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Dr Dargaville RACI lecture on 'Smart Polymers' at Cairns High

28/07/2014

Dr Dargaville, Lauren Mallett, Katty Tsai, Elliot Coupe of year 12 Cairns High learning about 'Smart Polymers'

 

Cairns High Science students to have opportunity to learn from a Queensland University of Technology lecture. 

 

Dr Timothy Dargaville MRACI CChem, of Queensland University of Technology will present lectures to Cairns High years 10, 11 and 12 Science and Chemistry students as well as year 9 Maths Science Extension classes on Tuesday 29 July.

 

“I am going to enjoy the prospect of demonstrating to students what a chemist actually does as a researcher; showing them the future of polymers and where jobs will be for chemists in the future”, commented Dr Dargaville.

 

Supported by the Queensland University of Technology and the Business Liaison Association the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) lecture series was introduced in 1980 by the Chemical Education Group of the Qld Branch of the RACI.

 

At that time the group was headed by Professor Jim O’Donnell, the resident Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Queensland. When he passed away in 1995 the lectures series was renamed for him to The O’Donnell School’s Lecture Series.

 

This year’s lecture will be on “Smart” Polymers a current teaching area for Dr Dargaville and one which he also has extensive research expertise. Polymers and plastics e.g plastic bags and ones hidden in memory cards and phones have impacted almost all aspects of modern life. The lecture will discuss how polymers, can change and also their use in two seemingly unrelated areas: space-based telescopes and tissue engineering (growing of human organs outside the body).

 

“This is a highly valuable opportunity - for our Cairns High students to listen to Dr Dragaville, such a well known and respected Chemist. For all the Chemistry students, as well as the junior high achievers who have also been invited, they will no doubt be inspired by this incredibly poignant and current subject”, expressed Mrs Robyn Cowie, HOD Science.