UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


UCL Professor Professor Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh to give Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2019

9 September 2019

Following her receipt of the Rosalind Franklin award in July of this year, Professor Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh will now give the Rosalind Franklin Lecture on October 29th

Professor Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh

Earlier this year, Professor Nguyen was honoured for her achievements in the field of nanomaterials and her impactful project proposal. She leads a team doing interdisciplinary research on the design and synthesis of nanomaterials for biomedical applications, such as the studies of plasmonic and magnetic nanoparticles for diagnosis and treatment of disease, and has proposed a project to organise and deliver a residential summer science camp that is tailored to inspire and motivate Year 8 students, mainly girls from underprivileged, or ethnic minority backgrounds from deprived parts of London, who are currently underrepresented in STEM careers.

As a result of her success, Professor Nguyen has now been invited to give the Rosalind Franklin Lecture for 2019, under the title 'Nanomaterials from bench to bedside'. The abstract for the talk is as follows:

Michael Faraday synthesised gold nanoparticles back in 1856, so what is new? How could rust, which is magnetic, be used to diagnose and treat diseases such cancer? How can different shapes of gold nanoparticle such as rods or stars help with killing bacteria on surfaces? Come to find out about Professor Nguyễn's interdisciplinary and innovative research on the design, synthesis, characterisation, and biofunctionalisation of plasmonic and magnetic nanomaterials for biomedical applications.

The lecture will be webcast live from the Royal Society website, and a recording will be available soon afterwards. The event is free to attend - details can be found on the MAPS Event page.