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QU’s Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences celebrates International Year of the Periodic Table 2019 | Qatar University

QU’s Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences celebrates International Year of the Periodic Table 2019

2019-09-30
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Qatar University’s (QU) Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, which is under the College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with QU’s American Chemical Society Student Chapter organized an event to celebrate International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT 2019). This year commemorates the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Periodic Table of Elements by Dmitri Mendeleev. The United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO have proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Faculty members, researchers and students from various departments and research centers of QU attended the event, along with other organizations, and students and teachers of secondary independent schools in Qatar.

Dr. Khalid Al-Saad Al-Kuwari, Head of the Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences in QU, welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of the periodic table and the great impact it has had on advancing the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and material sciences. Dr. Khalid talked about the periodic table’s role and significance as a crucial pillar for scientific knowledge.

Dr. Leena Abdulrahman Al-Sulaiti, Associate Dean for Science and Applied Sciences in QU’s College of Arts and Sciences, in her opening remarks gave a brief overview of the academic programs at the college. She discussed Dmitry Mendleev’s role in discovering one of the most influential achievements in science and highlighted the table’s importance in various scientific disciplines.

World Authority on History and Philosophy of the Periodic Table, Dr. Eric Scerri from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, was the keynote speaker for the event and spoke about the periodic table’s story and significance. He discussed the table’s evolution, beginning with the recognition of triads of elements and Prout’s hypothesis, progressing through the early attempts to develop a consistent periodic system. 

QU’s Prof. Yousef Hijji, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, presented a lecture entitled ‘Silicon and Derivatives: Their Properties and Application in Life.’  Dr. Hijji talked about the importance of silicon, which is the second most abundant element on Earth’s crust, and informed participants about the versatile applications of silicon and silicon-based products in electronics, computers, solar panels and in the automobile industry. He also discussed the uses of silicon in the preparation of organic compounds for use in the pharmaceutical industry.

Prof. Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, also from the Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, presented a talk on ‘Vanadium: History, Present Status and a Metal for the Future,’ where he highlighted the potential use of vanadium for the treatment of several diseases including diabetes, and cancer.  He also gave a detailed account of the current applications of this element especially in catalysis for the manufacture of several important chemicals.

Dr. Abou Bakr Abdullah, Hydro/QATALUM Chair Professor at QU’s Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) delivered the last lecture entitled, ‘Aluminum Production in Qatar and the Strategic Importance of Aluminum in Sustainability.’ Dr. Abdullah’s lecture focused on the strategic importance of the aluminum industry for the State of Qatar and its contribution to the sustainability of its economy.

This event also included hands-on demonstrations, interactive periodic table games and an exhibition of posters on the role of the elements in our life by students of QU’s American Chemical Society (QUACS) Student Chapter supervised by Faculty Advisor, Prof. Siham Y. Al-Qaradawi.

Related Files
  • Dr. Eric Scerri (Keynote speaker, UCLA) with QUACS Student Chapter members
  • Dr. Khalid Al-Saad Al-Kuwari, Head of the Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Qatar University, Celebrates International Year of Periodic Table (IYPT 2019)