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ChemConvos

ChemConvos

By Henry Powell-Davies and Medina Afandiyeva
Welcome to the ChemConvos podcast, hosted by Henry Powell-Davies and Medina Afandiyeva, where we're all about finding the story behind the scientist. Each episode we'll be interviewing different scientists about their lives, their passion for chemistry and anything else in between! Follow us on Twitter at @ChemConvosPod, @hpowelldavies, @afandiy22. Email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
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2.3 - The Chemist Who Cooks with Dr LC Campeau (Part 1)
In the first part of our conversation with Dr LC (DrLCsquare on Twitter), we hear about his role at Merck Pharmaceuticals as the Associate VP Head of the Small Molecule Process R&D Division, his love for all things golf and how a fascination with cooking great tasting and looking dishes led to the creation of a now viral Twitter hashtag… If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
15:07
May 17, 2022
2.2 - Becoming an independant PI with Dr Laia Vilà-Nadal
In this episode we’re joined by the brilliant Dr Laia Vilà-Nadal (@laiavilanadal on Twitter), a newly appointed lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. We hear all about her journey from beginning her undergraduate studies in Spain to becoming a leader of her own research group in 2019. We discuss how the past two years with the pandemic and the shift to hybrid-working has impacted on being an independant PI and also hear her advice for other researchers wishing to pursue a career in academia. Dr. Nadal is an avid supporter of the #WomeninSTEM movement and is an advocate for removing barriers to enabling success in all areas of scientific research. Her research focusses on computational chemistry in relation to metal oxides & complex mixtures - more information can be found at: http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/wp/lvn-group/ If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us!  On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
47:28
April 10, 2022
2.1 - Welcome to 2022… with César & Stu!
In our first episode of 2022 (and Season 2!), we’re rejoined by two of our previous guests Dr. César Alejandro Urbina-Blanco (@cesapo) and Dr. Stuart Cantrill (@stuartcantrill). We reflect on our highlights of 2021, look forward to our hopes for 2022 and test our guests’ knowledge on Taylor Swift and Negronis in a special end of year quiz! Hope you enjoy the episode! If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
30:33
February 11, 2022
16. Twitter Stars with Anna Davis and Noah Bartfield
In this episode we’re joined by two up and coming graduate students in the ChemTwitter community and hear all about their journey’s so far including what they like doing both in and outside the lab! If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
53:31
January 12, 2022
15. Christmas 2021 - Meet The Hosts!
Welcome to our festive ‘Meet The Hosts’ episode! Medina and Henry discuss all things Christmas from their favourite traditions, music and movies! If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
21:07
December 24, 2021
14. The Wheels of Chemistry with Harry Sample
In this episode we’re joined by Harry Sample and we hear all about his travels around Europe as part of his PhD at PolyTHEA and about his fascination with all things cycling and barbershop - the musical kind not where you go for a haircut…!
39:34
December 17, 2021
13. The Wikipedia Queen with Dr. Jess Wade
In this episode, we're chatting with Dr. Jess Wade (BEM, @jesswade on Twitter), an Imperial College Research Fellow at Imperial College London investigating spin selective charge transport through chiral systems in the Department of Materials.  We hear all about her journey to creating Wikipedia articles for improving visibility of women in STEM and how become increasingly interested in Raman spectroscopy as part of her research (and enjoying Ramen too!). Beyond her research, we discuss the importance of a supportive lab culture and what it takes to be a great colleague or lab-mate. We also hear about how much she enjoys art and the importance it can play in fostering critical thinking and scientific creativity from a young age. If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
47:48
October 23, 2021
12. Going Chiral with ChemScrapes!
In this episode we're joined by Dr. Brendan Burkett (@ChemScrapes on Twitter) who has become synonymous with sketch chemistry, going viral with a well-known chemistry meme! We hear about his journey from Australia to Singapore and how he first became interested in art at school, taking this interest into his career in chemistry, becoming fascinated with how we can portray chemistry through his unique sketches. Besides this journey we discuss our favourite Shrek characters and whether or not there's a philosophical link between science and art.  If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us!  On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod  Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
43:28
September 23, 2021
11. JAWSChem with Dr. Dani Arias-Rotondo
In this episode we’re joined Dr. Dani Arias-Rotondo (@Dr_Dani_AR). We hear all about her journey from her familial routes in Argentina to becoming an Assistant Professor, inspiring the next generation of young chemists! We discuss how she co-founded JAWSChem, a pioneering platform for connecting ECRs in the chemistry community and what she sees as the role of science alongside religion in the modern era. If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
41:29
August 28, 2021
10. Asking Why with Dr. Kim Steward
In this episode we’re joined by Dr. Kimberley Steward, a 2020 EWOC committee member, recently of Corteva US & the current global chemistry ingredients leader at Cargil. We hear about her journey with introspection, how she got to where she is today as a double-minority in STEM and how she works to empower women to pursue science through her advocation for equality and diversity. If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
44:24
August 12, 2021
9. Cats, Chemistry, and Code with Nessa Carson
In this episode we’re joined by Nessa Carson (@SuperScienceGrl on Twitter) and we hear all about work in robotics and high throughput chemistry, her experience of moving from academia to industry, differences in workplace culture and the academic Atlantic divide between the US and the UK.
