Past Seminars

Dr. Guy Hagen
By Guy Hagen, Ph.D.
12/6/22 at 1pm in Chemistry Research 401

About the Seminar:  Several methods are now available which are able to extend the resolution of optical microscopes beyond the diffraction limit. These methods include photoactivated localization microscopy, stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy, stimulated emission depletion microscopy, and super-resolution structured illumination microscopy (SIM). In many situations, SIM is the most useful super-resolution method for imaging live […]

By Kelly Nieto
12/2/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Antimony (Sb) based electrodes are a promising anode material for sodium-ion batteries, which are an attractive energy storage system to support grid-level energy storage. These anodes have high thermal stability, good rate performance, and good electronic conductivity, but there are significant limitations to the fundamental understanding of phases present as the material […]

By Joshua Telser, Ph.D.
11/29/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Molecular complexes of early transition metals are of interest as catalysts for the production of fine chemicals or polymers. One important feature of some such complexes is their paramagnetism, which can be studied by nuclear and electron paramagnetic resonance (i.e., NPR and EPR) spectroscopy. In cases where there is more than one […]

By Hai-Lung Dai, Ph.D.
11/17/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Nonlinear light scattering in the form of Second Harmonic Generation, due to its symmetry properties, has been proven effective for observing molecular adsorption and transport at the surfaces of colloidal objects, including living biological cells. This method affords membrane specificity, real time resolution, and the ability to image single cells in examining […]

Erica Dawson, Ph.D.
By Erica Dawson, Ph.D.
11/16/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar  InDevR is a small life science tools company in Boulder that supports the vaccine development and manufacturing industry.  The talk will highlight product development efforts for InDevR’s VaxArray platform to support traditional vaccines such as influenza and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, and recent efforts to develop nucleic acid microarrays to characterize mRNA vaccine […]

George Stanley, Ph.D.
By George Stanley, Ph.D.
11/14/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

Join us for the November Colorado ACS Meeting What to Do When Your Published Results Are Questioned Presentation by: Dr. George Stanley Colorado State University & Louisiana State University Chair-Elect of Colorado Section of ACS Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, 4:00 pm, A101 Colorado State University 1301 Center Ave., Fort Collins, Colorado 80523   About the […]

By Gyorgy Szekely, Ph.D.
11/11/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar To address increasing environmental concerns, green and sustainable materials that promise to replace fossil-based separation materials, and reduce waste generation are attracting considerable research attention. On one hand, the monomers need to be reactive to form a highly crosslinked thin film. On the other hand, one of the monomers need to be […]

By Sarah Hall
11/10/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Conical intersections are seams between two potential energy surfaces, at which the degeneracy allows for ultrafast decay to a lower energy state. This connection between potential energy surfaces is present in many photochemical reactions, such as the photoisomerization of rhodopsin that is responsible for the initiation of the visual signaling process.1 Because […]

By Sabari Kumar
11/10/22 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Despite advances in software algorithms and computer hardware, the simulation of long timescale processes involving biological macromolecules remains prohibitively computationally expensive. Thus, there is a pressing need for novel computational techniques capable of resolving this issue. Harnessing recent advances in neural network-based machine learning algorithms, Noé and coworkers propose an improvement to […]

Christopher J. Easley
By Christopher Easley, Ph.D.
11/9/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Sensors based on electrochemical (EC) readout offer low cost, miniaturization, and adaptability to the point-of-care (POC). Nonetheless, most EC sensors are specialized to a particular target, and there remains a need for a robust EC biosensor platform for the multitude of biomarkers that are not EC-active, do not undergo enzymatic conversion, or […]

By Tim Cernak, Ph.D.
11/7/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Advancing the synthesis of small molecules is critical to the advent of new medicines, materials, and agrochemicals. Our lab has been exploring strategies in chemical synthesis – both in reaction method development and total synthesis – that leverage modern data science techniques. This presentation will share some recent results using informatics to target novel […]

By Jessica Gallawa
11/4/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar To fully utilize renewable energy for energy generation, energy storage is needed to accommodate times when energy generation is inhibited and during peak hours. Rechargeable batteries are projected to accommodate short-term storage needs, and sodium-ion batteries (NIBs) are a promising complimentary technology to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to their low material cost […]

