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Institute of Bioengineering



IoB Seminar Series: Dr Philip Ball, Why water is weird

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Dr Philip Ball

Date: 8 February 2017   Time: 15:00 - 16:00

All life on Earth needs water to survive. But increasingly it seems that the characteristics that make water a solvent for life are also those that make it the weirdest of liquids. Some of these quirks of ‘life’s matrix’ are well understood; others are still being debated, sometimes furiously and controversially.

I will explore what we do and don’t know about water, ending with a consideration both of how its behaviour in living cells can offer clues for new purification technologies and of whether its unique role for life on Earth makes it a prerequisite for life on other worlds.

Location:  PP1 Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End
Contact:  Dr Philip Ball