Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events & Seminars

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Dr. Phil Crews, Invited Keynote Speaker / CIF Summer School Presents: TBA

Monday June 27th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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The 2016 John K. and Dolores Stille Science Symposium

Saturday October 29th, 2016 at All Day Event in Colorado State University

The 8th Stille Symposium will be held at Colorado State University on October 29, 2016.  Four world-renowned scientists will give plenary lectures on the development and application of NMR in our world.  The symposium will also feature a poster session and reception. The 2016 Stille Symposium honors the late John K. Stille, an internationally recognized scientist, […]

Past Events & Seminars

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Jacob Nite Presents: Theoretical Study of Tris(1,3-Propanedionato)Chromium(III) for Insight into Cr(III) Based Photocatalysts

Thursday May 26th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

RESEARCH SEMINAR Photoredox catalysis has gained acceptance in synthetic organic chemistry due to unique reactivity patterns, product selectivity, and less toxic reagents.1 Much of the work in the literature centers around using ruthenium or iridium-based catalysts. Recent work has demonstrated that Cr(III) catalysts can replace Ru(II) catalysts through alternative reaction pathways.2,3 In addition to providing […]

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Albert I. and Joan Meyers Symposium

Friday May 20th, 2016 at All Day Event in Behavioral Sciences & the Lory Student Center

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University is honored to host the Albert I. and Joan Meyers Symposium sponsored by the Stille Endowment on Synthetic Chemistry and Chemical Biology on Friday, May 20th, 2016. Five world-renowned scientists will give plenary lectures on key advances in modern organic chemistry and chemical biology.  The symposium will also feature […]

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Deanna M. D’Alessandro Presents: Stimuli Responsive Microporous Materials

Monday May 9th, 2016 at 11:00 AM in Chemistry B302

The development of redox- and light-active and microporous materials are highly sought after goals: at a fundamental level these materials offer unprecedented insights into electron delocalisation in three-dimensional coordination space; at an applied level, they have potential for electrocatalytic conversion through to solar energy harvesting. This presentation will detail our latest results in the design […]

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Kathryn Tracy Presents: Efforts Towards 2D IR Microscopy

Thursday May 5th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research seminar Information regarding chemical structure and chemical dynamics of proteins can be obtained from two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) spectroscopy [1].  However, chemical dynamic information about protein solvation varies spatially within cells and tissues due to changes in environment.  In order to more completely characterize such heterogeneous samples, efforts towards spatially resolved nonlinear optical spectroscopy […]

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Senior/Awards Banquet 2016

Thursday May 5th, 2016 at 6:00 PM in Hilton Fort Collins in the Green & Gold Room

This year the Senior/Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at the Hilton Fort Collins in the Green & Gold Room. We will meet for an informal social hour at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar available, but not provided. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., with the awards presentations following. […]


Chris Snow Presents: Programmed Assembly of Host-Guest Crystals

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

A materials science frontier of enduring appeal is the creation of designer materials in which functional molecules are precisely organized in three dimensions. Crystalline materials are particularly appealing due to the possibility of elucidating the atomic structure via X-ray diffraction. Relatively little work has focused on engineering protein crystals as host-guest scaffolds, due to the […]

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Kerry Rippy Presents: Fluorinated Polyaromatic Molecules for Organic Electronics

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research seminar

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Dan Agocs Presents: Investigating Nanoscale Copper Antimony Selenides: Cu3SbSe3 and Cu3SbSe4

Friday April 29th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar

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2016 CNS Teaching & Mentoring Awards Ceremony and Laureate Lecture

Friday April 22nd, 2016 at 4:45 PM in Long's Peak Room, LSC

Friday, April 22, 2016 – 4:45pm Longs Peak Room, LSC CNS Teaching & Mentoring Awards Ceremony and Laureate Lecture by Anthony Rappé Please click on the image below to RSVP.


Zhen-Gang Wang Presents: Electrostatics beyond Poisson-Boltzmann: Effects of Self-Energy

Thursday April 21st, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Ions are essential in physical chemistry, colloidal science, electrochemistry, biology and many other areas of science and engineering. While their role is commonly described in terms of screening and translational entropy, many phenomena, ranging from some classical experimental observations made many decades ago to some new systems of current interest, cannot be explained, even qualitatively, […]


Francois Gabbai Presents: Lewis acidic and redox properties of organoantimony compounds: From anion sensing to catalysis

Tuesday April 12th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Over the years, our group has developed a strong interest in the study of redox active and/or Lewis acidic main group derivatives. In this presentation, we will show that oxidation of organoantimony(III) derivatives provides access to Lewis acidic antimony(V) derivatives which can be used in a number of applications ranging from anion sensing to organic […]


Vincent Lavallo Presents: Ligand and Catalyst Design with closo-Carborane Anions

Friday April 8th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Julie Macpherson Presents: Diamond Based Platforms for Multifunctional Electrochemical Sensing

Wednesday March 30th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Department Colloquium/Dow Sustainable Chemistry Speaker/Reception following seminarin Chemistry lobby.   Electrochemisty has always offered a potential low cost route to the development of solution based sensors for a wide range of solution analytes. At the heart of most electrochemical based techniques is electron (or charge) transfer across the electrode/electrolyte interface. We are particularly interested in […]


Kirill Kovnir Presents: Rational Approaches for Novel Thermoelectric and Strongly Correlated Magnetic Materials

Friday March 25th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The phenomenon of thermoelectricity is attributed to the interconversion of thermal and electrical forms of energy. We developed a new class of bulk thermoelectric materials based on clathrates with a three dimensional framework comprised of oversized transition metal-phosphorus polyhedral cages that encapsulate guest cations. Transition metal-based clathrates have the following advantages over conventional Si-, Ge-, […]


Jonas Peters, Caltech Presents: A single-site synthetic iron nitrogenase

Tuesday March 8th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Andrew Abeleira Presents: Characterization of Sources and Impacts of the Volatile Organic Compound Composition in the Northern Front Range Metropolitan Area

Wednesday March 2nd, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar During summer months, the Northern Front Range Metropolitan Area (NFRMA) of Colorado consistently violates the 75 ppbv 8-hour EPA National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ambient ozone (O3), despite proposed reduction in anthropogenic O3 precursor emissions.1 The region has been deemed an O3 non-attainment zone since 2008. Ground-level O3 is produced from photochemical catalytic cycles involving volatile […]


Rob Knowles Presents: Proton-coupled electron transfer in organic synthesis and asymmetric catalysis

Monday February 29th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sigma Aldrich Distinguished Organic Seminar Speaker


Karen Wooley Presents: Synthetic Methodologies and Advanced Applications for Sophisticated Nanoscopic Devices

Friday February 26th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Dow Lecture on Sustainable Chemistry/Departmental Colloquium


Joel Eaves Presents: Atomistic Hydrodynamics and the Dynamical Hydrophobic Effect in Porous Two Dimensional Crystals

Thursday February 25th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Porous two dimensional crystals offer many promises for applications in water desalination, but for computer simulation to play a predictive role in this area, one needs to have reliable methods for simulating an atomistic system in hydrodynamic currents. In this talk I will describe our methodology and show how statistical mechanical models give microscopic insights […]

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Ellen Daugherty Presents: Effect of iron-organic matter complexation on iron and carbon cycling

Wednesday February 24th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research seminar Accurate climate modeling is dependent on our understanding of both the large-scale and molecular-level processes that influence carbon cycling. Iron plays a significant role in the carbon cycle at multiple levels: iron minerals are responsible for the sequestration of a substantial amount of organic carbon1, and iron is the limiting nutrient for carbon […]

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Trey Murschell Presents: Calibrating Semi-volatile Pesticides for Gas Phase Measurement Using Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry

Wednesday February 17th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research seminar Worldwide application of pesticides has attracted much research in environmental systems including atmospheric, aquatic, and soil media. Pesticides are commonly applied as dilute mixtures that can then volatilize and be transported long distances, impacting atmospheric chemistry, Secondary Organic Aerosol formation, and OH radical reactivity in regions distant from application sites.1-3 However, the transport […]

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Darrin Flanigan Presents: Catalytic α-C(sp3)-H Functionalization of Alcohols

Monday February 15th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Andy Maverick Presents: Host-guest chemistry and redox reactions of metallacyclic complexes

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Macrocyclic metal complexes with internal diameters of 7-20 Å can be prepared from multifunctional beta-diketone or pyridyltriazole ligands. The beta-diketonate metallacycles bind guests such as fullerenes and amines. The pyridyltriazole complexes, on the other hand, are redox-active; a cyclic Cu dimer can be used in a 3-step cycle for reducing CO2 to oxalic acid.


Kevin Kittilstved Presents: Dopant/defect incorporation and interactions in multifunctional inorganic nanomaterials

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Abstract: ln the past few years there has been a boom in the number of consumer products that utilize inorganic nanomaterials including the green and red phosphors in next-generation TVs and displays. While these consumer products provide many advantages in terms increased energy efficiency, they are still somewhat limited in scope compared to thin film […]


Paul Chirik Presents: Catalysis with Earth Abundant Transition Metals: Application to Organic Synthesis and Industry

Monday February 1st, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Departmental Colloquia

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Arnold Paecklar Presents: Atomic Origins of Selective Nitrogen Adsorption Using Isotope-Contrasted Total Scattering

Friday January 29th, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar: 80-90% of the chemicals produced in industrial settings rely on catalytic systems [1]. Given the significant relevance of catalysts in fundamental science and industry, it is important to foster a better understanding of the solid-state materials that serve as heterogeneous catalysts. With heterogeneous catalysis, many different surface reactions take place (diffusion, adsorption/desorption, reaction, […]


Andrew Boydston Presents: New Strategies for Making and Breaking Polymers

Friday January 22nd, 2016 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Sergey Nizkorodov Presents: Photochemical and Dark Aging of Organic Aerosols

Wednesday November 18th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Atmospheric aerosols significantly affect air quality, visibility, and global climate. Organic compounds make up a significant, and often dominant, fraction of the atmospheric particulate matter (PM). Primary Organic Aerosol (POA) is emitted in the atmosphere directly by various sources such as traffic, ocean wave breaking, biomass burning, fossil-fuel combustion, cooking, and so on. The initial […]


Jimmie Weaver Presents: Cross-coupling Made Easy via Electron Addition

Tuesday November 17th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Romeo Portillo Presents: The First Lanthanide Photoreductant: Inner Sphere sp3 and sp2 C-X Activation via a Luminescent Ce(III) Complex

Monday November 16th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar Yin, H.; Carroll, P. J.; Anna, J. M. ; Schelter, E.J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 9234.  DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b05411

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MORTAZA DERAKHSHANI MOLAYOUSEFI Presents: Simulation of Voltage-Gated Potassium Ion Channels

Thursday November 12th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar Ion transportation through cell membranes is of fundamental importance to living organisms. Such transfer processes are facilitated by various ion channels to perform functions such as muscle contraction, cell-cell communication, etc. 1-2 Voltage-gated potassium ion channels are an important type of ion channels that are targets for various types of neurotoxins such as […]

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Chemistry of Addiction – FREE ACS webinar featuring Dr. Tony Rappe

Thursday November 12th, 2015 at 12:00pm in n/a - WEBINAR

Chemistry of Addiction November 12, 2015 @ 2:00pm ET Along with physiology and psychology, chemistry plays an important role in addiction beyond the obvious “cooking” made popular in the TV series Breaking Bad. Small molecular species, neurotransmitters, are the chemical messengers of neuronal synaptic transmission. These natural processes can be diverted or disrupted by exogenous […]


Brian Leonard Presents: Synthesis of Metal Carbide Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy

Tuesday November 10th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Joshua Cogell Presents: The Mechanism of the Magnesium Nanocrystal Hydrogenation and Dehydrogenation Reaction

Friday November 6th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar   Hydrogen is an attractive energy source due to its large energy density (142MJ/kg vs. 47MJ/kg for liquid hydrocarbons), high abundance on Earth, and ability to be burned as a clean synthetic fuel. These three factors make hydrogen an excellent fuel for transportation vehicles.1 The main problem in utilizing hydrogen as a fuel […]

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Jed Wilson Presents: Development of Self-healing Polymers Derived from Biomass Using Green Chemistry Techniques

Friday November 6th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar   Petroleum has been the main source of chemical building blocks for the polymer industry for decades. These monomers are cheap and the polymer materials industry has been developed around their mechanical and rheological characteristics. New types of polymers with unique and advantages properties may be the impetuous needed to begin the transition […]


Tim Lian Presents: Efficient Light-driven Long Distance Charge Separation and H2 Generation in Semiconductor Quantum Rods

Thursday November 5th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Quantum confined semiconductor nanocrystals (0D quantum dots, 1D quantum rods and 2D quantum platlets) have been intensively investigated as light harvesting and charge separation materials for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications. The efficiency of these semiconductor nanocrystal-based devices depends on many fundamental processes, including light harvesting, carrier relaxation, exciton localization and transport, charge separation and charge […]

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Josh Thomas Presents: Utilization of 5,5’ disubstituted tris-bipyridine cobalt complexes as high potential dye sensitized solar cell electrolyte mediators

Friday October 30th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research seminar   Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology has the potential to yield good efficiencies while maintaining lower materials costs compared to more traditional commercial technologies. In order to obtain the best possible efficiency for DSSCs, it is necessary to find components which will maximize the metrics of open circuit voltage and short circuit […]

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Join us on October 30th for the CSU Chemistry Department’s HALLOWEEN SHOW!

Friday October 30th, 2015 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in Chemistry Building, main lobby

Come join us for a night of spooky fun! Visit our booths filled with bugs, slime, reptiles, oobleck, science and more!   Just a short walk from the MAX (University Station) or Lake Street Parking garage (Prospect Rd and Center Ave).   OCTOBER 30 5:30pm – 7:30pm CSU Chemistry Building           […]

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Justin Walensky Presents: The Softer Side of Actinide Chemistry

Thursday October 29th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Julie Holder Presents: Quantifying the Humidity Dependence of Proton-Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry

Wednesday October 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar   Proton-transfer reaction mass-spectrometry (PTR-MS) is a widely utilized analytical technique for detecting trace gaseous organic compounds. PTR-MS offers fast sampling rates (0.1 – 1.0s), low to no analyte fragmentation, high sensitivity (pptv – ppbv), and specificity for a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) relevant to diverse disciplines including the medical […]

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Kate Berg Presents: Combining Microfluidics with IR Spectroscopy to Study Enzyme Kinetics

Wednesday October 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar   Kinetic experiments are performed to optimize reaction conditions and to provide information for mechanistic models. In enzymology, kinetic models provide understanding for rational drug and inhibitor design. These experiments are usually performed using large amounts of reagents (milliliters to liters), materials, and labor, making them expensive and time intensive. Performing kinetic experiments […]

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Ken Dill Presents: Towards a Physical Chemistry of the Cell

Thursday October 22nd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Department Colloquia   Half of the biomass in a cell is protein. So, some behaviors of cells are likely to be due to behaviors of the cell’s proteome. We use simple physical chemical models to explore them. For example, cells are very sensitive to temperature; it’s important for how global warming affects biology. This may […]

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Alyssa Winter Presents: Measuring Advanced Polymeric Materials for Targeted Drug Delivery

Wednesday October 21st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar   With recent dramatic advances in synthetic techniques and increases in polymer complexity and specificity within the past several years, researchers are making materials that are purported to have amazing capabilities in the bio-medical realm, especially for chemotherapy drug-delivery purposes. One such material recently investigated is a histamine-functionalized triblock copolymer hydrogel (PHGE-b-PEO-PHGE) that […]

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Michael Link Presents: How Do You Quantify Compounds You Cannot Calibrate For Using Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry?

