A quick announcement for Waikato readers.
The Hamilton fluoride referendum deadline is next weekend. If you are still trying to decide how to vote, or just want to get more information on fluoride, this would be a great lecture for you.
It is next Tuesday evening, at Waikato University. One of the Current Issues lecture series organised by the Waikato Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Everyone is welcome. Here are the details:
Fluoride – friend or foe
Dr Graham Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Waikato University.
Room L.G.01, Gate 1, Waikato University
Tuesday October 8, 2013, at 7.30 pm.
Fluoride is the small ion that is grabbing attention at the moment. For the synthetic chemist it is plagued by contradiction: Aggressive when naked, but docile when wet. It is responsible for fluorosis, but also endows teeth with resistance to decay.
The talk will present:
- The chemistry of fluoride
- The reasons for its harmful and beneficial properties
- How fluoride is introduced to water
- The misconceptions and misinformation.
Graham Saunders is a graduate of Oxford University. He has a research background in fluorine chemistry spanning over two decades. His past work has included using highly reactive fluoride compounds, fluorine gas, and making additives for water treatment. His current research interests include breaking extremely strong carbon―fluorine bonds and using the unique properties of the fluorine atom for highly water repellent surfaces.
Room L.G.01 is in L block. Entry is easiest through either Gate 1 on Knighton Rd or Gate 8 on Hillcrest Rd. A campus map is available at http://www.waikato.ac.nz/contacts/map.pdf. There is no charge for this event.