Winter 2023 Distinguished Lecture by Professor Daniel G. Nocera

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Professor Daniel G. Nocera (Harvard), a world-renowned chemist known for revolutionizing chemical approaches to energy, visited UCLA on January 26, 2023, to give the Winter 2023 Distinguished Lecture. 

Over 200 faculty, students, and researchers attended Nocera’s lecture titled “Fuel, Food, and Vitamins from Thin Air, Water and Sunlight”, which was held in the department’s new Dongwon Yoo Seminar & Conference Hall in the Mani L. Bhaumik Collaboratory in Young Hall.

At the lecture, co-host Professor Chong Liu, who was a postdoctoral fellow in Nocera’s lab at Harvard before joining the UCLA faculty, introduced Nocera. After a question and answer period moderated by co-host Professor David Eisenberg, Nocera was presented with an engraved crystal plaque. A reception followed the lecture in the Collaboratory study hall.

Select photos from the event can be viewed below and a photo gallery can be viewed here

(Left) Prof. Chong Liu introduced Prof. Daniel Nocera. (Right) Prof. Nocera during his lecture.
Over 200 people attended Prof. Nocera’s lecture in the new Dongwon Yoo Seminar & Conference Hall.
Prof. Daniel Nasrallah asks a question during the Q&A period .  
(Left) Prof. David Eisenberg moderated the Q&A. (Right) Profs. Chong Liu and David Eisenberg presented Prof. Nocera with an engraved crystal plaque after his lecture.
(Left) At the reception after the lecture, attendees had the opportunity to meet and talk with Prof. Nocera. (Right) Prof. Nocera with his former postdoctoral fellow Prof. Chong Liu.

About the Distinguished Lecture Series

The UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry Distinguished Lecture Series is a department-wide colloquium in a special week once per quarter when there are no other seminars in our department. Since beginning the series in 2013, we have invited some of the world’s most accomplished and engaging scientists to speak – Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold (Caltech), David Baker (University of Washington), Zhenan Bao (Stanford), Jacqueline Barton (Caltech), Emily Carter (Princeton), Nobel Laureate Thomas Cech (University of Colorado, Boulder), Francois Diederich (ETH Zurich), Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna (UC Berkeley), Emily Carter (UCLA), Harry Gray (Caltech), Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Barry Honig (Columbia), Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg (Stanford), Yi Lu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Daniel Nocera (Harvard), Victoria Orphan (Caltech), Kimberly Prather (UCSD, Scripps), Douglas Rees (Caltech), Stuart Schreiber (Harvard), JoAnne Stubbe (MIT), George Whitesides (Harvard). Their lectures have consistently encouraged thought-provoking conversations and ideas.

For more information, visit the Distinguished Lecture series website.

Nobel laureate Professor Ben F. Feringa (University of Groningen) is scheduled to give the Spring 2023 Distinguished Lecture on April 13, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Details will be announced closer to the date. 

Article and photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,