Wednesday October 21st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar   Studies have unsuccessfully attempted to reconcile observations of atmospheric particle formation in the ambient environment with laboratory studies of particle formation 1,2. Evidence from laboratory studies suggesting a missing chemical component in the recipe for atmospheric particles led to the discovery of a class of organic compounds predicted to critically influence particle […]

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ACS Program in a Box: Tales of Lab Safety – How to Avoid Rookie Accidents

Tuesday October 20th, 2015 at 5:00pm in Chemistry B302


Tohru Fukuyama Presents: Synthetic Studies on Heterocyclic Natural Products

Monday October 19th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Michael Tarne Presents: Significant Increase of Tc in Bulk Iron-based Superconductors Through Interfacial Chemistry

Friday October 16th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar   The discovery of superconductivity at Tc = 26 K in LaFeAsO1-xFx marked the beginning of high-temperature superconductivity in iron-based materials.1 The simplest iron-based superconductor is Fe1+δSe, shown to superconduct at Tc = 8.4 K.2 This material provides a model system in which we can make modifications to attempt elucidation of the causes […]

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Arnold Paecklar Presents: Atomic Origins of Selective Nitrogen Adsorption Using Isotope-Contrasted Total Scattering

Friday October 16th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar   80-90% of the chemicals produced in industrial settings rely on catalytic systems [1]. Given the significant relevance of catalysts in fundamental science and industry, it is important to foster a better understanding of the solid-state materials that serve as heterogeneous catalysts. With heterogeneous catalysis, many different surface reactions take place (diffusion, adsorption/desorption, […]

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Gateway to the Science Mall groundbreaking ceremony

Thursday October 15th, 2015 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm in north of the Environmental Health Building and west of the intersection of Lake Street and East Drive.

Please join the Department of Biology, the Department of Chemistry and the College of Natural Sciences on October 15, 2015 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm to celebrate the beginning of a new era in sciences at Colorado State University. Festivities include honored speakers, light refreshments, and other activities. We hope to see you there! Thursday, Oct. 15 […]


Gil Nathanson Presents: Exploring Gas-Liquid Interfaces by Ballistic Helium Evaporation

Thursday October 15th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Steve Strauss Presents: Anyone Can Cook! and Anyone Can Be a Fluorine Chemist!

Tuesday October 13th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Holly DeBolt Presents: Observational Constraints on the Mechanisms That Control Size-resolved Aerosol Fluxes Over a Colorado Forest

Friday October 9th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar   Aerosols in the atmosphere can interact with incoming solar radiation directly by scattering light or indirectly by influencing the radiative properties of clouds. These aerosol indirect effects are poorly understood and give rise to the largest source of uncertainty in climate change models. While research has been focused on anthropogenic aerosols, biogenic […]

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Loryn Killpack Presents: Structural Modifications for Improved Ionic Conductivity in Sodium Antiperovskites

Friday October 9th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar   As the world moves away from non-renewable energy sources towards green, sustainable energy production, the development of energy-storage technology that parallels that level of sustainability has become increasingly important. Solid-state batteries, utilizing solid electrolytes, are safe and inexpensive. Recently, a new superionic class of materials, the lithium oxygen anti-perovskites1, has gained attention. […]

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Angela Hanna Presents: Mechanistic Studies and Quantification of Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species

Thursday October 8th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar   Plasma technology has been used in medicine since the 19th century as means of sterilization, tissue removal, and cauterization.1 These early methods, however, utilized thermal plasmas which cannot be extended to the treatment of heat-sensitive living tissues. Non-thermal effects of plasmas can also potentially be tuned for selective sub-lethal purposes, such as […]


Chuck Winter Presents: Atomic Layer Deposition of Metallic Transition Metal Films

Tuesday October 6th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Lazlo Kurti Presents: Novel Direct Arylation and Amination Reactions: Rapid Synthesis of Functionalized Biaryls, α-Arylated Ketones, Arylamines and Heterocycles

Monday October 5th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The growth of knowledge in the chemical sciences has seen a dramatic increase since the beginning of the 21st century. The advance is particularly significant in synthetic chemistry because of its centrality and value to society. Key to all of this is the constant development of novel C-C and C-heteroatom bond-forming strategies, methods and reagents […]

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Colin Brook Presents: Next Generation Molecular Acceptors for Organic Photovoltaics

Friday October 2nd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature seminar The last decade has shown dramatic improvements in the performance of organic solar cells; with power conversion efficiencies (PCE) improving from 4.4% in 2005 to efficiencies of 11.5% as of late this year.1,2 However, these record efficiencies come from devices made from polymer(donor):fullerene-derivative(acceptor) blends, with most of the improvements arising from changing the […]

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Brian Reeves Presents: Understanding the Effects of Electron Withdrawing Groups in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Friday October 2nd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar. Over the last two decades, dye sensitized solar cells have shown promise as a low cost alternative to traditional silicon based solar cells.1 Ruthenium complexes have been the standard dye sensitizers used in these devices, achieving efficiencies as high as 12%.2, 3 Recently, significant efforts have been made to shift away from ruthenium […]


Dane Wittrup Presents: Tumor Targeting: Wishful Thinking vs. Reality

Thursday October 1st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Departmental Colloquia

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Jesus Tapia Presents: “Hollow-Fiber Flow Field-Flow Fractionation as an Alternative Separation Method for Polysaccharides

Wednesday September 30th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Ultra-high molecular weight biopolymers, such as polysaccharides, are routinely analyzed using size exclusion chromatography (SEC) to obtain molecular weight, weight distribution, and dispersity information.1, 2 These types of biopolymers are often used in a range of medical applications, such as plasma volume expanders; thus accurate molecular weight analysis is important. Unfortunately, accurate molecular […]

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Tara Van Surksum Presents: The Challenges in Quantitative Characterization of Plasma Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes

Wednesday September 30th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have exceptional mechanical and electrical properties that make them suitable for applications in energy storage, electronics, and biotechnology.1,2 Because of these properties, CNTs have gained considerable attention among the nanoscience community, but the potential of CNTs for a range of applications has been stunted because of inherent deficiencies such as […]

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Jake Schneider Presents: Improving Sodium-Ion Anodes with Composite Nanomaterials: NaTi2(PO4)3 in Graphene

Tuesday September 29th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar   Citation: Wu, C.; Kopold, P.; Ding, Y.; Aken, P. A. Van; Maier, J.; Yu, Y. Synthesizing Porous NaTi2(PO4)3 Nanoparticles Embedded in 3D Graphene Networks for High-rate and Long Cycle-Life Sodium Electrodes. ACS Nano 2015, 9 (6), 6610.

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Jennifer Prescher Presents: Expanding the imaging toolbox

Monday September 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Cynthia Shuman Presents: Biacore in your backyard: empowering your research with Surface Plasmon Resonance at the CIF core

Thursday September 24th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) is widely used in basic and applied research for the identification and characterization of biomolecular interactions. The fundamentals SPR and Biacore technology will be described as well as its application to label-free binding studies, affinity, kinetics and active concentration analysis. Specific application examples using Biacore systems will be discussed, including antibody, […]

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Ryan Fulgham Presents: Quantifying Dry Deposition of Volatile Organic Compounds with Direct Measurements

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Volatile organic compounds, such as isoprene, monoterpenes, and methanol, are ubiquitous, numerous, and diversely functionalized molecules emitted by biogenic, anthropogenic, and biomass burning sources. Volatile organic compounds indirectly impact climate and air quality by contributing to the global radiative balance through the formation of greenhouse gases and secondary organic aerosols and acting as […]


Gordana Dukovic Presents: Photophysics and photochemistry of nanoscale semiconductors and implications for solar fuel generation

Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals are remarkably versatile materials that exhibit a high degree of tunability in electronic structure, optical spectra, and surface properties. My research group is focused on the photophysics and photochemistry of nanoscale semiconductors with a particular emphasis on light-driven reactions involved in solar water splitting. To photochemically drive reduction of H+ to H2, […]


Hiro Suga Presents: A RaPID way to discover pseudo-natural products and peptides

Monday September 21st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The genetic code is the law of translation, where genetic information encoded in RNA is translated to amino acid sequence. The code consists of tri-nucleotides, so-called codons, assigning to particular amino acids. In cells or in ordinary cell-free translation systems originating from prokaryotes, the usage of amino acids is generally restricted to 20 proteinogenic (standard) […]


Michael Heien Presents: Advancing neurochemical measurements that increase our understanding of the brain

Wednesday September 16th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Fast changes in the extracellular concentration of neurotransmitters can arise from phasic neuronal firing, whereas long-lasting changes are associated with tonic firing. Dopaminergic neurons exhibit both of these firing patterns. Fast-scan cyclic voltammetry has been used to measure rapid changes in dopamine concentration in vivo, but it has not been able to access the absolute […]

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Monica Olvera de la Cruz - ISTeC lecture Presents: DNA-functionalized nanoparticle assembly

Tuesday September 15th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The selectivity of DNA recognition inspires an elegant protocol for designing versatile nanoparticle (NP) assemblies. We use molecular dynamics simulations to analyze dynamic aspects of the assembly process and identify ingredients that are key to a successful assembly of NP superlattices through DNA hybridization. A scale-accurate coarse-grained model faithfully captures the relevant contributions to the […]

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Monica Olvera de la Cruz Presents: Polyhedral Crystalline Membranes

Monday September 14th, 2015 at 11:00 AM in Library Event Hall

ISTeC Lecture   Polyhedral geometries have beguiled scientists and mathematicians for millennia. In recent times polyhedral shapes have been identified at the microscopic level in crystalline shells such as fullerenes, viral capsids and protein-based bacterial organelles. The most frequently found polyhedron in homogeneous crystalline shells is the icosahedron. We demonstrate that other geometries arise spontaneously […]


Mike Fayer Presents: Dynamics of Complex Molecular Structures – Functionalized Surfaces and MOFS

Thursday September 3rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Despite widespread interest in and applications of functionalized surface monolayers, experimental studies that explore the structural influences on their fast dynamics are rare. The impact of major structural variations, including alkyl chain length, chain density, and the presence of interlinking siloxane networks among chains, on the structural dynamics of alkylsiloxane monolayers in air at room […]

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Inorganic Student Seminar Meeting Presents: Inorganic Student Seminar Meeting

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Materials Student Seminar Meeting Presents: Materials Student Seminar Meeting

Friday August 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Mark Grinstaff Presents: Clinically Informed Biomaterials: Chemistry and Engineering

Tuesday August 25th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

As an academic scientist and engineer working in interdisciplinary research, I ask questions all the time – from the most basic (how do we design small molecules to enable the synthesis of advanced materials?) to the most translational (how do we take a laboratory discovery to the clinic?). Through this process, I challenge my students […]

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Russell Davidson Presents: Phosphate Hydrolysis – The Reaction that Powers Nature

Thursday June 11th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Phosphate hydrolysis is a ubiquitous reaction in biological systems and is responsible for driving cellular processes ranging from energy transduction to signal transduction. To understand how this reaction has been utilized by Nature to power these cellular processes, much research has been performed to investigate the phosphate hydrolysis mechanism. Initial studies have investigated the uncatalyzed […]

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Alex Radosevich Presents: Structural Deformation in the Design of New Organophosphorus Catalysts

Monday June 1st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

My research group is invested in the discovery of phosphorus-based catalysts that make and break bonds via two-electron changes in formal oxidation state. By enforcing nontrigonal geometries on tricoordinate P(III) compounds, we attempt to create structural and electronic conditions that facilitate catalytic cycling in the P(III)⇌P(V) redox couple. This approach has resulted in the development […]


Peter Moeck, Ph.D. Presents: Crystallographic Image Processing for Scanning Probe Microscopy

Wednesday May 20th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Crystallographic Image Processing (CIP) originated with the electron crystallography community. We applied CIP to images of long-range ordered 2D periodic surface arrays that were recorded with different kinds of scanning probe microscopes (SPMs) [1]. Our technique is also able to correct frequently encountered artifacts in scanning probe microscopy, i.e. effects of multiple mini-tips that collectively […]


Beth Guiton, Ph.D. Presents: Investigating Nanostructure Synthesis Using In Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

Tuesday May 19th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Beth Guiton is a solid state chemist in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky. The research focus of the Guiton Group is to combine the synthesis and design of new nanostructured materials, with their characterization using advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques, in particular by performing real-time imaging of the evolution of nanostructures as [...]

