The Periodic Table as a cultural icon

When: June 26, 2019 - 12h00
Where: Auditorium of the Library, FCT NOVA

What: Elemental Talks about the Periodic Table | Invited Speakers
Invited speakers address the topic in different perspectives.


The periodic table of the elements, a scientific information structuring and coding instrument, has become a model carried over to many aspects of human culture. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Mendeleev's periodic system, we will have a walk through some of those fields in which the periodic table establishes a dialogue with disciplines such as photography, literature, painting, sculpture, cartoons and music.


Santiago Alvarez

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Barcelona, where he has developed theoretical research on bonding, stereochemistry and magnetic properties of transition metal compounds. He has made also relevant contributions to the application of continuous shape and symmetry measures to stereochemical studies and to the establishment of structure-properties correlations. One of his lines of research has involved the extraction of chemical relevant information from structural databases, the most outstanding being the new sets of atomic covalent radii and of Van der Waals radii –adopted as standards by the community and highly cited– and a coordination ability index for solvents and anions. He has also promoted encounters across the borders of science and humanities through essay articles and books, and the biannual NoSIC (Not Strictly Inorganic Chemistry) meetings. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, corresponding member of the Spanish Academy of Sciences, member of the European Academy of Sciences, and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Israel Chemical Society. He has been awarded the prize for research in Inorganic Chemistry by the Real Sociedad Española de Química in 2003, the Solvay prize for research in Chemical Science in 2003, and the Catalan-Sabatier prize by the Societé Chimique de France in 2012.

Event coordinators:
Ana Aguiar-Ricardo
José J. G. Moura

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