Lectures and Events

Global Women's Breakfast

As part of the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast initiative, the NZIC is hosting a series of events across the country on February 12th, 2019.

The event is titled “Empowering Women in Chemistry: A Global Networking Event”. The Global Women’s Breakfast aims to assist women chemists to expand their network of contacts, both locally and internationally. Women at different stages of their individual careers can inform each other about their career progress, and together explore opportunities, in professional development and in research or teaching horizons.


time: 9:30am

venue: The University of Auckland

contact: Melissa Cadelis (m.cadelis@auckland.ac.nz)


time: 7:30am

venue: Jack’s Coffee Lounge

contact: Dr. Michele Prinsep (michele@waikato.ac.nz)


time: 7:00am

venue: Cafe Cuba

contact: Dr. Jingjing Wang (jingjing.wang@nzp.co.nz)


time: 7:00am

venue: Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand

contact: Genevieve Fitzjames (g.fitzjames@auckland.ac.nz)


time: 8:30am

venue: University of Canterbury

contact: Dr Jan Wikaira (jan.wikaira@canterbury.ac.nz)



venue: the University of Otago

contact: Christina McGraw (cmcgraw@chemistry.otago.ac.nz)


The Rise and Promise of Artificial Molecular Machines Based on the Mechanical Bond

Sir Fraser Stoddart

  • Monday, 11th March, 2019
  • 16:00-17:00
  • WG403, City Campus, AUT
  • This lecture will be followed by a reception on WG Level 4

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart is one of the few chemists of the past quarter of a century to have created a new field of organic chemistry — namely, one in which the mechanical bond is a pre-eminent feature of molecular compounds. He has pioneered the development of the use of molecular recognition and self-assembly processes in template-directed protocols for the syntheses of two-state mechanically interlocked compounds (bistable catenanes and rotaxanes) that have been employed as molecular switches and as motor-molecules in the fabrication of nanoelectronic devices and NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS).

His work has been recognised by many awards, most notably the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry which was awarded “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”. He was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Bachelor in her 2007 New Year’s Honours List for services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology and has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and as a Fellow of the Royal Society.