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Brian R. McNaughton Presents: Expanding the Functional Utility of Proteins as Basic Research Tools and Therapeutic Leads

Friday May 15th, 2015 at 12:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Abstract: Historically, the vast majority of reagents used to perturb biological systems have been small organic molecules (MW <800 Da). However, the target diversity of these reagents is limited. For example, recent studies suggest that only a small percentage of the human proteome (approximately 10-20%) is susceptible to small molecule-dependent recognition and modulation. Representative of […]

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Morgan Hawker Presents: Fabrication and Plasma Modification of 3D, Porous, Polymeric Materials for Biomedical Applications

Friday May 8th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

For biomaterial applications including tissue engineering, controlled-release drug delivery, and wound healing, a comprehensive understanding of interactions between cells and the material of interest is critical. This understanding centers on a detailed exploration of both surface chemistry and architecture. Many polymeric materials have desirable bulk properties for specific applications, including bioresorbability and the ability to […]

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Benjamin Wiebenga-Sanford Presents: Now that’s what I call a sticky situation – Confinement of glucose and sugar alcohols

Thursday May 7th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Carbohydrates are not benign molecules in aqueous solutions. Acting as both “structure makers” and “structure makers”1 carbohydrate molecules affect the organization and mobility of their local environment. We have performed a series of experiments to explore the behavior of glucose and the sugar alcohols sorbitol, xylitol, and ethylene glycol respond to a confined environment, specifically […]

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Vy Le Presents: Carbohydrate-Based Vaccines as Treatment of Diseases

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Kevin Klunder Presents: Renewable Biomass Derived Electrodes for High Energy Density Supercapacitors

Friday May 1st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The storage of electric energy is a hot topic in chemical research due to an increased use of portable electronics, electric and hybrid vehicles, along with alternative energy production. One way to store electric energy is through the use of supercapacitors. In contrast to batteries, supercapacitors can store and discharge all of their energy within […]

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Professor Andrei Tokmakoff Presents: DNA tautomerism: Using ultrafast 2D IR spectroscopy to understand the shape-shifting properties of an anti-viral mutagen

Thursday April 30th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The tautomerization of DNA bases is thought to be a mechanism of spontaneous mutation. Since rare tautomers are difficult to identify, this principle has not been proven; however, it has been used in recent drug designs that seek to target HIV through lethal mutagenesis. It has been shown that by artificially introducing a deoxycytidine analogue […]

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Mark E. Meyerhoff Presents: Electrochemical Sensors in Medicine: Meeting Needs for the 21st Century

Wednesday April 29th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Over the past 30 years, miniaturized potentiometric and amperometric sensors for ions (K+, Ca++, Na+, Mg++, Cl–, H+), gases (O2 and CO2), and nutrients/metabolites (glucose, lactate, creatinine, urea) have revolutionized the practice of critical care medicine by providing tools to measure an array of physiologically important species, simultaneously, in small volumes of undiluted whole blood.  […]


Heavy Metal: Not Just Another Dance with Vanadium

Friday April 24th, 2015 at 4:45 PM in Cherokee Park Ballroom, LSC

Lecture by Debbie C. Crans, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Chemistry 2015 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate   Friday, April 24, 2015 – 4:45pm Cherokee Park Ballroom, LSC   CNS Teaching & Mentoring Awards Ceremony and Laureate Lecture Reception to follow in the University Club   RSVP to by April 22, 2015

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Everett Jackson Presents: Electrodeposition Cu2Sb Anodes for High Capacity Lithium Ion Batteries

Friday April 24th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Improving the performance of batteries while simultaneously reducing cost remains a significant technology challenge for lithium ion batteries.(1,2) Using electrodeposition as a tool to synthesize high capacity materials for lithium ion batteries has the potential to satisfy both of these criteria. In our group, we have previously shown that copper antimonide, a potential high capacity […]

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Michael Barich Presents: Accessing Chemistry with Novel Microfluidic Technology

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The need to know how molecular systems behave in complex chemical environments is growing, and there is a surprisingly large gap in the ability to measure these systems. Using passive flow, we have developed the microfluidic fluid control to generate complex chemical environments. We have developed microfluidic mixers based on diffusion, secondary flow, and convection […]

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Genevieve Kahrilas Presents: Transformation of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Underground – Focus on Glutaraldehyde

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Biocides represent a key class of chemicals within hydraulic fracturing fluids, included to prevent microbial-induced souring and/or corrosion in wells where underground conditions may favor bacterial growth. Glutaraldehyde (GA), the most common biocide added to hydraulic fracturing fluids, was used in over half of all wells fractured in the continental U.S. in the year 2014. […]

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Patrick Kent Presents: Proposing Mechanisms for Heterogeneous Catalyst Formation

Tuesday April 21st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Prof. Joel Thornton Presents: From Forest Volatiles to Atmospheric Particles

Wednesday April 15th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

With a global flux greater than 500 Tg of carbon per year, terrestrial vegetation is the largest source of volatile organic compounds (VOC) to the atmosphere. Subsequent photochemical oxidation converts a significant, but highly uncertain, fraction of this material into low volatility compounds that either participate in the nucleation and growth of new particles, influencing […]


Shaowei Chen Presents: Electron-Transfer Chemistry of Functional Nanoparticles: An Interfacial Perspectiv

Tuesday April 14th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Organically capped metal nanoparticles represent a unique class of functional nanomaterials that have attracted a great deal of attention in diverse areas of research. With the organic-inorganic composite structures, the nanoparticle structures and properties have long been known to be manipulated by both the organic capping ligands and the metal cores. Recently we have shown […]


Prof. Martin Gruebele Presents: Dynamics at Glass Surfaces

Thursday April 9th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Glasses move very slowly, taxing the experimenter’s (and simulator’s) patience. Probing dynamics at glass surfaces is one way to tackle the time scale problem, as theories of glassy dynamics predict similar but much faster dynamics at surfaces. We make STM movies of glass surfaces with orders of magnitude of dynamic range in time. We find […]

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Wil Biddle Presents: Breaking the Degeneracy of the Genetic Code to Increase the Chemical Functionality of Proteins

Wednesday April 8th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Proteins act as the workhorses of life as structural polymers, signaling molecules and catalysts. While the “canonical” set of 20 amino acids is sufficiently diverse to produce and sustain life, canonical amino acids are chemically limited. Proteins are powerful biochemical tools, but increasing the available chemical functionality in the set of amino acids leads to […]

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Alec Lutzke Presents: Nitric oxide-releasing chitin and chitosan derivatives with S-nitrosothiol substituents

Friday April 3rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Chitin (poly-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine) is a β-1,4-linked polysaccharide that is primarily isolated from the shells of marine crustaceans. Over 1011 tons of chitin are biosynthesized each year, of which 150,000 tons are commercially available.1,2 There has consequently been significant interest in the development of materials that exploit the unique properties of this abundant natural resource. The most […]

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Patrick Brophy Presents: A Switchable Reagent Ion High Resolution Time-of-Flight Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (SRI-HR-TOF-CIMS) for the Measurement of Atmospherically Relevant Trace Species

Wednesday April 1st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The recent application of high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometers to atmospheric, gas phase samples has already started to shift the paradigm of atmospheric mass spectrometry and atmospheric chemistry.1 Chemical ionization (CI) has been the ionization scheme of choice for years, but technological limitations have forced the field to use quadrupole based mass detectors with unit […]

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Chemistry Alumni & Friends Reception

Monday March 23rd, 2015 at 6:00pm in CSU Denver Center

Please join fellow alumni, faculty and friends to share in a celebration of the honors and achievements of Colorado State University chemistry faculty and students. Monday, March 23, 2015 6 – 8 p.m. CSU Denver Center 475 17th Street, Suite 200 Denver, CO 80202 Remarks at 7 p.m. by Dr. Janice Nerger, Dean of the […]

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Jing Tang Presents: ABC Triblock Polymer-Based Thermoresponsive Hydrogels with ROS-Triggered Degradation and Drug Release

Friday March 13th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

As a thermosensitive material, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAM) has been intensively studied for drug delivery.1,2 However, PNIPAAM based polymers have limitations such as syneresis, lack of degradability, and lack of inherent drug loading and release mechanisms. Much work has been done to optimize the performance of such polymers.3   Duvall and co-workers4, for the first time, furnished an […]

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Josh Page Presents: Eliminating Degradation in Solid Oxide Electrochemical Cells by Reversible Operation

Friday March 13th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Solid oxide electrochemical cells (SOCs) are promising devices for energy storage applications due to their high efficiency and versatility. SOCs can either be operated as fuel cells, consuming fuel to produce electricity; or as electrolytic cells, using electricity to produce chemical fuels.1,2 For renewable energies with intermittent sources, such as solar and wind power, SOCs […]

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Mardi Billman Presents: The Cooperativity of Orthogonal Hydrogen and Halogen Bonds

Tuesday March 10th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Matthew Cook Presents: Silicon, Spiroketals and Sigmatropic Rearrangements

Monday March 9th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Chase Gerold Presents: Chiral Templating of Self-Assembling Nanostructures by Circularly Polarized Light

Friday March 6th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Creating chiral nanostructures with the use of circularly polarized light (CPL), has been shown to be a potential enantioselective synthesis technique. Chiral nanostructures that result from the enantioselective synthesis are attractive for possible nanomaterial applications in the areas of nanorod catalysts, chiral photonic materials and nanoplasmonics.1,2 Kotov et al. described the use of CPL as […]

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Zachary Butz Presents: Light Controlled Modification of Peptide Amphiphile Assemblies

Friday March 6th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Peptide amphiphiles (PAs) are molecules that possess a hydrophobic region, e.g. a long alkyl chain, and a charged hydrophilic peptide region. These molecules can assume many supramolecular structures which can serve as scaffolds for biological activity. High aspect ratio-fibers and spheroids can be formed with varying physical attributes depending on the characteristics of the tune-able […]

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Rachel M. Feeney Presents: Bioanalytical Applications Enabled by Combining Electrochemistry and Microfluidics

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Development of new bioanalytical techniques is crucial for diagnostics ranging from the clinic to self-monitoring applications. Sensitive and selective detection of biomarkers in complex matrices is essential to the ability to make accurate diagnoses and monitor drug effects on biological systems. Electrochemistry provides a sensitive, selective analytical tool that is compatible with small-volume samples, while […]

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Don Morrison Presents: An Overview of Hydroformylation Technology

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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ACS on Campus

Thursday February 26th, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. in Morgan Library, Event Hall

ACS on Campus is an outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty advance their careers. The program brings leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communication, and career development to university campuses to present seminars and workshops. Colorado State University will host ACS on Campus on Wednesday, February 25 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm […]

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FREE Chemistry Comedy Show!

Thursday February 26th, 2015 at 7:00pm in Chemistry A103

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Dr. Edgar D. Goluch Presents: Techniques for Bacterial Analysis

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Bacteria exhibit remarkable abilities to organize and adapt themselves in dynamic environments; however, relatively few quantitative techniques exist for studying bacterial behavior. Their small size (sub-micrometer dimensions) and motility (several body lengths per second) presents exceptional challenges for bacterial cell analysis. These unique bacterial attributes must be addressed in order to investigate the chemical and […]


Elena Jakubikova Presents: Earth-abundant solar cells: Can iron complexes serve as photosensitizers in DSSCs?

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Photoactive transition metal complexes anchored to semiconductor surfaces play an important role as chromophores in artificial systems for solar energy conversion, such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Fe(II)-polypyridines share many properties with Ru(II)-polypyridines, which have been successfully used as photosensitizers in DSSCs. Visible light excitation in both types of compounds results in the population of […]

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Chemistry on the Silver Screen: ACS Program in a Box

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry B202


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Kyle Ruhl Presents: Non-Metal Catalysis for C-C Bond Formation

Monday February 23rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik Presents: Green Sulfur Bacteria: Nature’s Photon Junkie

Friday February 20th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Green Sulfur Bacteria is an early organism that can thrive at very low light conditions. It has an unique photosynthetic apparatus that transfers energy efficiently to the reaction center that is responsible to begin the chemical reactions to support life. The antenna complex, called Chlorosome is composed of up to a quarter million self-assembled bacteriochlorophylls. […]

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Erin Stuckert Presents: Plasma Modified SnO2 Nanomaterials for Enhanced Gas Sensing

Wednesday February 18th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Toxic gas emissions (CO, NOx, benzene, etc) continue to persist in spite of and as a result of technological advances. These gases are present in homes and businesses, resulting in numerous adverse health effects including cancer and respiratory illnesses. As both short-term and prolonged exposure can negatively impact health, it is necessary to quickly and […]

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Ilya Zharov Presents: Functional Nanoporous Membranes via Nanoparticle Assembly

Tuesday February 17th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Joel Kirner Presents: Solar energy conversion and storage: Investigation of two strategies using inexpensive materials

Friday February 13th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In the face of a growing global population and economy, the demand for energy is ever-rising; expected to double by the year 2050. In order to fill this energy demand while also reducing both consumption of nonrenewable fossil fuels and emission of greenhouse gases, we need to supplement energy feedstocks with alternative sources. Therefore, it […]

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Jeramy Jasmann Presents: Electrolytic Degradation of Aqueous Contaminants – Catalyzed by Novel Titanium Dioxide Pellets

Wednesday February 11th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Improvements in analytical techniques have exposed the widespread abundance and potential carcinogenic risk of groundwater and wastewater contaminated with 1,4-dioxane1. A new groundwater treatment technology is needed for this organic pollutant that is both effective and more economical than currently applied processes2. Improper waste disposal and accidental solvent releases, combined with 1,4-dioxane being resistant to […]

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Sung Hi Jo Presents: A Metallofullerene Electron Donor that Powers an Efficient Spin Flip in a Linear Electron Donor-Acceptor Conjugate

Tuesday February 10th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Rudolf, M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 11165-11174.


Ryan Shenvi Presents: Chemical Synthesis of Secondary Metabolites

Monday February 9th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


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Prof. Anne B. McCoy Presents: Understanding spectral signatures of large amplitude vibrations and hydrogen-bonding through studies of the vibrational spectroscopy of solvated ion complexes

Thursday February 5th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In this talk, I will discuss recent work in our group in which we made connections between proton transfer processes and hydrogen bonding and vibrational frequencies and intensities. Due to the large amplitude motions associated with proton transfer along a hydrogen bond, the vibrational spectra of these systems contain features that cannot be understood by […]

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Marcus Tofanelli Presents: Jahn-Teller Distortions in Superatomic Metal Clusters

Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Tim Swager Presents: Molecular Electronics for Chemical Sensors

Monday February 2nd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Lilly Distinguished Lecturer   This lecture will detail the creation of ultrasensitive sensors based on electronically active conjugated polymers (CPs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). A central concept that a single nano- or molecular-wire spanning between two electrodes would create an exceptional sensor if binding of a molecule of interest to it would block all electronic […]

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Mary Marisa Presents: Kinetics of Anion Exchanges in Layered Double Hydroxides

Thursday January 29th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Layered double hydroxides (LDHs), generally described by the formula M2+1-xM3+x(OH)2A–nn/x • y H2O where A is some anion that is hosted within the interlayer spacing of the compound, have been used for a variety of applications.1-3 As pharmaceutical agents, these materials are desirable due to their high level of biocompatibility as well as the ability […]

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Karlee Castro Presents: Isolation, Characterization, and Applications of Small Molecule Electron Acceptors

Wednesday January 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Organic semiconductors have aroused significant research interest and been successfully commercialized, yet there remains an unmet need for n-type organic semiconductors that are air-stable under operating conditions.1 Air-stability is hampered by reactions of reduced species with oxygen.2 Chang et al. reviewed device performance literature and used density-functional theory to calculate the gas-phase electron affinity (EA) […]


Xiang Wang Presents: Bio-Inspired Synthesis of Functional Molecules

Monday January 26th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Andrew Martinolich Presents: Detection of Non-equilibrium Phases in LiFePO4 Battery Cathodes Using in situ X-ray Diffraction

Friday January 23rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Lithium iron phosphate has been under intense scrutiny as a potential battery cathode material due to its ability to cycle very quickly, despite its apparent two-phase (that is, only present as either FePO4 or LiFePO4) lithium intercalation mechanism.1,2 This is contrast to other high rate cycling cathode materials that proceed through a solid-solution intercalation mechanism, […]

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Eric Lauzon Presents: Light Induced Healing of Wearable Electronics

Friday January 23rd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The history of electronics and Moore’s law inform us that electronic/computing devices will consistently become smaller, lighter and more portable1. The future of electronics includes integrated biomedical devices that can be worn directly on the skin or even sub-dermally. In order to facilitate the development and implementation of these and other future devices (including robotics, […]

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Russell B. Davidson Presents: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Used to Investigate Prebiotic Chemistry

Thursday January 22nd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The chemical origins of life on Earth date back approximately 3.5 billion years. During this time period in Earth’s history, a process of prebiotic chemical evolution was sparked, where small biologically inactive molecules reacted to form biologically active polymers and, eventually, the simple cell. Seminal work in the 1950’s showed that the simplest amino acid, […]


