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2014 Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry


Dr. Christy Haynes will present the 2014 3M/Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry on Friday, April 25 at 12:45 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall. Christy Haynes is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota where she leads the Haynes Research Group, a lab dedicated to applying analytical chemistry to the fields of immunology and toxicology. Before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2005, Haynes performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Among many honors, she was named a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan fellow and a National Institutes of Health “New Innovator.” In 2012, she was named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10,” a group of “geniuses shaking up science today.”

Dr. Haynes will present on the topic of nanoparticle toxicity. Nanoparticle toxicity is relevant to both food and energy because engineered nanoparticles are increasingly being incorporated both into food products and devices for energy production – this means that engineered nanoscale materials will either intentionally or unintentionally be released into the ecosystem and the human body. The long-term goal of work in this field is to understand the molecular design rules that control nanoparticle toxicity using aspects of materials science, analytical chemistry, ecology, biology, and ethics. Taken together, these data suggest that careful consideration of engineered nanoparticle surface chemistry will likely allow design of safe and sustainable nanoscale materials.

You can find out more about the Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry on the Hamline website. Contact University Events at 651-523-2707 with questions.