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ChemTalk chemistry podcast interviews

In our podcast series, we interview chemists, scientists, and educators from across the globe who show the many career paths that involve chemistry, and how a love for chemistry can manifest itself in many unique ways. Each episode features a different chemist from a different part of the world and a new perspective of chemistry. The ChemTalk chemistry podcast can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, and most additional streaming platforms.

Episode 1: Interview with Dr. Michelle O’Malley

Chemistry podcast interview - Michelle O'Malley

Scott, Lawton, and Rylie from ChemTalk talks to Dr. Michelle O’Malley about her research on biomaterials, her education, and what it’s like to be a professor at UC Santa Barbara. If you want to know more about Dr. O’Malley, you can check out her website or Twitter, or reach out to her by email (momalley@engineering.ucsb.edu).

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Episode 2: Interview with Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann

Chemistry podcast interview - Roald Hoffmann


Scott from ChemTalk talks to Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann about how his love for chemistry began, nanoparticles, who’s going to win the next Nobel Prize, his friendship with Oliver Sacks, the real purpose of a research group, and so much more. Dr. Hoffmann won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1981. If you want to know more about Dr. Hoffmann, you can check out his website or email him at rh34@cornell.edu.

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Episode 3: Interview with Dr. Lauren Zarzar

Nafeesa and Olivia from ChemTalk interview Dr. Lauren Zarzar, an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University whose research focuses on material chemistry. Tune into the riveting interview to hear about how science and art overlap, the importance of creativity in research, and how we can work as a community to change the perception of chemistry. Since the interview, Dr. Zarzar has joined the ChemTalk team as an advisor. If you want to know more about Dr. Zarar, you can check out her website or Twitter, or contact her by email (ldz4@psu.edu).

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Episode 4: Interview with Dr. Timothy Dore


Nafeesa, Shreya, and Melissa from ChemTalk interview Dr. Timothy Dore, an associate professor at New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi. Professor Dore speaks of his experience with medicinal chemistry research, his time as a visiting professor in Kyoto, how COVID-19 changed the direction of his research, and how to travel as a chemist. If you would like to know more about Dr. Dore you can check out his website or reach out to him by email at timothy.dore@nyu.edu.

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Episode 5: Interview with Dr. Jen Heemstra

Chemistry podcast interview - Jen Heemstra

Nafeesa and Scott from ChemTalk interview Dr. Jen Heemstra, a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Heemstra speaks of her research group, how she got to where she is in academia, coping with failure in the STEM world, and much more. If you would like to know more about Dr. Heemstra you can check out her website or Twitter or reach her by email at jen.heemstra@emory.edu.

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Episode 6: Interview with Dr. Fun Man Fung

This week, Scott Gietler and Nafeesa Mahmood from ChemTalk speak with Dr. Fun Man Fung, an instructor at the National Univerity of Singapore. Dr. Fung speaks of the passion involved in being a professor, how online learning can change the world for the better, and the importance of honest feedback. If you would like to know more about Dr. Fung you can check out his YouTube or Twitter or reach him by email at fun.man@u.nus.edu.

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Episode 7: Interview with Dr. Dino Spagnoli

This week, Nafeesa Mahmood from ChemTalk speaks with Dr. Dino Spagnoli, a Lecturer and Coordinator of First-Year Studies in Chemistry at the University of Western Australia. Dr. Spagnoli speaks about his experiences as a research assistant at UC Berkeley in California, the process in which he developed his own app, what it was like working in the tobacco industry, and more. If you would like to know more about Dr. Dino Spagnoli you can check out his research or Twitter, or reach him by email at dino.spagnoli@uwa.edu.au.

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