Professor Graham F. Peaslee Presents: Ion Beam Analysis for Screening Consumer Products

Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Various ion beam analysis techniques have been used with small accelerators for decades, especially Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) spectroscopy and Rutherford BackScattering (RBS) spectroscopy.  These typically non-destructive analytical techniques allow the measurement of elemental composition and layer thickness on the surface of almost any solid target. We have been expanding the repertoire of samples studied by these […]

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Christopher Kuhs Presents: Localizing Light in Photonic Crystals for Improved Photocatalytic Reactions

Wednesday December 10th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Photocatalytic processes such as photocurrent generation in dye-sensitized solar cells and photodecomposition of organic pollutants are the subject of numerous scientific investigations.1,2,3 The primary driving force in these reactions is the absorption of light by a catalyst or a substrate adsorbed to a catalysis surface.4 In some case, light absorption creates electron-hole pairs which drive […]

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Maria Phillips Presents: Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Combining Chemical Sensitivity with Spatial Resolution

Thursday December 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

There have been recent advances in combining the field of imaging with chemical specificity. Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) is one of the techniques that combines the two, and will be the main technique presented on. TERS is a notable improvement on this field because it overcomes the diffraction limit that has previously hampered the combination […]


Joan-Emma Shea Presents: Effect of surfaces in modulating protein folding and aggregation mechanisms

Thursday December 4th, 2014 at 12:00 PM in MRB 312

Protein-surface interactions are ubiquitous in the crowded cytosol, where proteins encounter a variety of surfaces, ranging from membranes surfaces, to the surfaces presented by chaperone molecules. Protein-surface interactions are also at the heart of a number of emerging technologies, including protein micro-arrays, biosensors and biomaterials. The effect of surfaces on protein structure and stability can […]

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Erika J. Sutor Presents: Breaking Down the Assumptions in Quantification in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Thursday November 20th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is a well-established atomic emission spectroscopy technique that has seen a variety of field applications, including extraterrestrial soil analysis via the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover. While qualitative analysis for LIBS has been firmly established, Curiosity is limited to semi-quantitative analysis with their current method, Partial Least-Squares Regression (PLSR).[1] Another growing […]

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Colorado – Wyoming Joint Local ACS Section Meeting

Monday November 17th, 2014 at 5:30 PM in CSU Lory Student Center - Grey Rock Room

Colorado – Wyoming Joint Local Section Meeting We are excited to highlight research from two Colorado State University Chemistry faculty members. Professor Jamie Neilson will present, “Achieving Materials By Design through Solid-State Metathesis: Kinetic Intermediates and Polymorph Selection” To prepare a “material by design” is a paradigm towards which we strive in solid-state and materials […]

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J. Pamela Yapor Presents: Bioinspired Superhydrophobic Coatings with Self-Healing Properties

Friday November 14th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Inspired by nature, synthetic self-healing materials have attracted much attention in the scientific and industrial communities.1 Great advancements have been achieved in the fabrication of materials with prolonged lifespans due to self-healing properties. Furthermore, this can be combined with other surface features, such as superhydrphobicity to reduce degradation caused by water.2 Recent developments have introduced […]

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Megan Neufeld Presents: A novel approach toward the advancement of stimulus-responsive materials for biomedical applications

Friday November 14th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In the continuing effort for advancements in the medical field, a major goal of the biomaterials community is to create materials with dynamic responses that exhibit biomimetic properties.1-3 Recently, protein hydrogels have emerged as a class of materials being examined due to their ability to be synthesized with desired properties.4 Herein is presented, a novel […]

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Professor Keith Nelson Presents: Nonlinear Terahertz Spectroscopy of Every Phase of Matter

Thursday November 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In recent years it has become possible to generate intense pulses of light in the terahertz (THz) frequency range, in between the microwave and infrared regions. These frequencies match those of crystal lattice vibrations and molecular rotations as well as some low-energy electronic transitions. However, strong THz fields can drive a wide range of nonlinear […]

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Sung Hi Jo Presents: A Metallofullerene Electron Donor that Powers an Efficient Spin Flip in a Linear Electron Donor-Acceptor Conjugate

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Rudolf, M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 11165-11174.

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Estela Magallanes Presents: In vitro studies of lanthanide complexes for the treatment of osteoporosis

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Mawani,Y; Cawthray, C.F.; Chang, S.; Sachs-Barrable, K.; Weekes, D.M.; Wasan, K.M.; Orvig, C. In vitro studies of osteoporosis. Dalton Trans 2013, 42, 5999-6011.


Vern Schramm Presents: Enzymatic Transition States, Protein Dynamics and Drug Design

Thursday November 6th, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in Lory Student Center - Grey Rock Room


Ramesh Jasti Presents: The Bottom-Up Organic Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes

Monday November 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101



Professor Alenka Luzar Presents: Small is Beautiful, and Smart: Reversible Control of Nanoscale Hydration

Thursday October 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

As accessible experimental length scales become shorter, the modification of interfacial properties of water due to nanopatterned surface topography, functionalization, or electric field, must come to grips with novel effects existing at the nanoscale. The talk will review our theoretical and molecular simulation works that predict and elucidate thermodynamic driving forces and kinetic factors pertinent […]

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Chem Club Halloween

Thursday October 30th, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Chemistry Lobby

Come join us for a night of spooky fun in the Chemistry lobby. Come visit our booths filled with slime, bubbles, bugs, snakes, face painting and more!  

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Christine Fukami Presents: Quantification of Particle-Phase Short-Chain Alkyl Amines in Atmospheric Samples

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Organic nitrogen is omnipresent in the atmosphere and is emitted from both anthropogenic and biogenic sources. It is important to study because it has implications for the environment as well as for human health. Despite this fact, organic nitrogen is poorly characterized in the atmosphere with regards to concentrations, sources, and sinks. This is due […]

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Cheryle Beuning Presents: Analytical techniques used to characterize copper chelating bis(8-amino)quinolines for use in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to an overall loss of quality of life including memory loss, dementia, and ultimately death.1 It is widely accepted that the disease does not have a single causative pathology, however, most patients are observed to have plaques on the hippocampus of the brain.1 These plaques contain amorphous […]

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Professor David Jonas Presents: Shared Vibrations: How Photosynthetic Light Harvesting Approaches 100% Efficiency

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In photosynthesis, light is harvested by antenna proteins that can transfer the electronic excitation energy to a reaction center with near unit quantum efficiency.  The remarkable efficiency of these energy transfer processes has been a mystery for over 50 years, and recent two-dimensional (2D) spectroscopy experiments have found signatures attributed to electronic coherence; it is […]

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Michelle Mann Presents: Moving Beyond the Upper Bounds of Permeability and Selectivity: Membrane-based Post-Combustion CO2 Separation

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change, and much of this carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere from the combustion of fossil fuels. To reduce carbon dioxide emissions, energy efficient processes must be used to remove CO2 from post-combustion gases. Current methods for post combustion CO2 removal, like amine […]

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Jaruwan Mettakoonpitak Presents: Time-Dependent Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Devices (mPADs)

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (mPADs) are sensing platforms created on paper substrates that are attractive as low-cost point-of-care diagnostics. In mPADs, fluidic pathways are created by patterning a hydrophobic material onto paper, which constrains fluid movement to specific channels. Aqueous solutions move easily through paper via capillary action removing the need for external pumps.(1) Tests […]


Professor Marc A. Hillmyer Presents: Sustainable Block Polymers: Sophisticated Materials from Renewable Resources

Friday October 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sustainable block polymers hold much promise as tomorrow’s advanced macromolecular materials. In this presentation I will describe our work aimed at the development of next-generation polymers that (i) can be produced from renewable resources on large scale, (ii) can be incorporated in block polymers with precision control over molar mass and composition, and (iii) exhibit properties that can […]

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Josh Blechle Presents: Investigating the Plasma Based Control of Nitrogen Oxide Systems

Thursday October 16th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

With increasing concerns over the environmental presence of nitrogen oxides, there is growing interest in utilizing plasma-assisted conversion techniques. Advances, however, have been cut short due to a lack of knowledge in regards to the fundamental chemistry of these plasma systems, which is vital to these applications. Specifically, the partitioning of energy within the plasma […]

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Bella Neufeld Presents: The Detection and Imaging of Nitric Oxide in Living Cells Using Ratiometric Fluorescent Sensing

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Nitric oxide (NO) is a biologically-relevant small molecule that naturally exists in cells and has been known to contribute to many beneficial biochemical processes, including vasodilation and neurotransmission.1 Due to its high reactivity and short half-life, the detection and subsequent imaging of NO is analytically challenging in order to achieve selectivity, sensitivity, and accuracy in […]

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Matt Jones Presents: Tuning the Optical Properties of Silicon Quantum Dots for Solar Energy Applications

Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at 5:00 PM in Chemistry A101

 Li, Huashan; Wu, Zhigang; Zhou, Tianlei; Sellinger, Alan; Lusk, Mark T. Tailoring the Optical Gap of Silicon Quantum Dots without Changing Their Size. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 19275-19281.  DOI: 10.1039/c4cp03042g 

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Nick DeWeerd Presents: Surface chemistry of carbon coated LiFePO4 nanoparticles for Lithium ion battery cathodes

Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Wang, J.; Yang, J.; Tang, Y.; Liu, J.; Zhang, Y.; Liang, G.; Gauthier, M.; Karen Chen-Wiegart, Y.-c.; Norouzi Banis, M.; Li, X.; Li, R.; Wang, J.; Sham, T. K.; Sun, X. Nat Commun 2014, 5.


Larry Hamann Presents: Developing Synthetic Methods to Enable Drug Discovery

Monday October 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Bruce Ellsworth Presents: Retrosynthesis drives discovery; vignettes on the interplay between Discovery and Process Chemistry

Monday October 13th, 2014 at 5:20 PM in Chemistry A101

Medicinal Chemistry Symposium


Wendel Doubleday Presents: Recent Advances in ADC Therapy Development

Monday October 13th, 2014 at 4:40 PM in Chemistry A101

Medicinal Chemistry Symposium

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Professor Jonathan Abbatt Presents: The Chemistry of Carbonaceous Aerosol: From the Tailpipe to the High Arctic

Wednesday October 8th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Carbonaceous aerosol consists of small organic- and elemental-carbon containing particles suspended in air.  The particles are important both climatically and for human health concerns.  This talk will address three topics.  It will start with a discussion of the mixing state of soot particles in an urban environment, asking the question of whether the elemental carbon […]

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Scott Folkman Presents: Nanoscale anisotropic etching of single crystalline silicon: top down synthesis of 3D fractal molds enroute to potentially functional materials

Friday October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

 Anisotropic etching is a chemical phenomenon where the different reactivity of exposed surfaces on various crystal planes leads to geometric control of an etched crystalline substrate. For example, the exposed facets of silicon etch at different rates, which means that certain etchants produce specific geometric features, such as square pyramidal pits on a flat [100] […]

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Annalise Maughan Presents: The Effect of Eu Local Structure on Photoluminescence of Eu-doped Sr/Ba Oxonitridosilicate Phosphors for White Light Emitting Diodes: Why You Should Sweat the Small Stuff

Friday October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are an attractive alternative to widely-used incandescent and fluorescent lighting options, due to the fact that LEDs exhibit long operating lifetimes and require low power consumption. In order to facilitate the incorporation of LEDs into soft lighting applications such as home lighting, the color of light emitted must be carefully tuned to […]


Olaf Wiest Presents: Computational Predictions of Stereoselectivity

Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Rebecca Miller Presents: Tin Selenide: The Ugly Duckling of Thermoelectrics

Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Olafs Daugulis Presents: Regioselective Functionalization of sp2 and sp3 C-H Bonds

Monday September 15th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Professor David Cliffel Presents: Electrochemical Nanobiotechnology: Future Promises for Medicine and Energy

Wednesday September 10th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The major theme in my research group is the application of new methods of analytical chemistry to address problems in nanotechnology and medicine.  Problems of interest to our group include solar energy conversion, vaccine development, and drug toxicity.  To address each of these three areas, we have analytical projects that explore the activity of photosynthetic […]

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Wayne Hess Presents: Photoemission Electron Microscopy of Plasmonic Metal Nanostructures

Thursday September 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Localized surface plasmons can induce optical field enhancement on rough metal surfaces, nanoparticles, or designed nanostructures. The resulting intense localized fields have a multitude of applications including surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), chemical sensors, photovoltaics, medicine and photonic circuits. We directly interrogate optical field enhancement on nanoparticles and nanostructures using femtosecond laser pulses and photoemission […]


Thomas McCarthy Presents: Silicon, Silica and Silicones

Monday August 25th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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JS300 NMR Scheduled Outage August 1st – August 4th

Monday August 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in JS300 - Chemistry 3rd Floor

The JS300 NMR will be down from Friday early morning August 1 through August 4 for a scheduled upgrade to the console and data system.  The new software will be familiar to users of other CIF NMRs and so, for example, will require that all users have their own VnmrJ operator account established.  For more […]

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Todd Steson, Jim Talkington, and Mark Smith Presents: Nitrogen Safety & Safe Handling

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 at 3:00pm in Chemistry A101

Airgas will present an information session on Nitrogen Safety & Safe Handling.  The presentation will include a short video followed by a discussion and Q&A.  