By Woonghee Lee, Ph.D.
10/27/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar We develop the POKY suite which is the revolutionized platform with boundless possibilities for advancing research and technology development in biomolecular studies. The “POKY” is the core of the Integrative NMR platform providing a fully integrated professional-grade cyberinfrastructure. The next level automation and visualization maximizing the quality of user experience and productivity […]

By Kylie Pearce
10/26/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Climate change and human activity have made biotic and abiotic plant stressors more common which leads to billions of dollars lost each year as crop yields decline. Fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging have been used over the past few decades that aid in identifying when plants are stressed but these methods provide little […]

By Prakash Aryal
10/26/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Higher levels of phosphates in surface water are a significant concern as they cause the eutrophication of freshwater systems. Traditional phosphate monitoring methods require complicated, heavy instrumentation and labor-intensive methods and are usually expensive. An alternative is paper-based microfluidics (µPADs) because they are inexpensive (<$1), fast (<10min assay time), user-friendly, and biodegradable. Current approaches using µPADs […]

By Michael Marshak, Ph.D.
10/25/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Widespread adoption of renewable energy is limited by the lack of low-cost long-duration energy storage. Redox flow batteries (RFBs) are an attractive option to meet this energy storage need because their power and energy components can be scaled independently by storing energy with redox-active materials dissolved in solution. To date, RFB electrolytes […]

By Shyam Sathyamoorthi, Ph.D.
10/24/22 at 4:00pm in Virtual Seminar - Zoom

Zoom Link: Topic: Sathyamoorthi Seminar Time: Oct 24, 2022 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 991 4600 9571 Passcode: 102422   About the Seminar: Advances in tethered olefin functionalization technology will greatly aid in the precise installation of alcohols and amines and in the efficient construction of stereochemical […]

By David Lacy, Ph.D.
10/24/22 at 1:00pm in Yates 102/103

Informal Inorganic Seminar

By Christopher Gale
10/20/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

Aerosol-OT (AOT) reverse micelles are a well-known, self-assembled model system for studying water in nanoconfinement. Although all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations universally find AOT reverse micelles to be non-spherical, most theories about the reverse micelles still assume a spherical shape for simplicity, such as the core/shell hypothesis. This simplification ignores any interactions between the shape […]

By CSU STRATA (formerly CSU Ventures)
10/18/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

Hear about CSU Chemistry technologies and companies Learn about the Commercialization process at CSU Learn about opportunities to get involved! Food will be provided   Interested but can’t make it? Contact Steve Foster for more information:

By Autumn Peters
10/14/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) have shown exceptional advances in photovoltaic applications due in part to their unique defect-tolerant frameworks that enables facile, inexpensive synthetic methods.1 Although their defect tolerance offers robust properties, it also serves as barrier for controllable doping. The low formation energy of intrinsic defects in conjunction with associated dynamic disorder […]

By Cambrex Corporation
10/13/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

Cambrex On-Campus Recruiting Visit & Information session:   Come meet our team of experts to learn about how chemistry is applied in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing & our current and future career opportunities!   ALL Chemistry students and faculty are welcome to attend! It may be especially relevant to synthetic chemistry and analytical chemistry students. […]

By Denali Mokris
10/12/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The study of soil organic matter (SOM) degradation remains difficult to understand due to the heterogeneity and polydispersity of soils which lead to complex transformation pathways during decomposition. Wetland ecosystems act as a vital global carbon (C) sink, making the understanding of organic matter transformation under anoxic conditions necessary to understanding the […]

By Jacob VanderRoest
10/12/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Natural organic matter (NOM) is a mixture of organic molecules formed from the decomposition of biological material and can be found in the environment in soils, sediments, and water. NOM is directly relevant to both humans and broader ecosystems because it is a source of nutrients for microbes and vegetation and is […]

By Jamie Neely, Ph.D.
10/11/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: First row transition metals present opportunities for the discovery of novel catalytic transformations enabled by their distinct reactivity. Iron complexes are especially attractive as transition metal catalysts given that iron is generally nontoxic and is the most abundant d-block metal in the Earth’s crust. Research in the Neely focuses on the development […]

By Patrice M. Palmer
10/6/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Today, more than ever the University environment is becoming an increasingly diverse space for students, faculty and staff to navigate. Understanding the components of DEI is essential in engaging this ever changing social environment. This session allows for participants to gain a deeper understanding of DEI by understanding how we individually and […]

