Chemistry, physics and politics: Professor Scharifker visits the University
10 September 2009
Professor Benjamin Scharifker, former president of the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, is visiting the University as a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor.
Professor Scharifker is internationally renowned for his work in the field of electrochemical phase formation. He has also made pioneering contributions to a variety of areas such as interfacial reactions at ultramicroelectrodes and electrochemical energy conversion. You can find details of Professor Scharifker’s work in chemistry and physics, and about the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorships, on the Institute of Advanced Studies’ webpages.
Professor Scharifker will give a lecture today (10 September) entitled 'Nucleation and diffusion-controlled growth of phases on electrodes: Theoretical models and experimental findings' at 4.15 pm in Lecture Theatre 4, School of Chemistry.
Professor Scharifker’s visit also provides a rare opportunity to gain insights into the complex socio-political situation in Venezuela. Professor Scharifker has been a strong public figure advocating for the autonomy of universities and public investment in science and technology, both of which have been severely eroded by the current administration, which has recently stepped up its efforts to control educational institution at all levels with a series of controversial reforms.