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Professor Bogdan Kuchta Presents: Hydrogen Storage in Porous Materials: A Theoretical Perspective

Thursday June 19th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry B202

In recent years, great emphasis has been placed on renewable energy for use in vehicles. One potential solution is the use of hydrogen gas as a fuel source to power fuel cells. For vehicular use, the US Department of Energy has identified as a major challenge the design of a hydrogen storage system capable of […]


Thomas W. Patapoff, Ph.D. Presents: Materials Summer School Keynote: Use of Multiple Analytical Techniques to Better Understand the Origins of High Viscosity Biopharmaceutical Products

Friday June 6th, 2014 at 9:00 AM in Chemistry A101

Abstract:  Materials analysis is a very broad field in terms of material types and methods of analysis.  The methods and interpretation of the data is less complex if the interactions between atoms/molecules of the tested material are persistent on the timescale of the analysis.  Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) contribute to a very large fraction of the […]

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Shuo (Kelvin) Feng Presents: Graphene Based Materials as Capacitive Deionization Electrodes for Desalination

Friday May 9th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Among many desalination technologies, capacitive deionization (CDI) is a promising fresh water production method due to its energy efficiency compared with conventional processes such as reverse osmosis and multistage flash distillation.1,2 In the CDI technology, electrosorption and desorption processes are two key processes and mainly dependent on the physical properties of the electrode material, such […]

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Brendan Smouse Presents: Studying How Plant Monoterpene Emission is Affected by Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations

Wednesday May 7th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry B202

   Changes in global temperature attributed to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration ([CO2]) are projected to affect ecosystem health, sea levels, and weather patterns. One factor that can result in a negative climate feedback effect is the formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOAs). These aerosols are formed from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that, when oxidized, […]

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Stephen Gatlin Presents: Selective Mammalian Fluorescent Sensors for Copper Imaging

Wednesday May 7th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry B202

   Copper is an essential biometal that functions as a cofactor in many biochemical pathways 1-4. However, excess copper can be toxic. Abnormal copper levels can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, prion diseases, Menkes disease and Wilson’s disease1,2,3. Although it is well known how copper functions in the body3, the […]

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Professor Douglas L. Gin Presents: Recent Advances in the Design of Nanoporous, Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Polymer Membranes for Enhanced Separation and Transport Applications

Friday May 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The ability to fabricate porous polymer membrane materials that can separate molecular mixtures cleanly based solely on differences in molecular size or shape is a long-sought-after goal in membrane science.  The design of ordered polymers with uniform, nanometer-scale pores based on cross-linked lyotropic (i.e., surfactant or amphiphilic) liquid crystals (LLCs) for molecular size-selective separations of […]

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Jenee Cyran Presents: Exploring Self-Assembled Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) with 2D IR Spectroscopy

Thursday May 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can occur naturally in coal and crude oil, as well as, be synthesized as solar dyes for photovoltaic devices.  The conjugated ring system of PAHs allows for π-stacking interactions to occur, which can drive nanoaggregation in solution.  Asphaltene aggregation is an example seen in geochemical processes.  The aggregation of PAHs can […]

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Nicholas White Presents: Asymmetric Catalytic CuII Couplings: A Proposal

Wednesday April 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Laura L. Anderson Presents: Synthetic Versatility of N–O Bond Rearrangements

Monday April 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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J. Michael Ramsey, HACH Distinguished Lecturer Presents: Micro- and Nanofabricated Chemical Measurement Technology

Thursday April 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The first report of micromachined devices that emulate the functions of laboratory chemical instrumentation, i.e., the silicon gas chromatograph (GC) occurred over three decades ago.  Due largely to the modest performance of these early devices, further developments in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based chemical instrumentation were slow to materialize.  Microfabricated fluidic devices that accomplished chemical measurement […]

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Jaclyn Adkins Presents: Development of Electrochemical Paper-Based Analytical Devices (ePADs) to Meet Inexpensive Biosensor Diagnostic Needs

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The need for low-cost point-of-care diagnostics and environmental monitoring devices has spurred research to develop easy-to-use lab-on-a-chip technologies that provide the user with a rapid and easy to interpret response.  One of the only platforms that can meet the extremely low cost requirements is paper.  Paper is easily accessible, modified, disposed of and simple to […]


Professor Gregory A. Voth Presents: Proton Transport in Aqueous and Biomolecular Systems: Insights and Surprises from Computer Simulation

Thursday April 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The hydrated excess proton plays a critical role in many areas of chemistry, biology, and materials science. Despite playing the central role in fundamental chemical (e.g., acid-base) and biological (e.g., bioenergetics) processes, the nature of the excess proton remains mysterious, surprising, and sometimes misunderstood. In this lecture my group’s longstanding efforts to characterize proton solvation […]

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Thomas Ni Presents: The Structural Basis of Ligand Exchange on Gold Nanoclusters

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Professor John C. Price Presents: Measuring in vivo protein dynamics and concentration to monitor proteostasis

Wednesday April 9th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Life is by definition dynamic.  Living cells are constantly synthesizing and catabolizing molecules.  Effective antimicrobial strategies include inhibiting either synthesis or degradation of protein, suggesting that this constant flux of biomolecules is critical to cell viability.  We have developed methods to measure flux of protein and other molecules in vivo, by measuring the in vivo replacement […]


Professor Douglas Tobias Presents: Making Sense of Voltage Sensing by Voltage-Gated Ion Channels

Thursday April 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Electrical signals (action potentials) in excitable tissues such as nerves and muscles are generated by the synchronized opening and closing of ion channels in cell membranes, which generate transient gradients in transmembrane concentration of sodium and potassium ions. These channels open and close in response to local changes in transmembrane potential as the signal propagates, […]

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Kevin Whitcomb Presents: Single Molecule Techniques to Study Interactions in Small Clusters of Quantum Dots

Thursday March 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots) have promising uses in applications that utilized high densities, or otherwise close proximity quantum dots, such as photovoltaics1, lasing2, and fluorescence microscopy3. It is possible for interactions between quantum dots, such as excited state energy transfer, to influence the function or interpretation of performance in these devices/applications. For this reason, we […]


Jenifer C. Braley Presents: Actinide Separation Advances: Improving the Security and Efficiency of Next Generation Nuclear Fuel Cycles

Tuesday March 25th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Among other desirable features, a nuclear fuel cycle should include efficient actinide partitioning and transmutation (P&T) strategies, appropriatenuclear forensics protocols for actionable intelligence and layers of proliferation resistance to minimize the need for actionable intelligence.   Actinide separations, both industrial and analytical scale, can serve to advance technology in each of the aforementioned areas.  One area […]

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Collette MIdkiff Presents: Natural Transition Orbitals: Giving Physical Insight to Orbitals with Applications in Photocatalysis

Thursday March 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

 Photocatalysis is a growing field in chemistry due to photocatalysts’ innate ability to harness energy from visible light, to drive thermodynamically or kinetically unfavorable reactions.1 Applications of photocatalysts range from organic synthesis to liquid fuel generation from CO2. Ruthenium(II) tris(2,2’-bipyridine) ([Ru(bpy)3]2+) has been studied extensively as a photocatalyst due to its chemical stability, broad absorption […]


Professor Jason Dwyer Presents: Liquid electron microscopy and nanopore sensing: Two portals to the molecular world

Wednesday March 12th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The ability to probe nanoscale structure and interaction is essential to understanding the molecular world and to subsequently developing applications. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has proven to be a tremendously powerful tool for revealing the nanoscale structure of fixed samples, but the ability to directly probe native structures in solution and to probe solution structural […]


Doug Stephan Presents: Recent Advances in Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry

Tuesday March 11th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Dow Lecture on Sustainable Chemistry

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Jeremy May Presents: Synthetic Discoveries from Polycyclic Natural Products

Monday March 10th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Prof. Marsha I. Lester Presents: Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Photochemistry of Criegee Intermediates

Thursday February 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Ozonolysis of alkenes in the troposphere proceeds through Criegee intermediates, or carbonyl oxides, which have only recently been detected in the gas phase.  This laboratory has focused on the production of the simplest (CH2OO) and several alkyl-substituted Criegee intermediates in a pulsed supersonic expansion, and then utilizes VUV photoionization at 118 nm and UV-induced ground-state […]

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David Nicewicz Presents: Organic Photoredox Catalysis: Methods and Mechanistic Insight

Monday February 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Prof. Christopher Elles Presents: Controlling the ultrafast reaction dynamics of a photochromic molecular switch

Thursday February 20th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

We use ultrafast laser pulses to study and control the excited-state dynamics of a photochromic molecular switch. This compound undergoes a reversible electrocyclization reaction that dramatically changes the electronic and optical properties of the molecule. Our experiments probe the non-adiabatic dynamics of both the forward and reverse reactions. For example, we use a pump-repump-probe technique […]

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John B. Wydallis Presents: Spatiotemporal Molecular Mapping of Biological Systems Utilizing Microfluidics and Electrochemical Methods

Wednesday February 19th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Molecular gradients drive a multitude of biological processes including phenomena such as chemotaxis,1 neuronal growth, and ovulation.2 These biological gradients can be probed using techniques including fluorescence microscopy, mass spectrometry, and electrochemistry.1 Challenges still exist in our ability to image these chemical gradients including the types of molecules that can be observed, the spatial and […]


Josef Michl Presents: CB11 carboranes: recent advances and applications

Tuesday February 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Boulder Scientific


Prof. David T. Moore Presents: Matrix Isolation FTIR Spectroscopy of Anionic Copper Complexes Stabilized via Co-deposition of Explicit Counter-cations: Opening up New Avenues of Inquiry Using an Old Technique

Thursday February 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Matrix isolation spectroscopy was first developed by Pimentel in the 1950’s to facilitate spectroscopic studies of transient species.[1]  Cryogenic matrices of condensed rare gases provide an inert chemical environment with facile energy dissipation and are transparent at all wavelengths longer than vacuum UV, making them ideal for studying labile and reactive species such as radicals, […]

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Long San Presents: A “Mohawk” Fullerene With a Competitive Nature

Wednesday February 12th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Fullerenes and fullerene derivatives have attracted much attention due to their interesting optical, physical, and electronic properties. For example, further chemical elaborations of fullerenes possessing cyclo‐adducts (i.e., phenyl‐C61‐butyric acid methyl ester, PCBM,1 and mono‐indene-C60, ICMA2) have shown promising use in photovoltaic energy conversion. Mono‐hydrofullerenes, C60RH, were shown as effective synthons for novel molecules3 with interesting […]


Dan Seidel Presents: Redox-Neutral C–H Functionalization of Amines

Monday February 10th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Lilly

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Professor Jan Kubelka Presents: Protein Folding Studied with 13C Isotopically Edited Infrared Spectroscopy

Thursday February 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Understanding how proteins fold is one of the most important unsolved problems in molecular biophysics. The obstacles for elucidating the folding mechanism arise from the complexity of protein structures and structural transitions, which are difficult to characterize using standard experimental methods. To address these challenges, we focus on the simplest possible helical proteins – helix-turn-helix […]

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Prof. Nathalie A. Wall Presents: Aspects of Technetium Chemistry for Nuclear Waste Management

Wednesday February 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

As part of the 6% of the 99 isobar for thermal fission yield of each uranium-235 and plutonium-239, technetium presents a significant problem for nuclear waste management, particularly for contaminated site remediation.  The highly soluble and environmentally mobile Tc(VII) (as pertechnetate oxyanion, TcO4–) is the most stable Tc species under natural oxic conditions, in spite […]


Jeffrey Moore Presents: Polymer Mechanochemistry and Self-Healing Materials

Monday February 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Organic Syntheses


Ross Larsen Presents: Challenges in computational material design for organic photovoltaic active layer materials: From molecular electronic structure to film morphology

Thursday January 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Organic photovolataic devices have seen remarkable gains in power conversion efficiency (PCE) over the last four years, with reported efficiencies for laboratory-scale devices approaching and exceeding 10% with increasing regularity. Much of the improvement can be attributed to improved active layer materials that simultaneously have low band gaps, so as to absorb more light from […]

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Professor Franco Basile Presents: New Strategies for Rapid and Reproducible Sample Preparation in Biological Mass Spectrometry

Wednesday January 29th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In the area of Mass Spectrometry (MS) advances in instrumentation have outpaced developments in sample preparation techniques.  Thus, it is common to encounter experimental procedures where a biological sample needs to be pre-processed for several hours or days in order to be analyzed by a 10 min MS measurement.  This situation becomes more critical in […]

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Eric Strieter Presents: Understanding Ubiquitin Signaling Using Chemical Tools

Monday January 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Kathryn Tracy Presents: Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG)

Thursday January 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In order to resolve the action in any fast event, it is required that the window you are sampling be narrower than the window of the event of interest.  This becomes a problem when the event that needs to be measured is an ultrashort light pulse.  These pulses are on the order of a few […]

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Brynson Lehmkuhl Presents: Coupling Microfluidics with IR Spectroscopy for the Real Time Investigation of Chemical Systems

Wednesday January 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The development of microfluidics has extended the range of techniques available for chemical and biological analysis by introducing novel methods with a variety of advantages.1 Microfluidic  fabrication methods are simple and low cost, using polymers or silicon materials as the substrate. Photolithography has allowed the manufacturer to have complete control over the design of the […]


Sunney Xie Presents: Life at the Single Molecule Level

Thursday January 16th, 2014 at Noon in MRB 312

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Kerry Rippy Presents: Synthesizing Quantum Confined Nanocrystalline Semiconductors for Maximum Charge Carrier Multiplication

Tuesday December 3rd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Abstract: Maximizing carrier multiplication in nanocrystalline semiconductors by manipulating physical properties including composition, shape, and surface functionalization is currently an active area of research. Charge carrier multiplication, also known as multiple exciton generation, is the process whereby a single photon with sufficient energy may excite more than one electron in a semiconductor. This results in […]

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Dr. Corey Bloom Presents: Amorphous Solid Dispersions for Delivery of Low Solubility Drugs

Friday November 22nd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Approximately 60% to 70% of drug molecules in pharmaceutical development programs today suffer from low solubility, and thus low and variable oral absorption.  Amorphous spray dried dispersions (SDDs) have emerged as a broadly applicable technology to improve delivery of these poorly soluble drug molecules.  Methods for formulating and predicting the physical stability of amorphous dispersions […]


Javier Vela Presents: Molecular control of nanoscale composition, morphology and function: From compositionally graded nanorods to surface doped quantum dots

Tuesday November 19th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Part I. The exact composition, size and morphology of semiconductor nanocrystals precisely determine their opto-electronic properties (band gap, exciton lifetime and decay pathways, carrier mobility). While researching the synthesis of binary CdE nanocrystals and their ternary CdE-CdE’ alloys (E, E’ = S, Se), we found that the relative ease of formation of different nanocrystalline phases […]


Jeffrey Johnson Presents: On the Merits of Pursuing Stereoerrors in Natural Product Synthesis

Monday November 18th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: BMS

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Jarid M. Metz Presents: Tuning Silica Aerogel Backbones for Enhanced Mechanical and Physical Properties for Space Applications

Friday November 15th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Silica aerogels have been realized as exceptional thermal insulating materials.1 However, the brittle nature of these materials has rendered them unattractive for many potential applications.  Improving the mechanical properties of these systems is extremely desired.  Polymer reinforcement of silica aerogels has recently shown promising progress in affording stronger and more flexible aerogels.  Many polymer systems […]

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Prof. Andrew Marcus Presents: Studies of Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecular Complexes by Single Molecule and Two-Dimensional Fluorescence Spectroscopy (2DFS)

Thursday November 14th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Local soft interactions between proteins, nucleic acids, sugars and lipids greatly influence the properties of biological macromolecules, affecting biomolecular complex stability, as well as the barriers to their function. Using two-dimensional fluorescence spectroscopy, we have determined three-dimensional shapes, or local conformations, adopted by electronically coupled molecular dimers in biological systems. Our studies probing square-shaped metal […]

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Trey Murschell Presents: Isoprene Secondary Organic Aerosol Intermediates: Reliable or Operationally Defined Results

Wednesday November 13th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Isoprene is the largest non-methane hydrocarbon biogenic emission, contributing 500 Tg of carbon per year to the overall carbon budget of the atmosphere.1 Subsequently, isoprene plays an important role in the growth of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). SOA are of considerable importance due to significant human health and climate impacts. However, the role of isoprene […]

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Ellen Daugherty Presents: A new mass spectrometry technique for the molecular characterization of organic matter at mineral interface