By Dr. Matthew Shores
10/3/22 at 4:00 pm in A101

Dr. Matthew Shores will be presenting a public presentation for the reappointment to Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

By Alexandra Velian, Ph.D.
9/27/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar A central research goal in the Velian group is to create next-generation single atom catalysts poised to harness the cooperativity between the active site and chemically non-innocent supports. To emulate defect sites in inorganic heterogeneous catalysts in a controlled fashion, we embed well-defined active sites on the surface of clusters and 2D […]

By Jeff Field, Ph.D.
9/23/22 at in

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By Colorado State University
9/22/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

An event for new GTA’s and Faculty: Assisting Students in Distress workshops were developed as part of a broad public health approach to help our campus community understand the potential role they play in maintaining campus mental health. The 75-90 minute faculty version models an effective interaction between a faculty member and a distressed student. […]

By Ian Moseley
9/20/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Control of electronic spin relaxation, via synthetic chemistry, is an important area of research for quantum information technology and next-generation medical imaging techniques. In particular, when considering the electronic relaxation of discrete molecules, the local environment (including nearby spins) plays a significant role in the rate at which spins relax. In this […]

By Alex Grenning, Ph.D.
9/19/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar:  Two Short Stories: (1) Developing a versatile contrathermal Cope rearrangement platform for enantioselective synthesis. (2) Toward atropselecitve disubstitution of nitroarenes. The Cope Rearrangement is a classic transformation of value to organic synthesis. Certain substrates classes  have been well developed due to their ready availability and generally favorable energetic profiles. Conversely, 3,3-dicyano-1,5-dienes have […]

By Parastoo Azadi, Ph.D.
9/14/22 at 2:00pm in Virtual Seminar - Zoom

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By David Milstein, Ph.D.
9/13/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

A Boulder Scientific Distinguished Lecture  About the Talk: Design and development of sustainable, environmentally benign catalytic reactions for organic synthesis and for energy-related processes are major goals of current catalysis. We have developed new efficient, environmentally benign reactions catalyzed by pincer-type transition metal complexes, including complexes of earth-abundant metals. Several of these reactions either produce […]

By Jia Niu, Ph.D.
9/2/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Seminar Abstract Macromolecules are ubiquitous in life and in human society. A long-term goal of our research group is to develop novel synthetic macromolecules that are degradable, derived from sustainable resources, possess a circular life cycle, or can serve as functional probes in biological investigations. In this seminar, I will discuss new strategies that enable […]

By Annette Erbse, Ph.D.
8/31/22 at 2:00pm in Virtual Seminar - Zoom

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By Volker Sauerland, Ph.D.
8/30/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our brand new Bruker ultrafleXtreme mass spectrometer, a state-of-the-art high resolution MALDI-TOF/TOF system that is well suited for the analysis of a wide variety of macromolecules like synthetic polymers, nanoparticles, proteins, peptides, and other biologically derived polymers, as well as small molecules that are difficult to analyze by […]

By Justin Sambur, Ph.D.
8/26/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

Are you a current student who has questions about the Materials Chemistry Program? Are you an incoming first year student who is interested in the materials chemistry program? Join Dr. Sambur for a Materials Chemistry Division meeting on Friday, August 26th at 4 PM in A101. We will discuss the division makeup, course work expectations, […]

By Various Speakers
8/6/22 at 8:30am in Canvas Stadium, 4th Floor

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By Bridget Gourley, Ph.D., and Nancy Levinger, Ph.D.
7/21/22 at 4:00pm in Yates 102/103

Are you curious about what it is like to have a career at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) that does not offer a M.S. or Ph.D.? Want to know more about the process of applying for positions at PUIs or even strategies for success in your early years? Join us this Thursday, July 21, for […]

By Merck Scientists
7/21/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

Join us this Thursday, July 21st, for an informational session with visiting scientists from Merck & Co. Dr. Jack Scott (Director – Discovery Chemistry) and Dr. Dan DiRocco (Principal scientist) will be speaking. Pizza will be served at the information session from 4-5pm in the Chemistry building. After the session, a happy hour from 5-6pm […]

By POSTPONED - Artem Filipenko, Ph.D.
6/15/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

POSTPONED until further notice. Special Analytical Seminar with ARC; details to be announced.

