Cafe Scientifique Orlando is a gathering of scientifically-inclined people in Central Florida, who meet at a cafe, coffee house, pub, or nonacademic location to discuss events and ideas in the world of science. We enjoy beer and wine, and we use plain language to talk about extraordinary ideas.

Igarashi, Robert Y.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
717 W. Smith Street
Postal Code:
United States

Nature’s biological systems are probably the best empirical experimenters, because they have the luxury of conducting iterative trials that span immense time frames. They have, with exquisite chemical precision, evolved sophisticated solutions to some of nature’s most complex problems.

In human endeavor, much of how our chemical sciences have impacted human life has been in the field of organic chemistry, a carbon-based chemistry, which ranges in applications from petroleum based polymers to pharmaceuticals. These organic-based applications have been largely beneficial, but humankind still faces numerous challenges.

Also inside biological systems, inorganic processes perform some of the most complex and difficult chemistry in nature. Through scientists’ study of them, those inorganic processes potentially hold solutions to many of the problems and challenges that we currently face or will encounter in the next century.

We will discuss lessons bioinorganic chemists have learned and how those lessons affect how we will deal with energy, medicine, agriculture, and the environment.

Robert Y. Igarashi is currently an Assistant Professor since 2007 in the Department of Chemistry and also holds a joint appointment in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at UCF. Igarashi earned a BS degree in Biochemistry and MS degree in Chemistry from California State University Fullerton. He earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Utah State University under the tutelage of Prof. Lance C. Seefeldt where he elucidated the reaction mechanisms in the enzyme nitrognese. He then studied the enzymatic assembly of complex biological iron-sulfur clusters at University of California Berkeley under the guidance of Prof. Paul Ludden. Dr. Igarashi’s current research at UCF investigates the enzymatic mechanisms of iron-sulfur utilizing proteins that perform some of nature’s most complex reactions.

Past Café Scientifique Events

Race to the Moon 18 November, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Good Bacteria 9 September, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Marine Ecosystems 8 August, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Solar System 7 July, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Robotics 6 June, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Cloud Computing 13 May, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Nanoscience 8 April, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Fire Ants 11 March, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Food Preservation 5 March, 2014 - 19:00 Eden Bar at...
Marine Mammals 11 February, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Bees 14 January, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Frankenfood 10 December, 2013 - 18:30 downtown library

Topics We'd Love to See

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