Seminars

The Chemistry Seminar Series is presented Fridays from 8:45 to 10 a.m. in 219 Coolbaugh Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Seminar Archives

Spring 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017
Title: Elucidating Synthesis and Reaction Mechanisms for Catalyst Design on a Molecular Scale
Professor Ayman M. Karim, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Host: Pylypenko

Friday, January 20, 2017
Title: Single Atoms and Support Effects for Controlling Catalysis by Supported Noble Metals
Professor Phillip Christopher, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California – Riverside
Host: Trewyn

Friday, January 27, 2017
Title: Analytical Science: the heart and soul of new materials and chemistry innovation
Dr. Paul O’Connor, Project Manager, The Dow Chemical Company
Host: Williams

Friday, February 03, 2017
Title: Sorbent Design, Characterization, and Testing for Pollutant Removal from Fossil Fuels
Professor Jennifer Wilcox, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
Host: Trewyn

Friday, February 10, 2017
Carbon Nitrides: Materials for Energy Applications
Professor Paul McMillan, University College London
Host: Jensen

Friday, February 24, 2017
A New Twist on Old Chemistry: Organic Peroxides as RO+ Synthons
Prof. Patrick Dussault, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska
Host: Jensen

Friday, March 03, 2017
Hydrogen Storage Characterization and Optimization Research Effort (HySCORE)
Dr. Tom Gennett, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Host: Jensen

Friday, March 10, 2017
Title: Solution and Solid State Reactivity of Vinylazides
Prof. Anna Gudmundsdottir, Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati
Host: Vyas

Friday, March 17, 2017
Title: Clinical Applications for Simultaneous Identification and Antimicrobial Resistance Determination of Bacterial Pathogens
Nicholas Saichek, Department of Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines
Host: Voorhees

Friday, March 24, 2017
Title: Multifunctional Hybrid Silica-Based Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment
Professor Juan Luis Vivero-Escoto, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Host: Trewyn

Friday, April 07, 2017
Title: The Oxidation of Rubrene Revisited: Unexpected Intramolecular Rearrangement
Professor Alejandro L. Briseno, Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Host: Sellinger

Friday, April 14, 2017
Title: Atomic-Resolution Spectroscopic Imaging and In Situ Environmental Study of Bimetallic Nanocatalysts
Dr Huolin Xin, Center for Functinal Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Host: Richards

Friday, April 21, 2017
Title: Transformations of manufactured nanoparticles in environmental and biological media
Professor Jamie Lead, Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk, University of South Carolina
Host: Ranville

Friday, April 28, 2017
Title: Ethylene Epoxidation on Silver
Dr. Travis Jones, Inorganic Chemistry – Electronic Structure Group, Fritz-Haber Institute, Max Planck Institute – Gesellschaft
Host: Eberhart

Fall 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016
Title: New Strategies to Achieve Photoactivation of Biomolecules Using Visible Light
Prof. Arthur Winter, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University
Host: Vyas

Friday, September 9, 2016
Title: Catalytic upgrading of microbial acids to renewable polymer precursors
Dr. Derek Vardon, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US DOE
Host: Richards

Friday, September 16, 2016
Title: Understanding Transport in Nano- and Micro-Scale Porous Media
Prof. Iryna V. Zenyuk, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
Host: Pylypenko

Friday, September 23, 2016
Title: Environmental Aquatic Chemistry on a Computer
Prof. J. Samuel Arey, Environmental Chemistry Modeling Laboratory, École Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne
Host: Voelker

Friday, September 30, 2016
Title: Empty and Endohedral Fullerenes: New Structures and Unique Reactivity
Prof. Luis Echegoyen, University of Texas at El Paso
Host: Sellinger

Friday, October 7, 2016
Title: Biological coordination of f-elements: from nuclear decontamination to targeted radiotherapy
Dr. Rebecca Abergel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Host: Braley

Friday, October 14, 2016
Title: Understanding the Relationships Between Molecular and Macroscopic Properties of Multicomponent Liquids
Prof. Aurora Clark, Department of Chemistry, Washington State University
Host: Braley

