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Faculty Lecture Series: "Dirty Chemistry: Using Molecules to Understand Environmental Problems" presented by Myrna Simpson


The Faculty Lecture Series is a thought-provoking showcase of outstanding research taking place at U of T Scarborough. The one-hour lectures offer staff, students & faculty the opportunity to engage with new ideas and theories presented by our faculty members.

All lecture will be presented in the Arts & Administration Building, Room AA112 from 5 - 6 pm.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2006 - 5:00-6:00pm, AA112

"Dirty Chemistry: Using molecules to understand environmental problems"

presented by Myrna Simpson, Assistant Professor, Physical & Environmental Sciences

Soils are an important resource which are being degraded rapidly. Soils are an integral part of the global carbon cycle and undoubtedly play a vital role in global climate change. Soil contamination is also of great concern some contaminants can reside in the soil for decades enhancing the risk to animals and humans. Despite all of the environmental problems, soils have not been studied at a molecular-level. For instance, soil organic matter has not been molecularly characterized making it difficult to predict soil responses to climate change and contaminant fate and transport in terrestrial environments. This lecture will discuss these issues in detail and highlight the molecular-level investigations of soil organic matter structure and environmental reactivity that is currently being conducted at UTSC.

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