The superheavy elements in the periodic table (beginning with rutherfordium, atomic number 104) have not been found in nature so far, but can be created in accelerator facilities. Nuclear chemist Lotte Lens looks at why and how we produce and study them – which can be made difficult when they have half-lives of a few minutes to mere milliseconds.
Lotte Lens has recently finished her PhD in nuclear chemistry. Due to her studies she also has expertise in applied chemistry, engineering and physics. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt Germany.
Ms Lotte resides in Germany but was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and can speak five languages including Dutch and German.
Thursday 24 October
Venue: The Forum, Gallery
Cost: Free, drop-in