35:60
July 14, 2021
8. The Art Of Not Giving A Duck (Part 2) with Chemjobber
In the second part of our candid conversation with Chemjobber (@chemjobber on Twitter), we hear all about his philosophy around choosing the right career for you, his ideas about the greatest scientific breakthroughs, and even learn the secret of his favourite chemical compound! If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
23:16
June 05, 2021
7. The Art Of Not Giving A Duck (Part 1) with Chemjobber
In this episode we're joined by the infamous Chemjobber (@chemjobber on Twitter), who’s alter-ego of a rubber duck has become a core part of the #ChemTwitter community! In this first part, we hear about his career to date, how he came to be the fountain of all knowledge when it comes to careers in chemistry, and his advice to those looking for roles after graduation. If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
22:09
May 30, 2021
6. Out and Loud with Dr. Nick Chiappini
In this episode we're joined by Dr. Nick Chiappini (he/him, @ndchiappini on Twitter), who's currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Knowles group at Princeton. We hear about his research interests and long-term plan to become a professor, to his enjoyment of undergraduate teaching and his personal journey being a proud member of, and advocate for, the LGBTQ+ community. We also chat about his favourite books and love of all things ABBA! If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
30:39
May 13, 2021
5. A Gym for your Brain with Dr. Zoë Ayres
TW: This episode discusses sensitive topics around anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. In this episode, we're chatting with Dr Zoë Ayres (@ZJAyres on Twitter) about her personal journey with mental health, the mental health crisis in grad school, the importance of pronouns, academia vs industry and many more!  Zoë has produced numerous resources for grad students related to mental health including award-winning posters. These and other resources can be found at her personal website: www.zjayres.com If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us! On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
35:27
April 28, 2021
4. Fearless (Cesapo's Version)
In this episode, we’re chatting with Dr. César Alejandro Urbina-Blanco (@cesapo on Twitter) about everything from his work in carbon dioxide utilisation for green chemistry applications, to his love of plants and Taylor Swift! We also hear about his time as a CAS Future Leader in 2018, his research career travels around the globe, and his new found enjoyment of Belgian beer! If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us!   On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod  Or email us: chemconvospod@gmail.com
33:27
April 14, 2021
3. Automating Chemistry with Prof. Lee Cronin
In this episode, we’re chatting with Prof. Lee Cronin about everything from his work in automating chemistry & the search for artificial life, to what it’s like managing a large group during a pandemic, all about his favourite cuisine and interestingly what his views are on the meaning of life. If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us!  On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: @chemconvospod@gmail.com
32:33
April 02, 2021
2. Embracing Failure with Prof. Jen Heemstra
In our second episode we’re chatting with Prof. Jen Heemstra (@jenheemstra) about her passion of advocating for DEI, Women in STEM and combating the stigma around mental health issues in academia. Jen shares her personal story about dealing with failure and how this changed her approach to creating a more welcoming lab culture and enabled growth as an individual in all aspects of her life. If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us!  On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: @chemconvospod@gmail.com
32:31
March 16, 2021
1. The Nature of Publishing with Dr. Stuart Cantrill
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Stuart Cantrill (@stuartcantrill), the chief editor of Nature Chemistry about future of scientific publishing, work-life balance during COVID, his love for new gin recipes and other random topics! If you have ideas for new podcast topics or would like to be a guest on a future episode, then please reach out to us!  On Twitter: @ChemConvosPod Or email us: @chemconvospod@gmail.com
30:31
March 02, 2021
ChemConvos: Trailer
Welcome to the ChemConvos podcast, hosted by Henry Powell-Davies and Medina Afandiyeva, where we're all about finding the story behind the scientist...!
00:36
February 10, 2021