The Chemistry of Luminescence: An Exploration of Deep-Sea Creatures, Fireflies, and Fireworks
Speaker: Rachel C. Steinhardt, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University
Talk Overview: Dr. Steinhardt will discuss the story of creating colored light from the natural world to man-made devices. We will look at how light is created by plants, animals, and minerals. A few stories from the natural world and modern device manufacturing will be presented. We will finish with discussing how to create fireworks of different colors.
Biography: Dr. Steinhardt completed her undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. creating new luminescent molecules for biomedical imaging at U.C. Irvine. She performed postdoctoral research in immunology and materials science at the University of Chicago, and she has been an assistant professor at Syracuse University since August of 2018. Her laboratory, The Steinhardt lab, focuses on synthesizing chemical tools to elucidate, manipulate, and image the interactions between organ systems–such as the nervous and immune systems–to pioneer new medical treatment strategies. Using technology like synthetically-tuned natural products, smart biocompatible polymers, and luminescent soft materials, we work to bridge the gap between molecular understanding of cellular function and mechanistic understanding of how individual organs work together to create a living being.
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