By Thomas Puleo
6/6/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Talk: The trifluoromethoxy (-OCF3) substituent has emerged as a prominent functional group in the development of new pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and functional materials. A widely utilized approach to form carbon-OCF3 bonds is nucleophilic substitution of electrophiles with trifluoromethoxide. Despite significant developments in this area, facile decomposition of trifluoromethoxide into difluorocarbonyl and fluoride has prevented […]

By Shawn Wright
6/6/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Talk: The beneficial effects of fluorine substitution on the ADME properties of drugs has been widely recognized and its presence in pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals has increased dramatically due to the development of reagents for facile fluorination and trifluoromethylation. Conversely, the pentafluorosulfanyl (–SF5) group remains underexplored due to the challenges of working with traditional […]

6/2/22 at 4:00pm in Translational Medicine Institute

Translational Talks & Networking Reception has a new look! Translational research is the engine that turns the knowledge created by biomedical scientists, social scientists, engineers, physicians, veterinarians, and innovators into important solutions for human and veterinary patients. CSU has a team dedicated to supporting human and veterinary clinical researchers who is building tools to aid […]

By Jeff Levy
5/31/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Nitroarenes are an important class of molecules found in pharmaceuticals and used as synthetic intermediates in the synthesis of more complex molecules. Because nitroarenes are very pi-deficient, they are challenging to halogenate via electrophilic aromatic substitution (EAS). Currently, these molecules can be halogenated at the meta position using solvent quantities of strong […]

5/26/22 at 9:00 am in Virtual Microsoft Teams Meeting

Please join us for a one-hour virtual seminar where we’ll share how technology and innovative chemistry is at the core of our scientific strategy to deliver world-class medicines to patients. The session is open to students of ALL levels and departments. MSTeams invite is below 9:00 AM (MT) Interview Panel: Michael VanHeyst, Team Leader, Medicinal […]

By Andrea Westlie
5/16/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Arguably the most facile synthetic approach towards sustainable polyesters is through the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic esters (or lactones). Robust methodology has been developed for the controlled ROP of these cyclic monomers at scale, but synthesis of these lactone monomers from bio-derived feedstocks can often be multi-step, energy intensive, low yielding, […]

5/13/22 at 9:00 am in Chemistry, B202


By CSU Ventures
5/3/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Hear about CSU Chemistry technologies and companies Learn about the Commercialization process at CSU Learn about opportunities to get involved! Food will be provided   Interested but can’t make it? Contact Steve Foster for more information:

By Kate Kostenkova
5/2/22 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar - Zoom

About the Seminar: This work will explore photoredox-Ni dual catalyzed sp2-sp3 cross-coupling, Diels-Alder, and hetero Diels-Alder reactions towards their use in synthesizing synthetic cannabinoids. These transformations are critical for medicinal chemistry applications to enable reactions between electron-rich dienes and electron-rich dienophiles and difficult sp3-sp2 cross-coupling reactions.  Additionally, these reactions can be used to synthesize JWH133 […]

By Chris Stubbs
4/29/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: In the modern world, polymeric materials dominate both commercial and consumer materials. From car tires to drug delivery capsules, the applications of polymers are nearly limitless. As such, there has been significant interest in understanding the structure-property relationships for both theoretical and real polymers. In particular, the effect of chain ends on […]

By Matthew McDermott
4/26/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

Visiting Scientist Seminar About the Seminar: The synthesis of inorganic materials, particularly via solid-state routes, often results in unexpected and/or unwanted product phases. While these phases are typically referred to as “kinetic” products, their formation can often be rationalized through careful application of thermodynamics at solid interfaces within an “open” framework, where chemical potentials of […]

By Jung-Jae Lee, Ph.D.
4/25/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Imaging techniques are a vital part of clinical diagnostics and biomedical research. Optical molecular imaging makes use of relatively harmless, low-energy light, and technically straightforward instrumentation. Bioluminescence imaging systems, particularly use of firefly luciferin, are attractive because they have inherently high signal contrast due to the lack of background emission. However, current […]

By Thinh Tran
4/22/22 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

About the Seminar: Solid-state synthesis is a popular method to explore and produce new functional materials. However, selectively synthesizing a product in solid-state is difficult because the target phase is competing with other chemical composition that are equally or more stable. The key is to selectively form intermediates that direct a reaction towards one product […]