Friday, October 21, 2016
Title: Porous Metal Oxides and Sulfides and Their Applications in Adsorption, Batteries, and Catalysis
Prof. Steven L. Suib, Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut
Host:Yongan Yang

Friday, Cctober 28, 2016
Title: Mass Spectrometric Innovations for Metabolomics
Professor Richard A. Yost, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida
Host: Voorhees

Friday, November 4, 2016
Title: From Nanocage to Malleable Thermosets: An Adventure in Dynamic Covalent Chemistry
Prof. Wei Zhang, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado – Boulder
Host:Yongan Yang

Friday, November 18, 2016
Title: Archaeal membrane lipid-based liposomes as potential carriers for oral delivery of therapeutic peptides
Professor Martin Brandl, University of Southern Denmark
Host: Williams

Friday, December 2, 2016
Title: Noble Metal Nanoparticles and Porous Materials for Heterogeneous Catalysis, Separations, and Chemical Sensing
Professor Simon Humphrey, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas – Austin
Host: Trewyn

Spring 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016
Prof. Peter de B. Harrington
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University
Host: Voorhees

Friday, January 22, 2016
Title: In Situ Chemical and Tomographic X-ray Microscopy
Dr. Johanna Weker
SLAC
Host: Pylypenko

Friday, January 29, 2016
Title: MRI of Batteries and Electrochemical Devices
Dr. Alexej Jerschow
New York University
Host: Yuan Yang

Friday, February 5, 2016
Title: Understanding the Nucleation of Molecular Crystals
Prof. Erik Santiso
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State
Host: Wu

Friday, February 12, 2016
Title: Developing Therapeutic Approaches against Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction
Prof. Christopher Hadad
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University
Host: Vyas

Friday, February 19, 2016
Title: Will This Chemical Kill That? Problems and Surprises in Disinfection
Prof. Richard Robison
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, BYU
Host: Cox

Friday, February 26, 2016
Title: Biological Conversion Strategies Targeting Renewable Biofuels and Bioproducts
Dr. Michael Guarnieri
National Bioenergy Center’s Applied Biology Group, NREL
Host: Posewitz

Friday, March 4, 2016
Title: Chemical Tools for Unique Applications: Monitoring Spacecraft Water Quality and Teaching Chemistry to Students with Blindness or Low Vision
Prof. April Hill
Department of Chemistry, Metro State University
Host: Trewyn

Friday, March 11, 2016
Title: Laser-Rrefrigeration of Fluoride Nanocrystals in Liquid Water
Prof. Peter Pauzauskie
Material Science and Engineering, University of Washington
Host: Richards

Friday, March 25, 2016
Title: Regioselective Bis-Additions to Empty and Endohedral Clusterfullerenes: Tether or Cluster Control?
Prof. Luis Echegoyen
Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso
Host: Sellinger

Friday, April 8, 2016
Title: Architecture at the nanoscale: Design principles for next-generation catalysts in energy applications
Prof. Yuriy Roman
Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Host: Richards

Friday, April 15, 2016
Title: Solution and solid-state structural chemistry of tetravalent actinide-ligand complexes
Prof. Karah Knope
Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University
Host: Jensen

Friday, April 22, 2016
Title: Recent Advances in the Development of Carbon-Based Materials with Tailored Porosity, Morphology and Surface Properties
Prof. Mietek Jaroniec
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kent State
Host: Pylypenko

Friday, April 29, 2016
Title: Doping and Charging Semiconductor Nanocrystals
Prof. Daniel R. Gamelin
Department of Chemistry, University of Washington
Host: Richards

Fall 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015
Title: Development and application of selective based separations for carbohydrate analysis in the biofuel industry
Dr. James Oliver
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines
Host: Williams

Friday, September 4, 2015
Title: Irrelevance of CO Poisoning of Pt in Methanol and Formic Acid Oxidation on PtRu Surfaces
Prof. YuYe Jay Tong
Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University
Host: Yongan Yang

Friday, September 11, 2015
Title: Diffusion Deconvolved: Quantifying Molecular and Morphological Contributions to Transport in Polymers
Prof. Louis Madsen
Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech
Host: Yuan Yang