Wednesday November 13th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Soil organic matter (SOM) comprises a huge pool of global carbon, three times that stored in the atmosphere or terrestrial vegetation.1 As a complex mixture of natural organic molecules, SOM plays an important role in the global cycling and local availability of nutrients, as well as in the fate and transport of both organic and […]


Curtis Berlinguette Presents: Strategic Design of Chromophores to Clarify Key Reactions Steps in the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

Tuesday November 12th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Triarylamine-appended bis(tridentate) cycloruthenated chromophores are capable of producing high power conversion efficiencies in the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC).1,2  This class of dyestuff offers unprecedented control of intramolecular electron transfer at TiO2 surfaces, which has revealed new insights into the undesirable interfacial recombination reaction of the injected electrons with the oxidized compounds, including a significant enhancement […]


Chris Lima Presents: Processing and decay by the RNA exosome

Thursday November 7th, 2013 at Noon in MRB 312

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Professor Eric Potma Presents: Coherent Raman Scattering in the Single Molecule Limit

Thursday November 7th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Single molecules spectroscopy experiments have led to important new insights in molecular dynamics. In particular, information about the conformational motions of individual molecules can be extracted from fluctuations in the fluorescence response, on timescales down to tens of microseconds. Faster timescales, which are relevant to the vibrations of molecular bonds, have so far remained out […]

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Clark Landis Presents: Enantioselective Hydroformylation Catalysts: Synthesis, Applications, and Mechanism

Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Critical attributes of green chemical processes include high atom economy, catalytic use of expensive reagents, selectivity, building complexity from simplicity, and simple separations.  Enantioselective hydroformylation — by which enantiopure transition metal complexes selectively catalyze the conversion of simple alkenes, dihydrogen, and carbon monoxide into chiral aldehydes — possesses many of these attributes.  Our construction of […]

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Dan Agocs Presents: The Effect of Point Defects on Piezoelectric One-Dimensional Zinc Oxide Nanostructures

Friday November 1st, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

  Piezoelectric materials, which transfer mechanical to electrical energy (and vice versa), are ubiquitous in everyday life finding uses in a wide array of applications ranging from inkjet printers to loudspeakers. Currently, the field is headed in two major directions: finding lead-free alternatives to lead zirconate titanate, and nanoscaling piezoelectric materials to improve their properties. […]

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Christian Collins Presents: Magnetic Heating of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

Thursday October 31st, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) are useful for many biomedical applications including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), targeted drug delivery and hyperthermia1.  Local hyperthermia, the remote generation of localized heat, is potentially the most significant of these applications. It may revolutionize cancer treatment through thermal destruction of cancer cells in malignant tumors without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue2. […]

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Chelsey Crosse Presents: Probing Electronic Structures Using High Harmonic Generation Tomography

Thursday October 24th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

      The electronic structure dictates the chemical properties of all molecules, but until recently our understanding of molecular electronic structure through molecular orbitals has relied on purely mathematical constructions. However, recent developments in high harmonic generation (HHG) tomography have permitted visualization of molecular orbitals with unprecedented ångstrom resolution. Using the interaction of high intensity, low […]

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Prof. Paul Ziemann Presents: Comprehensive Laboratory Studies of the Chemistry of Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation

Wednesday October 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Laboratory studies provide much of the fundamental data on reaction kinetics, products, and mechanisms that are needed to achieve a deep understanding of atmospheric chemistry and to develop detailed and accurate models that are used to establish air quality regulations and to predict the effects of human activities on global climate. In this talk I […]


Bob Grubbs Presents: Design and applications of selective olefin metathesis catalysts

Friday October 18th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Melissa M. Reynolds Presents: Evaluation of Metal Organic Frameworks and Polymers as Nitric Oxide Biomaterials

Wednesday October 16th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

A prevailing challenge in biomaterials research is controlling interactions at the interface between a synthetic material and the surrounding physiological milieu.  When considering medical device applications, this biointerface governs whether or not a medical device will integrate into the body in a healthy manner.  When medical devices are placed, surface interactions are complicated by damage […]


Ming Hammond Presents: Privileged RNA scaffolds for in vivo function

Monday October 14th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Collette Midkiff Presents: Time Dependent Density Functional Theory to Illuminate the Excited State Properties of Retinal

Thursday October 10th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Biochromophores are an important class of molecules that are responsible for absorption of visible light, catalyzing many biological processes. Protonated Schiff-base retinal is the biochromophore of the visual pigment rhodopsin in the vertebrate eye. Rhodopsin is an extensively studied G protein-coupled receptor protein that lies on the membrane of the rod cells in the retina […]

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Professor Huiwang Ai Presents: Fluorescent Tools for Cell Redox Signaling and a Click-Type Bioconjugation Reaction

Wednesday October 9th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Redox-active molecules such as hydrogen sulfide and several reactive oxidative species (ROS) can diffuse inside cells and across cell membrane, and are increasingly recognized for their important functions in cell signaling. We have recently utilized genetically encoded unnatural amino acids and fluorescent proteins to develop encodable fluorescent probes for redox-active molecules. Selective probes for hydrogen sulfide and […]


Roger Kornberg Presents: The Molecular Basis of Eukaryotic Transcription

Monday October 7th, 2013 at 2 p.m. in A/Z W118

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Max Mattson Presents: Formation Mechanism of Laser-Induced Periodic Surface Structures, (LIPSS), with Ultrashort Laser Pulses

Thursday October 3rd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The curious phenomenon of Laser-Induced Periodic Surface Structures, (LIPSS), has gained ardent interest in the past few years due in part to the fact that periodic nano-scale wavelike structures are created when a linearly polarized ultrashort pulsed laser is focused onto nearly any material at intensities near the material’s ablation threshold.1 Characteristics such as corrugation […]

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Prof. Jonathan V. Sweedler Presents: The Cell by Cell Chemical Characterization of the Brain: From New Tools to New Insights

Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In the postgenomic era, one expects the suite of chemical players in a brain region to be known and their functions uncovered. However, many cell-to-cell signaling molecules remain poorly characterized and for those that are known, their localization and dynamics are oftentimes unknown. A suite of bioanalytical approaches are described that allow the investigation of […]

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Applying for Chemistry Graduate Fellowships: Stacking the Deck in Your Favor

Friday September 27th, 2013 at 4:30 PM in Chemistry A101

Chemistry Department Seminar/Workshop Applying for Chemistry Graduate Fellowships: Stacking the Deck in Your Favor A student/faculty panel discussion will provide views from the applicant’s perspective as well as what reviewers are seeking in successful applications. Especially relevant for: o 1st and 2nd year graduate students o senior undergraduates interested in graduate school o potential faculty […]

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Kathryn Tracy Presents: The Colloidal Glass Transition Probed with Dynamic Light Scattering

Thursday September 26th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Glass is a nonequillibrium state of matter that occurs when a liquid is cooled faster than a crystal structure can form and the amorphous arrangement of molecules is maintained.  While structure is unaffected by this transition, the dynamic properties, such as viscosity of the material, is changed through the glass transition.1  The microscopic dynamics of […]

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Prof. Melissa Reynolds Presents: Professional Development Series: Intellectual Property from an Industrial Perspective

Wednesday September 25th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Interested in learning about intellectual property from working professionals in science and engineering companies? This professional development seminar will provide an opportunity to learn about the opportunities and challenges of intellectual property (IP) in the industrial setting. The seminar will include a brief introduction to the nuts and bolts in IP practices and policies which […]


Uttam Tambar Presents: Catalytic Asymmetric Molecular Rearrangements

Monday September 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Our group is interested in discovering new catalytic asymmetric rearrangements, which are synthetically powerful chemical transformations for the assembly of complex molecules.  We have developed a series of enantioselective [2,3]-rearrangements, including an allylic amination of unactivated olefins via a [2,3]-rearrangement and a Meisenheimer rearrangement of allylic amine N-oxides.  Our efforts in this area have provided […]


Professor Mark A. Arnold Presents: The Quest for Noninvasive Glucose Sensing: Fundamental Principles and Analytical Capabilities

Thursday September 19th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Near infrared spectroscopy offers the ability to probe the human body and collect vibrational information from chemical constituents within living tissue.  The near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum extends from 700 to 2500 nm or 14,285 to 4,000 cm-1.  The absorption properties of water create a set of three spectroscopic windows through aqueous samples, […]

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Brynson Lehmkuhl Presents: Application of Microfluidics with IR Spectroscopy for the Investigation of Protein Secondary Structure

Wednesday September 18th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

  Protein secondary structure is critical to the proper function of the protein. Secondary and tertiary structure distortions have been associated with various diseases as well as protein aggregation.1 Infrared spectroscopy (IR) coupled with microfluidics offers the solution to study conformational changes. Microfluidics will allow the protein sample to be quickly modified with different samples […]

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Genevieve Kahrilas Presents: Analysis of Glutaraldehyde: Using Solid-Phase Microextraction for the Complex Matrix of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid

Wednesday September 18th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Hydraulic fracturing is a process being used to increase oil and gas extraction from unconventional rock formations such as tight shales.  This technique involves using a fluid– a mixture of water, a proppant such as sand, and chemicals– to induce and hold open cracks in the target formation.  Glutaraldehyde (GLA), a biocide, is one of […]


Tyrel McQueen Presents: The Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of New Compounds with Basic Science and Energy-Related Applications

Monday September 16th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Abstract   Solid state transition metal compounds have a rich structural chemistry. Combined with strong electron-electron interactions, which cause electrons to show cooperative behavior rather than acting independently, these materials end up with a delicate balance between different electronic and magnetic states. In this talk, I will first present a general introduction to strongly correlated […]

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Prof. Robert L. Whetten Presents: Noble Metallurgy at Radius 1.0 Nanometers

Friday September 13th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Globular clusters of ~ 145 noble-metal atoms play a special role in the science & diverse applications of protected metallic clusters.  “Ubiquitous” is the term used to indicate their high abundance over a wide range of preparative conditions.  Evidently, the reason is that their dimensions (radius ~ 1.0 nm) are just right to hold precisely […]

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Andrew Abeleira Presents: Methods and Instrumentation for the Measurement of Hydroxyl Radical Reactivity in Relation to Atmospheric Chemistry

Wednesday September 11th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Atmospheric hydroxyl radical (ŸOH) reactivity is a measure of the number of times per second an OH radical reacts with an air sample.1 The magnitude of the OH radical reactivity of an air sample directly correlates to the amount of reactive species in the air sample.1 The atmosphere is a complex chemical system that is […]


Hiro Suga Presents: Psudonatural Product Discovery Accelerated by the RaPID Platform System

Tuesday September 10th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Lilly

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Gregory Terho Presents: The Structure-Function Relationship of Photosystem II

Thursday September 5th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Nature has designed a variety of plant and bacteria based systems to harvest and convert solar energy into chemical energy 1. The ability of photosystem II to harvest light and then the transfer energy to the reaction center can be understood through relating structure of the light-harvesting complex of photosystem II (LHCII) to the energy […]

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Dr. Matthew Bresin Presents: Electron Microscopy as a Nanofabrication Platform

Thursday August 29th, 2013 at 10:30 AM in Yates 414/416

: Developed in the early 20th century,electron microscopy has been employed to observe and characterize featuresthousands of times smaller than a human hair. These observations have givenresearchers unparalleled access to the micro- and nano-scale; for example the directimaging of DNA and atoms. Beyond imaging, electron microscopy allows for thestudy of charged-particle (namely electron) interactions with […]


Matt Shores Presents: Graduate Student Meeting

Tuesday August 27th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Dr. Bo Gao Presents: Designer Nanoparticle Chains: Assembly of Shaped Nanoparticles within Polymer Thin-Film

Monday August 26th, 2013 at 10:30 AM in Yates 414/416

The capability of organizing nanobuilding blocks into highly ordered architectures over macroscopic area in a controllable way is of great importance for fabrication of functional nanomateials. Large research efforts have been made towards building hierarchical nanoparticle assembly during the last decade, while precise control over interparticle orientation and distance remain to be a great challenge. […]

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Dr. Hamidreza Mohseni Presents: Application of Transmission Electron Microscopy in Tribology Research

Thursday August 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am in E112 Anatomy/Zoology

Abstract:  Tribology is defined as the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion and extensively deals with surface characterization, adhesion, friction, wear, lubrication and contact mechanics. One of the major challenges in this field is to replace liquid lubricants for use in extreme environments such as cycling between low/high temperatures, ambient humid/dry nitrogen […]

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Dr. Roy H. Geiss Presents: Application of High Resolution Electron Microscopy to the Characterization of Crystalline Nano-structures

Monday August 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am in E112 Anatomy/Zoology

High resolution electron microscopy has become a major tool for the characterization of nanostructures. Nanostructures are usually defined as entities which have at least one physical dimension on the order of 100 nm or less. With modern electron microscopes, high resolution transmission (HRTEM) and high resolution scanning transmission (STEM) images with point resolution between 0.1 […]


Dr. A.R. (Ravi) Ravishankara Presents: Role of Aerosols in Earth’s Climate: From Radiative Forcing to Chemistry

Tuesday August 6th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Behavioral Sciences Bldg, Room 103

Aerosols play key roles in many aspects of Earth’s climate: (1) they interact directly with the incoming radiation, (2) they alter the cloudiness and thus alter the radiation balance, and (3) they alter the chemical composition that further influences the radiation field.  Each of these roles is not well quantified and thus the role of […]

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Abigail G. Doyle Presents: New Methods for C-C and C-F Bond Formation

Tuesday June 11th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Sarah Fredrick Presents: Studies in Nanocrystal Synthesis, Solution Chemistry and Product Purity

Friday May 10th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In order to reduce our carbon footprint, renewable energies must comprise a significant portion of our energy consumption.  Solar power is one source capable of meeting such energy demands due to the virtually unlimited power produced by the sun. Yet to date, only 2 % of US power produced by renewable energies came from solar […]


Vincent Gandon Presents: Practical Homogeneous Au(I)- and Ga(III)-Catalysis: a Few Tips

Wednesday May 8th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


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Christy Landes Presents: In Search of Concurrence Between Biological and Synthetic Single Molecule Structure/Function

Thursday May 2nd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Whether a synthetic material is intended for a medical therapeutic or for charge storage, one of the innate challenges in materials chemistry is the ability to engineer cheap, efficient, robust devices. Nature manufactures such materials from the cheapest of precursors. As we advance to scientific tools able to observe nature’s molecular level methods, we begin […]


Reginald Penner Presents: The Electrical Detection of Disease Markers Using Nanowires Interfaced to Viruses

Wednesday April 24th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The Electrical Detection of Disease Markers Using Nanowires Interfaced to Viruses.   G.A. Weiss, R.M. Penner, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA, 92697.   In this talk I’ll describe a new approach to biosensors that has as its objective the development of ultra-cheap, disposable biosensors that are able to detect virtually any analyte […]

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Markus Raschke Presents: Multimodal and Multispectral Nano-Imaging: Accessing the Structure, Function, and Dynamics in Nano-Scale Soft Matter

