Casimir Course - Chemistry Essentials for Biophysicists



9:30 - 10:30 hrs (12 sessions in April & May, see overview)


Delft, building 58 (Van der Maasweg 9), see the overview for the room numbers


About the course: This course, that will only be in our program once, is a survey of chemistry for biophysicists. The material will be useful in the design and enhancement of biophysical experiments, and provide sufficient background for the appreciation of future publications in the area.

About the lecturer: This year, we have the honour to host prof. Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford, as the 2018 Kavli Chair. Prof. Bayley is an internationally renowned scientist with pioneering work in biochemistry, specifically nanopores. Major interests of his laboratory are the development of engineered pores for stochastic sensing, the study of covalent chemistry at the single molecule level, ultrarapid DNA sequencing and the fabrication of synthetic tissues. He received his B.A. in chemistry from Oxford in 1974, while at Balliol College, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University in 1979 in the laboratory of Jeremy Knowles. After postdoctoral work with Gobind Khorana at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was on the faculty at Columbia University and the University of Oxford. From 1988 to 1996, he was at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and from 1997 to 2003 at Texas A&M University in College Station. In 2005, Professor Bayley founded Oxford Nanopore to exploit the potential of stochastic sensing technology. The company has developed the MinION portable DNA sequencer. In 2014, he founded OxSyBio to build synthetic tissues for regenerative medicine. Both his research and entrepreneurial skills have been recognised several times. He has been a recipient of the Royal Society’s Wolfson Research Merit Award and was the 2009 Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, Professor Bayley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2012, he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's Interdisciplinary Prize and in 2017, the Menelaus Medal of the Learned Society of Wales.

Form: 12 lectures, each of 1 hour (see attached overview)

Credits: 4 GSC

Registration: The maximum number of seats was reached on 26 March. In case you want to sign up for the waiting list, send an e-mail to Marije Boonstra.