Mon 29 June
8.03am And here we go with the scientific part of the meeting after the opening ceremony yesterday – first up is Ertl http://bit.ly/txc5R
8.23am Ertl compares the reaction between carbon monoxide and oxygen to the ‘reaction’ between hares and lynxes and the fur trade – clever!
8.34am Ertl talks about spiral patterns in reactions & complexity – such as in the BZ reaction; see here for more info http://bit.ly/1nDFsB
8.35am And now it’s Richard Ernst (http://bit.ly/RFJ34) who will talk about passions and activities beyond science
9.03am Ernst says that ‘NMR is useless’ for pigment analysis – use Raman spectroscopy instead; he does this at home!
9.13am Third lecture of the morning is from Ryoji Noyori (http://bit.ly/it8MF) talking about chemistry as the key to our future
9.16am Noyori: “close involvement with society is the destiny of science”
10.19am Second session of the morning begins with Sherwood Rowland (http://bit.ly/qA6Zf) talking about green house gases & climate change
10.31am What does it take for a molecule to be a greenhouse gas? – well, one requirement is a minimum of 3 atoms (for IR absorption)
10.48am Now on stage is Paul Crutzen (http://bit.ly/qA6Zf), who says that Rowland is a hard act to follow, but that he has better slides!
11.48am Final speaker of the open scientific sessions today is Hartmut Michel (http://bit.ly/2lwtV5) – talking about cytochrome c oxidase
11.56am So, open talks on day 1 are over. The afternoon will see closed-session discussions between the young researchers & Laureates
If you want to ask Stuart questions as he tweets, get on Twitter and direct your queries @NatureChemistry!