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Chemistry Seminar: Ilia Guzei - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date & Time:
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Dr. Ilia Guzei of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will present on the History of X-ray crystallography in honor of the United Nations declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography.
History and Significance of X-rays
Roentgen's discovery of X-rays has transformed the world from obscure to transparent. It played a major role in science, medicine, law, and art. General population immediately embraced the discovery as evidenced by documented events at the turn of the 20th century. The history of Roentgen's discovery is followed by a discussion of Laue’s discovery of X-ray diffraction by crystals and efforts to understand the relationship between the diffraction patterns and internal structure of crystals. An example of a modern challenging single-crystal structure determination illustrate the importance of critical thinking in crystallography that leads to exciting chemical studies.
The talk is part of celebration of the International Year of Crystallography 2014.