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Science Matters Lunch and Learn: The Chemistry of Your Cup of Coffee

September 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Science Matters Lunch and Learn is presented in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library.

The program

Every morning, millions of people around the world start their day with a cup of coffee. But most put little thought into the science behind what makes this daily ritual possible. What makes a consistently good cup of coffee, and how can we use that knowledge to maximize the flavor experience?

Join computational chemist, Dr. Christopher Hendon, who will share his research on coffee and how chemistry plays a significant role in consistently brewing a quality cup of Joe. The presentation will touch on several research areas, including the chemistry of water, the physics of grinding (including cryogenics), and his team’s latest endeavors of using mathematical modeling to improve espresso reproducibility.

The speaker

Dr. Christopher H. Hendon is a computational chemist with interests in energy materials and coffee extraction. He obtained his BSc. Adv. HONS from Monash University in 2011 and PhD from the University of Bath in 2015. After a two year postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the University of Oregon as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemistry where his research group focuses on the chemistry of metal-organic frameworks. Professor Hendon’s interest in coffee began during his PhD, and since then has published several peer-reviewed articles and a book, Water For Coffee. He enjoys washed African coffees, dry Rieslings, and east coast oysters.

Accessing the Program

This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. Your link to join the program will be included in the confirmation email and on the confirmation screen after you complete your registration.

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The Linda Hall Library encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy our public programs. Closed captions are provided. If you require additional reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance of the program.

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The program will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page.

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This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.


September 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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