School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Te Kura Matū Seminar Series

SPCS Joint Research Awareness Seminars - Part 1


Profs' Mike Reid and Rudi Marquez


School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, University of Canterbury

Time & Place

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:00:00 NZST in Room 701, Level 7

All are welcome


Prof Mike Reid

Lanthanide Electronic Structure, Spectroscopy, and Applications

Materials doped with lanthanide (rare-earth) ions are widely used in optical applications, such as phosphors, lasers, and optical amplifiers. An understanding of the electronic structure and radiative and non-radiative excited-state processes in these materials is crucial to the development of such applications. In collaboration with Jon Wells, I am focussing on refining our understanding, with a view to assisting applications development in the areas of quantum information and bio-imaging. In this presentation I will give a brief overview, and some of our recent results. 


Prof Rudi Marquez

Colours, Bugs and Drugs – What a Trip

Work in our group has been focused on the development of new interdisciplinary approaches for treating and diagnosing disease.  Using a combination of structural biology, rational drug design, organic and medicinal chemistry we have been to tackle some pressing issues in diabetes, infection and parasitology.  As part of this lecture, I will give an overview of our journey, and include some of our recent successes (and failures).





Mike and Rudi kick off our SPCS Joint Seminars Series Part 1.  This series is designed to share current research within the School.  Postgraduates and 300-level physics, chemistry, biochemistry, medical physics and astronomy students are encouraged to attend.