Dr. Mas Subramanian, Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science in the Department of Chemistry, delivered his lecture on Pathways of Discovery: Designing a New Colorful Materials World to a packed house of about 200 students, alumni, faculty and friends of the College of Science on May 6, 2014. He spoke about the fascinating twist-and-turn travel through pathways of discovery leading to breakthroughs in science and how these pathways can involve conceptions, misconceptions and serendipity. Serendipity manifests when the alert and trained mind responds to an unexpected situation.
Dr. Subramanian explained his good fortune of making several internationally recognized scientific discoveries through conceptions and serendipity in his 30+ years as a materials chemist. His latest discovery: novel heat-reflecting inorganic color pigments discovered while exploring something unrelated. His research team recently discovered a new blue pigment. To put this landmark finding into context, it has been more than 200 years since the last durable blue pigment was discovered. This new generation of heat reflecting cool color pigments has far-reaching energy saving applications.
An accomplished researcher in solid-state chemistry, Dr. Subramanian is internationally recognized for breakthrough scientific discoveries involving superconductors, dielectrics, magnetism, catalysis, thermoelectrics and fluorination chemistry.Read more here.
Below are some of the photos that capture the essence of the evening.