November 6, 2018
Science on Tap presentation focuses on using molecules to deactivate chemical weapons
Science on Tap is held in a relaxed setting and features a brief, informal presentation by a K-State scientist followed by lively conversation. The goal is to build the community's enthusiasm for science in a fun and unique way.
Science on Tap features a short introduction to the scientists' research and time to engage with fellow attendees around the research presented. The event wraps up with a conversational Q&A period. The free, interactive program begins 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Tallgrass Tap House, 320 Poyntz Ave. Be sure to let the Tap House staff know you are there for Science on Tap.
This month's featured guest will be Tendai Gadzikwa, assistant professor of chemistry. In her research, Gadzikwa is a specialist in molecular architecture. An architect is a person who plans, designs and oversees the construction of buildings. In supramolecular chemistry, the same is done, except molecules are used as building blocks to construct giant molecular structures. As an example, Gadzikwa will describe her work toward the construction of "molecular sponges" that can absorb and deactivate nerve agents.
Science on Tap is offered as part of Sunset Zoo's Behind the Science initiative, which is an effort to build our community's enthusiasm for science in a fun and unique way. The program is organized in partnership with Tallgrass Tap House, Kansas State University's Graduate School and the Center for Engagement and Community Development.
The last Science on Tap of the semester will be Wednesday, Dec. 5.