual Walter Westman Lecture on Science, Humanity and the Environment.

Speaker: Professor Thomas Maschmeyer

Thomas Maschmeyer

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer

Thomas Maschmeyer is Professor of Chemistry and The Initiating Director of the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience and Technology (AINST) at the University of Sydney. After obtaining a PhD at this University in 1994, he joined Prof. Sir John M. Thomas at the Royal Institution of Great Britain as Australian Bicentennial Fellow and became Assistant Director of the Davy Faraday Laboratories there in 1997, concurrently holding a Senior Research Associate position at The University of Cambridge and Peterhouse. In 1998 he was appointed to Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Organic and Catalytic Chemistry at the Delft Institute of Chemical Technology, becoming Vice-Chairman of that Institute in 2000. In late 2003 he returned to Sydney as Federation Fellow.

He was elected Foreign Member of the Academia Europea (2011) as well as Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW (2013, Australia’s oldest scientific society), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2011), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2011) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, RACI (2011). He has an H-Index of 44 and published more than 260+ refereed items (SciFinder), including 24 patents/patent applications and 22 book chapters. He is on the panel of nine international journals.

His recent awards and prizes include: New South Wales Science and Engineering Award for Renewable Energy Innovation (2013); RACI Weickhardt Medal (2012) – for Economic Contributions Through Chemistry; Liversidge Lecture and Prize (2012) Royal Society of NSW; RACI Applied Research Award (2011); Australian Academy of Science, Le Fèvre Memorial Prize (2007) – for outstanding basic research in chemistry by a scientist under 40.

Lecture: From Fundamental Science to Technological Innovation, by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer


Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST)
Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney

Our responses to the current global challenges of climate change, resource scarcity and overpopulation will have ramifications well beyond our life-times. Indeed, the world is standing at the threshold of energy and resources revolutions. At current rates of resource usage, a world population operating with Western standards of living would require between 4 - 6 planets. Clearly, this is untenable and, from a chemical viewpoint, the inherent challenges can only be met by devising strategies for waste reduction, by optimising power generation, storage and utilisation as well as by increasing the sustainable use of renewable resources.

Clearly, new paradigms must be found. Fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of processes at the nanoscale, e.g. in catalytic or energy storage materials, can provide some of the enabling scientific and technological underpinnings for such paradigm shifts.

A range of scientific breakthroughs will be discussed, in terms accessible to a general audience, as well as their current and potential local and global impacts. A particular focus will be the translation of the initial breakthrough to commercial technology.

When: Wednesday 23 September 2015
6.30pm - light refreshments
7.00pm to 8.00pm - lecture

Where: International House, Wool Room,
The University of Sydney,
96 City Road, Chippendale (next to the Seymour Centre)

Cost: Donations welcome

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