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Mickey Mouse On Noncaffeine

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 12:45 to 14:00
Dr. Belinda Heyne
Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary
Event Category: 
LMC - Lectures in Modern Chemistry
Dr. Russ Algar and Dr. Nadine Borduas-Dedekind
Chemistry B250


As one of the most versatile reactive oxygen species and a well-known cytotoxic agent, singlet oxygen, the electronically excited form of the dioxygen molecule, is at the forefront of a vast window of applications. In a medical context, production of singlet oxygen has been widely used in photodynamic therapy to kill cancerous tumors and microbial pathogens. Some of the remaining challenges for the use of photodynamic therapy in clinical applications are the poor specificity of photosensitizers towards the desired targets and the lack of strategy to maximize singlet oxygen production. Nanotechnology is without a doubt an exploding field of research, which is finding actual applications in our everyday lives. Could nanotechnology have also the potential to address the challenges faced by photodynamic therapy? Through a journey at the nanoscale, we will take a closer look at the good, the bad and the ugly regarding singlet oxygen production in order to solve some of society grand challenges, being cancer or antimicrobial resistance.