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Transforming organic chemistry to build a cleaner, more sustainable world

May 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Date: May 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Venue Name: Manuel’s Tavern
Address: 602 N. Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307 United States

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Organizer Name: Atlanta Science Tavern
  • Look for us in the Back Dining Room, immediately to the right as you enter Manuel’s from N. Highland Avenue.
  • – This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern.
    – It is free and open to the public.
    – Seating is on a first-come basis.
    – Reservations are not required to attend.
    – We gather for dinner by 7:00 pm.
    – The evening’s presentation gets under way around 7:45.

    Transforming organic chemistry to build a cleaner, more sustainable world

    Daniel Morton, Managing Director
    Center for Chemical Innovation
    Emory University

    Few things in modern society have not been touched by organic chemistry. Everything from the plastic container carrying your packed lunch, the food inside it, the colors and materials that make up your clothes, through to the screens you watch and work at, and the medicines, cosmetics and soaps you use every day are based on organic chemicals.

    While some of these are sourced directly from nature, the majority of them have undergone some kind of modification or transformation in a lab, or industrial plant, in order to access the desired properties of the molecule.

    The way these modifications and transforms are achieved is of huge societal and environmental importance when you consider the scale of demand for these commodities. This presentation will provide an overview of a national research organization that brings together experts from across the United States that together employ cutting-edge technologies toward the goal of transforming the way we put together organic molecules in a sustainable and efficient manner.

    About our speaker
    Daniel Morton gained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of East Anglia, UK. His work in the lab has taken him from exploring novel treatments for tropical diseases, synthesizing marine natural products, to developing new strategies for constructing organic molecules.

    As the Managing Director of a national Center for Chemical Innovation, based at Emory University, he helps coordinate a team of researchers seeking to transform the way we build everything from medicines to plastic electronics.