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insight4me Chemistry – Inorganic Chemistry With Dr Rianne M Lord From University of East Anglia & Professor Darren Walsh From University of Nottingham

November 28 @ 15:35 - 16:35

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  • University of East Anglia: Dr Rianne M Lord in the School of Chemistry will present Metals in Medicine. Globally, there is an urgent need for new drugs which can selectively target and eradicate cancerous cells, whilst minimising the associated patient side effects. How can chemists be involved in the design of new metal-based drugs? What properties are required for such drugs? Why is this important for the future in medicine? Dr Lord’s talk provides a general overview on metals and metal-based drugs, giving insights into their medicinal history, the properties of effective drugs and their cellular targets. Dr Lord will provide examples of new cheaper metal-based drugs for targeted cancer treatment which are being developed in her research team at UEA.


  • University of Nottingham: Professor Darren Walsh from the School of Chemistry will discuss Metals in Next-Generation BatteriesLi-ion batteries (LIBs) have reshaped the modern world and are used in an increasingly diverse range of applications, including transportation. However, as the number of applications of these batteries increases, the sustainability of materials in the batteries is becoming a concern.  Of particular concern at present is the cobalt used in the positive electrodes of LIBs, but the availability of lithium is also likely is to reduce in the coming years.   In this presentation, Prof. Walsh will discuss efforts to move towards more sustainable metals for batteries, some of the challenges involved in replacing lithium and cobalt in our devices, and how new advances in inorganic chemistry may help us move towards more sustainable batteries.


In this insight4me Chemistry online event for schools and colleges, University of East Anglia and University of Nottingham each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, interactive topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Inorganic Chemistry, the universities have the freedom to choose their own focus and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.

insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for Year 12 & 13 students, and equivalent. The sessions directly support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording an understanding of how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications, and how they vary between universities.



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Chemistry and related disciplines. Student groups, and individual students and teachers are very welcome to join us.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Chemistry at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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November 28
15:35 - 16:35
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