Thursday April 18th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Structure, function, and dynamics of many soft-matter systems, including polymer heterostructures, organic photovoltaics, or biomembranes are typically defined on the mesoscopic few nm to sub-micron scale. Tip-enhanced and scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) has already demonstrated its ability to spectroscopically access that relevant spatial regime. In combination with IR-vibrational spectroscopy s-SNOM provides molecular structural […]


Seth Herzon Presents: Target-Driven Total Synthesis

Monday April 15th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: BMS

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Curtis Seizert Presents: The road to Maoecrystal V

Monday April 8th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Jessica Joslin Presents: Understanding the Physical Behavior of Nitric Oxide Polymer Systems

Thursday April 4th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Nitric oxide (NO)-releasing materials have been investigated as potential biomaterials. A multitude of NO-releasing platforms have been reported, with different NO-release properties indicating use in different bioapplications.1 Despite the positive implications associated with these materials, the field is currently limited by a couple major problems. Firstly, the reservoirs of NO stored in current systems do […]

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Sarah Lantvit Presents: Effect of Nitric Oxide Release on Protein-Surface Interactions

Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Preventing blood clotting on artificial materials remains a critical challenge. Our strategy to combat this problem is through the release of nitric oxide (NO). NO-releasing surfaces have shown promise in preventing clot formation.1 To date, the underlying mechanism of action has been attributed to platelet inactivation due NO’s role as an anti-platelet agent. Platelets are […]


Annaliese Franz Presents: New Modes of Activation for Catalysis and Enantioselective Synthesis of Spirocyclic Oxindoles

Monday April 1st, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Organic Synthesis

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Zev Gartner Presents: Progress toward the total synthesis of the human mammary gland

Thursday March 28th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry B202


Yujun Shi Presents: Understanding the Chemistry in the Gas Phase and on the Wire Surface in Hot-wire Chemical Vapor Deposition

Thursday March 28th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

 Hot-wire Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a useful technique to form silicon-containing semiconductors, metal oxides and polymer thin films. It utilizes the catalytic ability of metal filaments (W or Ta) to decompose source gases to radicals at high temperatures (≥1500°C). The radical-radical and radical-molecule reactions in the gas phase produce the final mix of film […]

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Keith Stevenson Presents: Development of Analytical Tools for Catalyst Evaluation and Screening

Wednesday March 27th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The realization that nanoscale materials can have catalytic properties, which are intrinsic to their size, has invigorated the field of catalysis. In the area of alternative energy production, the synthesis and conversion of chemical energy is limited by the cost and activity of available catalysts. Fuel cells have not been commercialized on a large scale […]

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Dr. Ward H. Thompson Presents: Understanding Spectroscopy of Nanoconfined Liquids

Thursday March 14th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Dramatic changes in the molecular-level liquid structure and dynamics occur upon nanoscale confinement in materials ranging from sol-gels to supramolecular assemblies.  A number of vibrational and electronic spectroscopic techniques are routinely used to probe the behavior of such nanoconfined liquids.  However, in general, how the molecular-level structural and dynamical properties are represented in spectra can […]


Sarah Reisman Presents: New Methods and Strategies for the Synthesis of Epidithiodiketopiperazine Natural Products

Monday March 11th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Organic Synthesis


Tom Truskett Presents: Assembling Nanoclusters in Water

Thursday March 7th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Nanometer-scale particles suspended in a fluid can self-assemble into different structures depending on the nature of their effective interparticle interactions. In many cases, these interactions are tunable via physical or chemical modification of the particle surfaces or changes in the composition of the suspending solvent. For example, fluid dispersions of particle clusters can result from […]

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Stephen Maldonado Presents: Nanostructured Crystalline Inorganic Semiconductors for Electrochemical Energy Conversion/Storage

Wednesday March 6th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

This presentation will highlight recent work by our research group onthe synthesis, design, and study of nanostructured semiconductors asmaterials in (photo)electrochemical energy conversion systems. Ageneral and brief overview/motivation for nanostructuredsemiconductors in energy conversion applications will first be given,including recent advancements in the development of dye-sensitizedphotocathodes. The remaining portion of the talk will detail ourrecent discovery […]


Trevor Douglas Presents: Packing Them In: Using Self-Assembled Protein Cages to Direct the Synthesis and Packaging of Polymers, Minerals, and Proteins

Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Protein cages have emerged as useful platforms for synthetic manipulation with a range of applications from materials to medicine. Synthetic manipulation can impart new function, combining the best of evolution and directed synthetic design. We have developed a library of protein cage architectures, which differ in size, porosity, and stability, for synthetic manipulation. This library […]

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Alec Lutzke Presents: Poly(organophosphazene) blends and composites as synthetic bone tissue scaffolds

Friday February 22nd, 2013 at 4:00 PM in A101

With an estimated 500,000 to 600,000 bone graft procedures performed each year in the United States alone, there is significant clinical and academic interest in the development of new synthetic tissue engineering scaffolds capable of functioning as bone graft substitutes.[1]  Poly(organophosphazenes), a diverse class of polymers based on the polyphosphazene backbone, have been investigated as […]


Jonathan Sweedler Presents: The Cell by Cell Chemical Characterization of the Brain: from New Tools to New Insights

Wednesday February 20th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In the postgenomic era, one expects the suite of chemical players in a brain region to be known and their functions uncovered. However, many cell-to-cell signaling molecules remain poorly characterized and for those that are known, their localization and dynamics are oftentimes unknown. A suite of bioanalytical approaches are described that allow the investigation of […]


Peter Stang Presents: Abiological Self-Assembly: Predesigned Metallacycles and Metallacages via Coordination

Monday February 18th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Organic Synthesis

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Monday February 18th, 2013 at 9:30 AM in Chemistry Building

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Scott Phillips Presents: New Strategies in Reagent and Assay Design for Point-of-Use Diagnostics

Wednesday February 13th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Few thermally-stable reagents are available for diagnostic applications in resource-limited environments such as the developing world. This presentation will describe the design of several new small molecule reagents as well as unique assay strategies that provide the features of selectivity, sensitivity (via signal amplification), quantitative readouts, and ease of use.  


Steven Boxer Presents: Reaction, Interactions and Dynamics in Biological Membranes: Vesicles to Brains

Thursday February 7th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Abstract Our lab has developed a wide range of methods for patterning lipid bilayers on solid supports.  These 2D fluids are interesting as a model for biological membranes, as a physical system with unusual properties, and as a step towards the creation of controlled interfaces between biological and non-biological surfaces.  Methods have been developed for […]


Delphine K. Farmer Presents: Moving beyond Facebook: Networking for your career

Wednesday February 6th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Facebook is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you’re toldto ‘expand your network’, but it isn’t always a good idea to friend yourresearch advisers! We will discuss what networking really is, why it’sessential for getting a job these days, and how to go about establishing andmaintaining a scientific network. This is the […]

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Veronica Vaida Presents: “Water-air Interfaces in the Contemporary and on Ancient Earth”

Thursday January 31st, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Water is a crucial factor in establishing the habitability of earth, its chemistry, temperature and climate. This presentation will discuss the role of water in atmospheric chemistry with emphasis on catalysis at water-air interfaces, found in the natural environment at the surface of lakes, oceans and the vast population of global atmospheric aerosol. Examples from […]

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Julie Denham Presents: Microextraction Techniques for the Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Byproducts

Wednesday January 30th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are primarily formed by incomplete combustion and biomass burning.  PAHs are a wide spread pollutant and are hypothesized to undergo long-range transport. This is evidenced by PAH concentrations in the polar ice caps, which have been detected at low ppm.1 PAH molecules in the atmosphere can also react to form oxygenated, […]

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Jeramy Jasmann Presents: Solid Phase Extraction for Trace Quantitative Analysis of Nitrosamines

Wednesday January 30th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

N-nitrosamines are a group of carcinogenic water contaminants with rising concern due to widespread detection in drinking water and wastewater treatment systems.  N-nitrosamines are disinfection byproducts formed by amines in influent water reacting with the chloramines, chlorines or ozone used for pathogen control in public water systems. Drinking water concentrations as low as 0.7 ng/L […]


Jason Belitzky Presents: Melanin Molecular Recognition

Monday January 28th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Dr. Renee Frontiera Presents: Obtaining Structural Snapshots of Reacting Molecules in Real Time with Ultrafast Vibrational and Surface-enhanced Spectroscopies

Thursday January 17th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

This talk will focus on probing chemical reactivity through the use of an innovative technique called Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy (FSRS), which is capable of following vibrational structure with simultaneous high spectral and temporal resolution. By acquiring complete structural snapshots of evolving molecules on the femtosecond time scale, one can map out portions of a […]

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Dr. James E. Johns Presents: Probing and Chemically Manipulating 2D Carbon Based Electronic Materials in Time and Space

Tuesday January 15th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Carbon based systems such as graphene and polymers have been proposed as successors to silicon and other inorganic semiconductors in a number of applications including solar cells, and microelectronics; however, several persistent chemical issues prevent their wide scale incorporation into real world devices. The first part of this talk will examine one such problem, namely […]

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Dr. Lei Fang Presents: Molecular Engineering on Mechanically Interlocked Molecules and Conductive Polymers

Wednesday January 9th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The application of mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) remains an area of intense activity in research. The performance of the related devices are governed by the switching behavior of the mechanically interlocked molecules in the different environments, such as in aqueous solutions, in polymer scaffolds, or on the surfaces of nanostructures. The first part of this […]

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Dr. James Neilson Presents: Chemical and Kinetic Control of Structure/Property Relationships in Functional Inorganic Materials

Monday January 7th, 2013 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

A grand challenge in chemistry and materials science revolves around the preparation of materials with desired properties that derive from their structure.  Complementary to the high-temperature reactions used to facilitate diffusion within a solid, control of crystal chemistry by way of low-temperature and partial solution-phase reactions provide new opportunities to modulate or discover structure-property relationships in functional materials.  In the precipitation […]

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Professor Garth Simpson Presents: Nonlinear Optics of Proteins: Implications for Structural Biology

Thursday December 6th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Can nonlinear optics help inform drug discovery? Efforts toward this end will be introduced integrating second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy of protein crystals with synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD).  Rational drug design hinges on precise knowledge of protein structure, which is most routinely determined at high resolution by XRD of protein crystals. The high brilliance and […]

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Rachel Feeney Presents: Drug and Disease Marker Detection in a Dried Blood Spot Matrix

Wednesday November 28th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Clinical diagnostics are primarily based on analysis of venous blood samples, which require painful, invasive collection methods. Implementing dried blood spots (DBS) as a collection method provides many benefits when compared to venous blood draws. Samples are collected by blotting blood from a fingerprick to filter paper, requiring much smaller blood volumes than venous blood […]

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Erin Stuckert Presents: NOx Sensing Applications of SnO2 Nanomaterials

Wednesday November 28th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The sensing of nitrogen oxides, NxOy, has long been a topic of great importance due to the severe negative health impacts caused by exposure to this class of compounds. Specifically, there is interest in NOx which is composed of NO and NO2. Most NOx is in the form of NO2 as a result of the […]

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Morgan Hawker Presents: Hydrophobic, Oleophilic Materials for Surface Oil Spill Cleanup

Friday November 16th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Over three million gallons of oil have been released into the world’s oceans over the last four decades.1 Since oil spills negatively impact the marine environment, it is critical to mediate these surface spills before they spread. Current mediation methods include mechanical skimming machines, in situ burning, and use of chemical dispersants.2 While each of […]

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Mark Holfelder Presents: Theoretical Calculation of Acid Dissociation Constants

Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Interest in calculating the dissociation constant of acids from a theoretical standpoint has risen in the past decade. Theoretical calculation has advantages in terms of both the time and cost required for determination of pKa over experimental methods. Acid dissociation constants are very important biologically; due to the hydrophobic nature of a cell’s membrane, a […]

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Jeramy Jasmann Presents: Trace Quantitative Analysis of Carcinogenic Nitrosamines

Wednesday November 14th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

  N-nitrosoamines, starting with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in 1998, have been detected in nearly 1/3 of the chlorinated drinking water tested thus far in the United States.1  Investigations over the last decade have determined nine nitrosamines as disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in drinking water, wastewater and chlorinated pools. Nitrosamines have become a priority contaminant of public concern […]

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Adam Crooks Presents: Catalyst optimization in Fischer-Tropsch over cobalt

Tuesday November 6th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Undergraduate Research Open House

Monday November 5th, 2012 at 6:00 pm for pizza in Chemistry B204

learn about undergraduate research opportunities in the department meet research faculty and undergraduates currently involved in research tour research labs

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Prof. Malcolm Kelland Presents: Recent Developments in Low Dosage Hydrate Inhibitors

Friday November 2nd, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Meyers Symposium 2012

Saturday October 27th, 2012 at 8:00 AM in Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 131

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University is honored to host the 2nd Meyers Symposium on October 27, 2012.  Four world-renowned scientists will give plenary lectures on key advances in modern organic chemistry.  The symposium will also feature talks from CSU graduate students, as well as a poster session and reception. We invite you […]

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Everett Jackson Presents: The Role of Microwave Irradiation in Microwave-Assisted Nanoparticle Synthesis

Friday October 26th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Since the mid 1990s, inorganic chemists have utilized microwave ovens in an attempt to translate the benefits observed for microwave-assisted organic synthesis to colloidal nanoparticle synthesis.1 Despite a now large body of literature on this subject the mechanisms responsible for the observed yield improvements, reduced size dispersity, and shorter reaction times in microwave reactors have […]

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Professor Jason McNeill Presents: Nano-Imaging with Polymer Dot Nanoparticles

Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

We have developed highly fluorescent nanoparticles for nanoscale imaging and sensing applications, which we call “polymer dots”. These nanoparticles, which are many times brighter than similar-sized quantum dots, primarily consist of semiconducting conjugated polymers.They can be bioconjugated for cell imaging and can be modified to act as sensors. Spectroscopy of the particles at the single […]


Helmut Schwarz Presents: Chemistry with Methane: Concepts Rather than Recipes

Tuesday October 16th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Prof. Dana D. Dlott Presents: Molecular Dynamics of Explosives

Thursday October 11th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In this talk I will discuss some of the fundamentals of chemical and nanoparticle explosives.  These are materials that when subjected to a high speed impact, undergo extensive chemical reactivity with large energy release.  Understanding how an impact on a solid creates chemical reactivity is a difficult problem in chemistry and it requires new kinds […]

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Penny P. Osborne Presents: Aerosol Measurements Using a Thermal Denuder

Wednesday October 10th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Aerosols are liquid or solid particles suspended in air or gas, and are emitted into the atmosphere through biogenic and anthropogenic sources. Aerosols affect health and global climate.1,2 Aerosol volatility is a fundamental property that governs gas–particle partitioning and is a critical parameter for modeling the formation of aerosols.3 Photochemical reactions in the atmosphere change […]

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Scott Compel Presents: Origin of luminesence in small Au(n) clusters

Tuesday October 9th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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John C. Warner Presents: Entropic Control in Materials Design as an Example of Green Chemistry

Friday October 5th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The traditional construction of materials is usually driven by classical synthetic transformations involving the making and breaking of covalent bonds. These processes often require high energy input and highly reactive and hazardous materials. In natural systems, one typically encounters synthetic control schemes that are based on entropic forces rather than these human-designed enthalpic manipulations. In […]

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Professor Steve Granick Presents: Some Surprises and Open Questions in Materials Chemistry

Thursday October 4th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

A fundamental materials challenge is to form structure that is not frozen in place but instead reconfigures internally driven by energy throughput and adapts to its environment robustly. Predicated on fluorescence imaging at the single-particle level, this talk describes quantitative studies of how this can happen. With Janus colloidal clusters, we show the powerful role […]


Jianmin Gao Presents: Targeting membrane lipids with designed peptides

Monday October 1st, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Joel Kirner Presents: Carbon Nanotubes as Prospective Materials for Printable Thin-Film Transistors for Display Applications

Friday September 28th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Improvements in transistor technology over the last century have been arguably some of the most influential developments for advancing electronics and computing. There are many different types of transistors, each with different advantages for different applications.  In recent years, thin film transistors (TFTs) for display applications have developed into an industry worth more than $100 […]

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Michael Barich Presents: Ring Resonator Biosensors: The Next Generation in Optical Biomarker Detection

Thursday September 27th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

An introduction to label-free optical biomolecule detection via ring resonators and the physical properties that govern their performance will be presented. Ring resonators confine light within the detector’s optical material via total internal reflection that results in an evanescent wave that extends beyond the material.  As sample flows over the ring resonators, the molecule of […]

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Professor Jason Surratt Presents: Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Formation From Isoprene Oxidation: Role of Epoxides

Wednesday September 26th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Atmospheric fine particulate matter (PM2.5) plays a key role in many environmental processes, such as scattering and absorbing solar and terrestrial radiation, which affects the changing global climate, and participates in heterogeneous chemical reactions, thereby affecting the abundance and distribution of atmospheric trace gases or pollutants.It is established that exposure to PM2.5 is associated with […]

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Patrick Kent Presents: Progress in Sustainable Catalysis Using Iron

Tuesday September 25th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Daniel Wiex Presents: No More Nucleophiles: Direct, Selective Cross Coupling of Electrophiles

Monday September 24th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Aldrich

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Professor Dana Spence Presents: Advances in Understanding Blood Flow…from a Chemistry Lab???