Friday, September 18, 2015
Title: Solutions that behave colloidal: how self-assembly drives extractive metallurgy
Dr. Ross Ellis
Argonne National Lab
Host: Jensen

Friday, September 25, 2015
Title: Carbon-based ORR catalysts in acidic media
Prof. Umit Ozkan
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University
Host: Pylypenko

Friday, October 2, 2015
Title: Design and Synthesis of Heterogeneous Catalysts with Superior Catalytic Properties
Prof. Wenyu Huang
Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Ames, IA
Host: Trewyn

Friday, October 16, 2015
Title: Amine-Modified Silicates as Acid/Base Bifunctional Catalysts and Catalyst Supports
Prof. Christopher Jones
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech
Host: Trewyn

Friday, October 23, 2015
Title: Spies, Secret Cities and Nuclear Events You Never Heard Of: Consequences and Risks from Exposures to Ionizing Radiation.
Prof. Scott Miller
Nano Institute of Utah, The University of Utah
Host: Jensen

Friday, October 30, 2015
Title: The Softer Side of Actinide Chemistry
Prof. Justin R. Walensky
Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri
Host: Braley

Friday, November 6, 2015
Title: Lifetime of Materials Programmed by Molecular Design
Prof. Jeff Moore
Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Host: Sellinger

Friday, November 13, 2015
Title: Organic/Organometallic Chemistry by Design: Batteries, Big Energy, and Bio-sensing
Barbara Hughes, NREL
Host: Richards

Spring 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015
Title: A New Class of Aptamers for Life Scince Research, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics
Dr. Larry Gold
SomaLogic, Inc.
Host: Voorhees

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (special seminar) Brown Hall W280
Title: New Vistas in Zeolite Catalysis: Confinement, Electron Transfer and Lewis Acidity
Prof. Raul Lobo
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware
Host: Ciobanu & Trewyn

Friday, January 16, 2015
Title: Biosensors for early cancer detection based upon electrical interfaces to virus particles
Prof. Reg Penner
Department of Chemistry, School of Physical Sciences, University of California – Irvine
Host: Yongan Yang

Monday, January 19, 2015
Title: Noncoding RNA: When the message is not the message
Prof. Thomas Cech
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado – Boulder
Host: Wu

Friday, January 23, 2015
Title: Basking in the Glow of Californium
Prof. Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University
Host: Braley

Friday, January 30, 2015
Title: Targeted Paramagnetic Complexes for Sensing, Solar, and Other Aspects of World Domination
Prof. Matthew Shores
Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University
Host: Braley

Friday, February 6, 2015
Title: Reactions of Perfluoroalkyl Radicals with PAHs: Substitutions, Additions, Mechanistic Insights, Solid-State Pi-Stacking, Charge-Transfer Complexes with Electron Donors, and the Remarkable Effect of RF Chain Length on Electron Affinity
Dr. Steven H. Strauss
Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University
Host: Sellinger

Friday, February 13, 2015
Title: Chemical Predictive Modeling in Actinide Chemistry and Catalysis
Dr. Ping Yang
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, PNNL
Host: Braley

Friday, February 20, 2015
Title: Mechanistic Understanding of Li Transport and Phase Transitions in Rechargeable Batteries
Prof. Reza Shahbazian-Yassar
Department of Material Engineering, Michigan Tech
Host: Yang

Friday, February 27, 2015
Title: Biofuel Cells: Advances & Challenges
Prof. Plamen Atanassov
University of New Mexico
Host: Pylypenko

Friday, March 20, 2015
Title: Polymer Characterization by Temperature Gradient Interaction Chromatography
Dr. Taihyun Chang
Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, South Korea
Host: Kim Williams

Friday, March 27, 2015
Title: Molecular Compositions, Structures, and Thermodynamic Stability of Advanced Ceramics and Inorganic Nanomaterials
Dr. Scarlett Widgeon
Department of Chemical Engineering, UCSB
Host: David Wu

Friday, April 3, 2015
Title: Molecular precursor approaches to the design and synthesis of catalytic materials for renewable fuels production
Dr. Daniel Ruddy
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Host: Trewyn

