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Lecture John Dennis


04 October 2010 FWN-Building 5118.0118, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Dr. John Dennis
Affiliation: Department of Physics, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Title: Production, Purification, and NMR Characterisation of the first equatorial adduct of C70
Date: Mon Oct 4, 2010
Start: 12.00
Location: FWN-Building 5118.0118
Host: Ricardo Bouwer / Kees Hummelen
Telephone: +31 50 363 8750


Dr Dennis' research centers on the synthesis, purification, and spectroscopic characterization of novel fullerene related materials. Dr Dennis conducted pioneering work in the synthesis and purification of fullerenes. During August 1990 Dr Dennis became the first researcher to synthesize and purify the archetypal fullerene C60 (i.e., to do both) and since then he purified more fullerene isomers than all other researchers combined; including all 9 known isomers of the third most abundant fullerene C84. To this end he has developed several counter to proper practice HPLC techniques for fullerene purification that are now commonly used in many fullerene research labs throughout the world. His present research interests include:


Temperature-dependent structural studies

Double-walled nanotubes

Carbon peapods

Endohedral fullerenes as contrast agents for MRI

Quantum information processing

Isomer-pure fullerene and endohedral fullerene-based transistors


Before joining QMUL, Dr Dennis conducted postdoctoral research under a series of personal research fellowships from the Australian Research Council, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He gained his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Harry Kroto at the University of Sussex in 1993.


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