Wednesday September 19th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Without question, one of the roles of the red blood cell (RBC) is to deliver oxygen to tissues and organs throughout the body.  However, for nearly two decades, results from many research groups (both basic and clinical) are strongly suggesting that the RBC is also participating in the control of blood flow and many properties […]


Toshiyuki Kan Presents: Synthesis Studies of Heterocyclic Natural Products

Monday September 17th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Sponsor: Pfizer

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Arthi Jayaraman Presents: Theory and Molecular Simulation Studies of Macromolecular Soft Materials

Friday September 14th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

We develop and use theory and simulation techniques to understand molecular-level phenomena in macromolecular soft materials (polymers, DNA, proteins).  The first part of my talk will focus on theory and simulation studies of polymer functionalized nanoparticles in polymer nanocomposites. Significant interest has grown around the ability to control spatial arrangement of nanoparticles in a polymer […]

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Julie E. Denham Presents: Additives for Improving Capillary Electrophoretic Separations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Wednesday September 12th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have a number of effects on human health, including being carcinogenic and/or mutagenic.1,2 PAH generation occurs by natural and anthropogenic combustion as well as high temperature pyrolysis reactions.3 PAHs are ubiquitous in the environment due to hydrophobic, nonionic, and semi-volatile characteristics.  An analytical separation allowing for quick, efficient, and robust separation […]

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Wil Biddle Presents: Lectin Microarrays: A Hope for High-Throughput Structural Glycomics Profiling

Wednesday September 12th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Glycosylation is the most common post or co-translational modification system in mammals with well over 50% of the proteome being modified.1 Several key biological processes are directly dependent upon glycosylation events, such as cell-cell interactions, cell-protein interactions, protein folding, metastasis, and immune responses.2,3 For the past 30 years researchers have been developing methods to elucidate […]

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Nancy Levinger Presents: Exploring Energy Migration in Phospholipid Reverse Micelles

Thursday September 6th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The ability of phospholipid molecules to self-assemble is critical to their role in biological membranes. Investigating structure and dynamics of these molecules in self-assembled structures is key to understanding interfacial processes.  Enlisting time-resolved infrared spectroscopy, we have explored dynamics of vibrational energy relaxation and spectral diffusion for a range of vibrational modes in reverse micelles […]

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Karlee Castro Presents: Spectroscopic Measurements of Fluorescence Quantum Yields

Wednesday August 29th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Fluorescent materials are used in a wide variety of applications including sensors, probes, and luminescent devices.1,2,3  One widely reported property of a fluorescent material is the quantum yield.  Relative quantum yields can be determined spectroscopically by comparison to a fluorescent standard; absolute quantum yields require use of an integrating sphere.4  Both methods require attention to […]

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Patrick Brophy Presents: Ionization of Gas Phase Species With Electrospray

Wednesday August 29th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

John Bennett Fenn et. al. reported the presence of strange peaks in their electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectra, which were attributed to trace contaminants in their nitrogen bath gas.1  These early insights into the ability of ESI to ionize gas phase species not originally present in the electrspray plume expand the applicability of ESI as […]


Jimmy Wu Presents: Sulfur and Indole: Old Friends, New Methods

Monday August 27th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Regan Thomson Presents: Strategies and Methods for Natural Product Synthesis

Friday August 10th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Connecting the Dots:Grb7, Filamin-alpha, and Cell Migration

Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 2:00 pm in Chemistry B202

Dr. Barbara A. Lyons New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM Abstract: Filamin-alpha (Fln-a) is an actin-binding protein important in cellular migration via its function in cytoskeletal restructuring. Grb7 is an adaptor protein that binds to several receptor tyrosine kinases (e.g. erbB2) and focal adhesion kinase, and is associated with aggressive metastasized cancers. We recently […]


The NSF-REU Poster Session

Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Yates 102/103

Please come learn about the research that our NSF-REU participants have accomplished this summer!! Refreshments will be served.


Nobuyoshi Yasuda Presents: The Art of Process Chemistry

Monday July 16th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A103

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Dr. Peter Lu Presents: Universal Gelation of Particles with Short-Ranged Attraction

Thursday June 28th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry B202

Nanoscale or colloidal particles are exceptionally important in many realms of science and technology. They can dramatically change the properties of materials, imparting solid-like behavior to a wide variety of complex fluids, from yoghurt to cast ceramics. This behavior arises when particles aggregate to form mesoscopic clusters and networks. The essential component leading to aggregation […]


CNS Spring Commencement 2012

Saturday May 12th, 2012 at 8:00 AM in Moby Arena

Douglass Given and Bruce Given will speak at the College of Natural Sciences’ commencement ceremony at 8 a.m. May 12 at Moby Arena. Douglass Givenis an Investment Partner at Bay City Capital. He was formerly chief executive officer and a director of NeoRx, corporate sr. vice president and chief technical officer of Mallinckrodt, and chief […]

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Dongmei Zhang Presents: Nanoparticle Probes for Measuring Rotation of Individual Proteins on Cell Surfaces

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Lateral and rotational diffusion of membrane proteins reflect the size, interactions and local membrane environment of the molecules examined. The study of biomolecular interactions in vivo is important to our understanding of complex biological systems and affects our capacity to identify physical phenomena and treat diseases. Rotational diffusion depends linearly on the in-membrane volume of […]

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Melanie Sanford Presents: New Developments in Pd-Catalyzed C-H Functionalization

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Brett Blakeley Presents: Engineering Microbes for Synthesis

Monday April 30th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Joshua Thomas Presents: Ellipsometric Studies on Ultra-thin High Dielectric Constant Materials

Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Moore’s Law was presented as a way to describe the development of micro-processing technology states that the number of transistors on a microprocessor doubles every two years.1  In order for this law to remain true, the size of the transistors must scale down ever smaller.  The current approach to shrinking these transistors is to reduce […]

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Brendan Tompkins Presents: H20 Plasma Modification of Track-Etched Polymer Membranes and the Use of Plasma Diagnostics to Follow Polymer Modification in Real Time

Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Track-etched polymeric microfiltration membranes have a broad range of applications including process filtration, laboratory separations, tissue cultures, and nanomaterials templates.1,2  Owing to their hydrophobic nature, commercially available track-etched membranes are typically treated with wetting agents, such as polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP).  Although PVP initially facilitates wetting of the membrane, the coating is easily washed away, potentially leading […]


Sandra DePorter Presents: Approaches to Engineering Tissue

Monday April 23rd, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Lance Ashbrook Presents: Phenanthroline-Based Cu(I) Dyes for Use in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Friday April 20th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

For twenty years the traditional “Grätzel cells” containing Ru(II) polypyridyl-based dyes have dominated the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) world.  Efforts since have focused on alternative dyes and mediators to enhance performance while reducing cost.  Copper is far cheaper, more abundant, and less toxic than ruthenium, and Cu(I)L2-based complexes (L = 1,10-phenanthroline or 2,2’-bipyridine) have demonstrated […]

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Jeanne E. Pemberton Presents: Interfacial Challenges in Organic-Based Photonic Devices

Wednesday April 18th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices and related thin-film photovoltaic technologies such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are typically based on photoactive molecular semiconductors, semiconducting polymers, and/or hybrids of these materials with semiconducting oxide and low work function metal contacts. These dissimilar materials must form chemically and physically robust interfaces for efficient charge harvesting or injection. Dramatic […]

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Yupaporn Sameenoi Presents: Microfluidic Devices for Assessing Oxidative Activity of Atmospheric Aerosols

Wednesday April 11th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Extensive epidemiological studies show strong associations between the exposure to atmospheric aerosol particulate matters (PM) in the size range of 0.1- 10 µm (PM0.1-PM10) and health problems including respiratory, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases.1 However, the mechanisms of PM-induced toxicity are poorly defined. A leading hypothesis states that airborne PM induces harm by generating reactive oxygen […]


Ayusman Sen Presents: Designing Self-Powered Catalytic Nano-motors and Pumps

Tuesday April 10th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Self-powered nano and microscale moving systems are currently the subject of intense interest due in part to their potential applications in nanomachinery, nanoscale assembly, robotics, fluidics, and chemical/biochemical sensing.  We will demonstrate that one can build autonomous nanomotors “from scratch” that mimic biological motors by using catalytic reactions to create forces based on chemical gradients. […]

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Prof. Wei Zhang Presents: Development and Applications of Dynamic Covalent Chemistry: From 2-D and 3-D Molecular Architectures to Functional Materials

Friday April 6th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Dynamic covalent chemistry (DCC) has attracted great research interest in the past decade due to its power in highly efficient synthesis of complex molecular architectures from simple small molecule precursors. This talk will cover efficient synthesis of shape-persistent, structure-tunable 2-D macrocycles as well as 3-D molecular cages via metathesis reactions. These well-defined molecules have shown […]

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Scott Saavedra Presents: Poly(Lipid) Supramolecular Assemblies: Structure, Receptor Functionalization, and Bioanalytical Applications

Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The use of fluid phospholipid bilayers as biocompatible structures in receptor-based sensors and arrays may be compromised by their chemical and mechanical instability. One strategy to address this problem is the use of synthetic lipids, substituted with reactive groups, to create polymerized bilayer structures. We have been investigating polymerization of dienoyl-functionalized lipids in an effort […]


James Whitaker Presents: Selective Chemistry of “Teflon” Buckyballs

Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Prof. Stephan Link Presents: Collective Plasmon Modes in Nanoparticle Assemblies

Thursday March 22nd, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In order to incorporate plasmonic nanoparticles into functional devices it is necessary to understand how surface plasmons couple as particles are arranged into ordered structures.  Bottom-up assembly of chemically prepared nanoparticles facilities strong plasmon coupling due to short interparticle distances, but also gives to rise to defects in particle size, shape, and ordering.  Single particle […]


Travis Williams Presents: A Dual Site Catalyst for Hydride Manipulation

Tuesday March 20th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Craig Crews Presents: Small Molecule Control of Intracellular Protein Levels

Monday March 19th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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John Papanikolas Presents: Ultrafast Spatially Resolved Carrier Dynamics in Individual ZnO Rods

Thursday March 8th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

  We have used femtosecond transient absorption microscopy to investigate the charge carrier dynamics in needle-shaped ZnO rods that are 10-30 mm in length and 200-1800 nm in diameter. Localized photoexcitation of the structure (e.g. end versus middle) is accomplished through a two-photon excitation of the ZnO by a 730 nm near-infrared laser pulse focused […]


Colorado ACS Section Scientific Achievement Award Dinner Honoring Rick Finke

Thursday March 8th, 2012 at 5:30 PM in Grey Rock Room, Lory Student Center

Please join fellow colleagues for the Colorado ACS Section Scientific Achievement Award dinner and presentation to Dr. Richard Finke, Professor of Chemistry, on Thursday, March 8. The award presentation will be held at the CSU Lory Student Center in the Grey Rock Room.  The meeting will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by […]

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Johnathan Hatfield Presents: Kinetics in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Absorption and Emission Techniques

Wednesday March 7th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) have demonstrated potential as a cheaper, mass-producible solar harnessing alternative since O’Regan and Gratzel reported the efficiency of their mesoporous TiO2 based device in 1991.  Since then, a great deal of effort has been spent to understand and optimize the various chemical processes involved in DSSCs.  However, as is often the […]

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Prof. Jianjun Cheng Presents: Development of Anticancer Nanomedicine

Friday March 2nd, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Nanoparticles are promising carriers for the delivery of chemotherapeutics for cancer therapy because they are able to carry large payload of therapeutic modalities, extravasate leaky tumor vasculatures, and mediate sustained drug release in tumor tissues. However, there has been only very limited clinical success of anticancer nanomedicine because of tremendous issues related to their formulation.  […]


Aaron Bedermann Presents: Direct Dioxygen-Coupled Palladium Catalyzed Oxidation

Monday February 27th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Jennifer Shumaker-Parry Presents: Designer Plasmonic Antennas for Controlling Light at the Nanoscale

Wednesday February 22nd, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Focusing of local electromagnetic fields in plasmonic materials produces enhanced signals and enables control of light propagation for spectroscopy and energy transfer applications. We are creating plasmonic architectures with structural control in order to tailor this optical antenna-like behavior. Two approaches will be described: 1) preparation of organized multi-nanoparticle assemblies based on a novel and […]

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Hubert Yin Presents: Drugging the Undruggable

Monday February 20th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Dr. Nikos Kopidakis Presents: Spectroscopic Studies of Organic Photovoltaic Materials

Friday February 10th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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James Stambuli Presents: C-H Activation Reactions Promoted by Iridium and Palladium

Monday January 30th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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Professor Christine Payne Presents: Imaging Chemical Reactions Inside Living Cells

Thursday January 26th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101


Jiong Yang Presents: Synthetic Studies of Bioactive Natural Products

Tuesday January 24th, 2012 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101