Friday, April 24, 2015
Title: Materials by Design for Energy Storage Applications
Prof. Hailong Chen
School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Host: Yang

Friday, May 1, 2015
Title: Cyanobacterial cell factories: catalysts for photosynthetic conversion of CO2 toterpenoid hydrocarbons
Dr. Fiona K. Davies
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines
Host: Posewitz

Fall 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014
Title: Ion Transport and Stability of High Energy Lithium Batteries
Prof. Lynden Archer
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University
Host: Yang

Friday, September 12, 2014
Title: Active Learning, Flipped Classroom, Peer Instruction — Buzzword Concepts Applied to Online and Blended Learning
Prof. Klaus Woelk
Department of Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T)
Host: Wu

Friday, September 19, 2014
Title: Development, Implementation, and Assessment of an Integrated Lab-Lecture Format for Undergraduate Science Courses
Prof. Maria T. Oliver-Hoyo
Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University
Host: Caster

Friday, September 26, 2014
Title: Measuring order and disorder in nanoscale semiconductors with enhanced sensitivity and resolution
Prof. Bradley Chmelka
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California – Santa Barbara
Host: Sellinger

Friday, October 3, 2014
Title: Acquisition of Fe by aerobic microbes: What the geochemical community can learn from the biomedical community and vice versa
Prof. Patricia Maurice
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame
Host: Voelker

Friday, October 10, 2014
Title: Controls on dissolved organic carbon oxidation in arctic soils and surface waters
Prof. Rose Cory
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan
Host: Voelker

Friday, October 17, 2014
Title: Mechanisms Controlling Actinide Redox Speciation at the Solid-Water Interface
Prof. Amy Hixon
Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Science, University of Notre Dame
Host: Braley

Friday, October 24, 2014
Title: Colloidal Metal Nanocrystals: Moving from Academic Studies to Industrial Applications
Prof. Younan Xia
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech
Host: Yang

Friday, October 31, 2014
Title: Nuclear Forensics at Savannah River National Laboratory
Dr. Glenn Fugate
Savannah River National Lab
Host: Braley

Friday, November 7, 2014
Title: Mechanistic Studies of Transition Metal-Catalyzed Synthetically Useful Organic Reactions
Prof. Xiaotai Wang
Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado – Denver
Host: Yang

Friday, November 14, 2014
Title: TBA
Prof. Matthew Kanan
Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
Host: Richards

Friday, December 5, 2014
Prof. Alexander Katz
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California – Berkeley
Host: Trewyn

Spring 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014
Small Molecule Design for Organic Electronics
Professor John Anthony
Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky
Host: Sellinger

Friday, January 17, 2014
How Does Bioavailability of Metal Based Engineered Nanomaterials Influence Their Ecological and Health Implications
Professor Samuel Luoma
John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California – Davis
Host: Ranville

Friday, January 24, 2014
Title: Radiochemistry and the Study of Chemisorption
Dr. Bob Rundberg
Los Alamos National Lab
Host: Braley

Friday, February 14, 2014
Title: Stimuli Responsive Polymer-Based Sensors, Muscles, and Actuators
Prof. Michael Serpe
Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta
Host: Boyes

Friday, February 21, 2014
Title: The Inherently Dynamic Behavior of Catalysts
Prof. Susannah Scott
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California – Santa Barbara
Host: Richards

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Title: Rational engineering and photo-affinity labeling of paraoxonase-1 as a catalytic bioscavenger against nerve agents: a computational and ultrafast spectroscopic study
Dr. Shubham Vyas
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines
Host: Posewitz

Friday, February 28, 2014
Title: Nanostructure and Molecular Dynamics of Elastomeric Polyurea Copolymers
Prof. James Runt
Department of Material Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Host: Knauss

Thursday, March 6, 2014 – 10 am, 209 Coolbaugh Hall
Title: Reverse Engineering Spider’s Silk: Using NMR to Determine Structure, Dynamics and Assembly
Dr. Gregory Holland
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University
Host: Posewitz

