Seminar Schedule for Spring 2013
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. Poly(organophosphazenes), a diverse class of polymers based on the polyphosphazene backbone, have been investigated as [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]