Watson Lecture - Megasupramolecules: From Disaster to Discovery

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Julia A. Kornfield (BS '83, MS '84), Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemical Engineering, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech,
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The events of 9/11 spurred Kornfield's research team to begin researching polymers that, when added to fuels like gasoline, minimize the risk of explosion when ignited. These polymers, known as megasupramolecules, change the way liquid fuels flow and could help reduce fatalities and injuries from plane crashes, auto accidents, and IED attacks on the battlefield.

The 2021-2022 Watson Lecture Series will be presented virtually at caltech.edu/watson. Register online to add this event to your calendar and to receive an email reminder.


Each Watson Lecture will begin at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Each lecture runs approximately 40 minutes, followed by live audience Q&A.

About the Speaker

Julia A. Kornfield (BS '83, MS '84) is Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemical Engineering in Caltech's Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight assistant professors' research each season.

Many past Watson Lectures are available in a playlist on YouTube.

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