Friday, March 7, 2014
Title: Supramolecular Stereochemistry in Liquid Crystals: From pico projectors to the first fluid conglomerate to organic nanoparticles for Photovoltaics
Prof. David Walba
Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado – Boulder
Host: Sellinger

Monday, March 10, 2014 – 10 am, 209 Coolbaugh Hall
Title: Time-resolved pump probe microscopy of ultrafast carrier dynamics in silicon nanowires
Dr. Erik Grumstrup
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Host: Posewitz

Friday, March 21, 2014
Title: Dramatic nano-fluidic properties of carbon nanotube membranes as a platform for protein channel mimetic pumps
Prof. Bruce Hinds
Department of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky
Host: Trewyn

Friday, March 28, 2014
Title: Molecular approaches toward the development of efficient electrocatalysts and catalysts for chemical energy conversion and storage
Dr. Eranda Nikolla
Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Wayne State University
Host: Trewyn & Richards

Friday, April 4, 2014
Title: Inorganic Synthesis for Designing Better Li-Ion Battery Electrodes
Prof. Bart Bartlett
Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan
Host: Yang

Friday, April 11, 2014
Title: Nanostructured Composites for Energy Storage Applications
Prof. Gleb Yushin
School of Material Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech
Host: Yang

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Special seminar 219 CO 4 pm
Wall of Fame
Host: Voorhees

Friday, April 18, 2014
Title: Mutually Tuning Optoelectronic and Supramolecular Structure in Organic pi-Systems
Prof. Ron Castellano
Department of Chemistry, University of Florida
Host: MME and Sellinger

Friday, April 25, 2014
Special Seminar at 12 pm in 131 Coolbaugh Hall
Title: Mentorship for Young Scientists: Developing Scientific Survival Skills
Dr. Federico Rosei
University du Quebec

Friday, April 25, 2014
Title: Multifunctional materials for electronics and photonics
Dr. Federico Rosei
University du Quebec
Host: Richards

Friday, May 2, 2014
Dr. Feng Lin
Colorado School of Mines/LLNL
Host: Richards

Fall 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013
Title: International Collaborations on Nanomaterials Characterization: A tale of two cities
Prof. Jim Ranville
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines
Host: Trewyn

Friday, September 13, 2013
Title: The Synthesis and TGIC Characterisation of Complex Polymers Synthesised by the Macromonomer Approach
Prof. Lian Hutchins
University of Durham, United Kingdom
Host: Williams

Friday, September 20, 2013
Title: Coupling of Computational and Experimental Methods to Study Real World Problems: From Chemical Warfare Poisoning to Environmental Sciences
Dr. Shubham Vyas
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines
Host: Voelker

Friday, September 27, 2013
Title: Conversion of biowaste silica to value added Si based materials including polymers and high purity silicon
Prof. Richard Laine
University of Michigan
Host: Sellinger

Friday, October 4, 2013
Title: Insight into metallo-enzyme evolution through multi-scale dynamics modeling
Prof. Anastassia Alexandrova
&CNSI
Host: Eberhart

Friday, October 11, 2013
Title: TDA’s conducting polymer platform and applications in flexible/printed electronics and medicine
Dr. Silvia Luebben
TCA Research
Host: Wu

Friday, October 18, 2013
Title: The fuel cycle science and technology division of the Idaho National Laboratory
Dr. Terry Todd
Idaho National Laboratory
Host: Braley

Friday, November 1, 2013
Title: Catalytic reactions of oxygenates relevant to the conversion of biorenewable materials
Prof. Aaron Sadow
Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University
Host: Trewyn

Friday, November 8, 2013
Title:The ethics of scientific writing: How to write and how not to write a paper
Prof. Gary Christian
University of Washington
Host: Voorhees

Friday, November 15, 2013
Title: Low Temperature Synthesis of Oxide Nanocrystals: Structure and Application
Prof. Richard Brutchey
Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California
Host: Trewyn

Friday, November 22, 2013
Title: Synthetic Design Tools for Complex Inorganic Solids and Nanostructures
Prof. Raymond Schaak
Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University
Host: Trewyn