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Inaugural lecture: 'Plastics, lasers and landmines'

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Professor Graham Turnbull of the School of Physics & Astronomy will deliver his inaugural lecture. He will introduce organic semiconductors - unusual plastic materials that can emit light and conduct electricity - which can be used to make miniature plastic lasers, powered by LEDs; and how the photophysics of the materials may be exploited to make sensors that can detect trace vapours of explosives. Through small changes in molecular design, the performance of these sensors can be engineered to control the detection speed and sensitivity, and to give a selective response against, distractants. Such sensors may find applications in humanitarian demining, for the detection of buried landmines and to identify potential minefields. Professor Turnbull will also discuss how they may be deployed alongside existing conventional (and unconventional) detection tools.
Presenter
Professor Graham Turnbull
Type
Inaugural lecture
Open to
All staff and students, Public
Date
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Time
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Where
Theatre A, Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh
Contact
Stella Simpson
Email
sjs25@st-andrews.ac.uk
Website
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/teaching/teacherstalk/inaugurallectures/
More info

Each year the University hosts a series of inaugural lectures given by recently appointed professors, providing an opportunity to showcase the academic achievements of staff and for the professor to extend the reach of their research to the wider community.

Principal Professor Sally Mapstone will take the chair; the lecture is open to the public and all are welcome. 

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