SmB 49 – November 9th

On Thursday November 9th the last regular café of 2017 will be hosted! But fear not, on December 14th we will host a special café with a Sports theme including many exciting and of course sciency speakers; more info to follow shortly!
This month’s edition will be no less impressive as we have a grand line-up for you with lots of intriguing science, see the teasers below. As usual, it will take place at BioPartner. So join us and our speakers for an informative and inspirational discussion and networking!


Scott Waitukaitis
Elastic Leidenfrost Effect

The Leidenfrost effect is well-known to the chef—splash a bit of water on a pan, and if it’s hot enough to cook a pancake, then the water magically glides above the surface rather than boiling. While commonly associated with liquids, it can also happen with stiff solids like dry ice. Inspired by a YouTube video, I’ve recently exposed a new type of Leidenfrost effect that occurs with vaporizable soft solids, e.g. hydrogels. Rather than hovering, such materials energetically bounce and release ear piercing screeching noises. This new physical phenomenon teaches us how to use soft materials to harness mechanical energy and may be useful applications like soft robotics and microfluidics

Peter Sijmons
Peter Sijmons is a Leiden Biosciencepark veteran, one of the first employees in the 2nd biotech company in the park 1986, he will give a short tour of his career in biotech and how he returned to the park with the software company Szienz. This bumpy tour will illustrate the futility of career planning and highlights entrepreneurial behaviour

Sylvestre Bonnet
Light-activatable metal-based anticancer drugs

Sylvestre Bonnet studies the coordination chemistry of metal complexes in biological and biomimetic environment. By combining inorganic synthesis and photochemistry he makes new light-activatable metal-based anticancer prodrugs for use as targeted anticancer agents with minimal side-effects.

Location & Time

17:00 walk-in, 17:30 start
BioPartner 1
J.H. Oortweg 21
2333 CH, Leiden
Please find directions here.
We’re happy to see you! Please let us know if you plan to do so.


An impression of the Cafe

More photo’s can be found on Facebook.

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