Science Café College of Science and Mathematics
North Dakota State University

Our Next Science Café:

Nov 13, 2018, 7pm at Stoker’s Basement, Hotel Donaldson

Presenter: Alena Kubatova

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Chemistry Department, University of North Dakota

Chemical analysis as CSI investigation: From biofuels to atmospheric particles

Abstract: Everything around us consists of chemical compounds, yet often we do not know what they are. A single chemical or even a single atom position can change a chemical from being benign and useful to a nasty toxin. In addition, chemicals often occur as mixtures of hundreds if not thousands of individual components, for example, atmospheric particles or particulate matter. Among them, some chemicals are key to cloud condensation, climate change and human health. When designing new biofuels as complex mixtures, we also need to understand the individual components to be able to assess their potential or predict impact on our life. But, how do we go about it and how can we trust the data obtained?

General Information

Our Science Cafés feature

  • A presentation by a scientist
  • Discussion
    • have a conversation with the scientist
    • talk among yourselves

Free and open to the public.

Attendees must be 21 or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, contact Diane Goede at or (701) 231-7411.

Science Café presentations are about one hour long; there is some extra time for discussions. The location is:

Stoker’s Basement
Hotel Donaldson
101 N Broadway
North Dakota