By Anthony Campanella
4/19/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Imaging (EPRI) stands to vastly improve the capabilities of non-invasive medical imaging techniques by harnessing the sensitivity of electronic spins. In order for this technique to reach viability, a fundamental understanding of how to design the necessary imaging agents is imperative. Much research has been conducted into EPRI imaging […]

Tai-Yen Chen, Ph.D.
By Tai-Yen Chen, Ph.D.
4/14/22 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Copper enters cells through pores formed by trimeric Human copper transporter 1 (hCTR1). Elevated Cu induces clathrin-dependent endocytosis of hCTR1 and decreases the hCTR1 surface abundance by half.  However, it remains unclear how cells minimize the Cu-uptake activity of the remaining surface hCTR1.  This study examined the oligomeric states of hCTR1 complexes […]

By Michael T. Taylor, Ph.D.
4/11/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Covalent protein modification chemistries have become an essential component to a wide array of fields ranging from drug discovery and chemical biology to materials chemistry.  As a result,   the development of new bioconjugation chemistries with enhanced sophistication and new capabilities serve to not only enable access to protein conjugates with new functional […]

By Jesús Velázquez, Ph.D.
4/8/22 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Development of materials that address the growing dichotomy of simultaneously increasing energy demands and carbon emissions is an imperative that has progressively affected energy-related research efforts. An emerging technical avenue in this area is the conversion of vastly abundant renewable energy sources that can be harnessed and directed towards synthesis of traditionally […]

Frank Leibfarth, Ph.D.
By Frank Leibfarth, Ph.D.
4/4/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Plastics are the largest synthetic consumer product in the world, with an annual production of over 360 million metric tons annually. Despite the structural diversity enabled by modern advances in polymer synthesis, greater than 60% of world plastic production remains dominated by polyolefins. These high-volume, low-cost engineering thermoplastics are made from a […]

James McKone, Ph.D.
By James McKone, Ph.D.
4/1/22 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

About the Seminar: Our research group uses the principles of electrochemistry and engineering design to advance new technologies for sustainable energy and chemical production. This presentation will summarize ongoing work in our lab directed at developing technologies that use renewable electricity to decarbonize chemical manufacturing. First, I will lay out the enormous challenge of reconfiguring […]

By CSU Health Center & CGSO
3/31/22 at 4:00pm in Chemistry A101

About “The Stress Less Program”   During this interactive presentation, participants will gain better understanding of the stress response, the positive and negative effects of stress, and the influence of the mind/body connection to stress management. Students will participate in discussion and activities to help them better understand causes of stress, how to identify stress […]

By Jeremy Link
3/30/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Medical diagnostics account for less than 5% of total medical spending in the US, but the results of those diagnostics influence more than 70% of treatment decisions and further care. Traditional laboratory diagnostics are costly in terms of both money and the time it takes to receive results. Most lab-based methods require […]

By Kate McMahon
3/30/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Carbon has become a popular material for electrochemical sensors due to its wide availability, low cost, and excellent electrochemical properties. More importantly, carbon electrodes can take on several different forms, from robust thermoplastic electrodes to flexible stencil-printed electrodes. This allows carbon-based electrodes to be used in variety of different applications and environments […]

By Barbara A. Reisner, Ph.D.
3/29/22 at 4:00 pm in Virtual Seminar - Zoom

About the Seminar: A significant body of research is focused on student understanding of chemical concepts, particularly in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Few investigations have focused on more advanced courses. As part of the VIPEr Fellows project to study foundation-level inorganic chemistry courses, faculty from eighteen institutions used a series of open-ended questions […]

By Jake Greenwood
3/28/22 at 4:00pm in Virtual Seminar - Zoom

About the Seminar: Organoboron species are key reagents in organic synthesis, materials science, and drug discovery. Methods that install the boryl functional group are in high demand, especially those that provide a route to previously inaccessible organoboron intermediates. Potassium acyltrifluoroborate salts (KATs) are bench-stable reagents that display rapid condensation with nitrogen nucleophiles for amide-bond formation […]

By Christian W. Pester, Ph.D.
3/25/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The covalent attachment of polymers has emerged as a powerful strategy for the preparation of multi-functional surfaces. Patterned, surface-grafted polymer brushes provide spatial control over a variety of physical properties and allow for fabrication of ‘intelligent’ substrates which selectively adapt to their environment. This presentation describes recent advances in our group in […]

By Jamie Cuchiaro
3/9/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Cannabinoids are important industrial analytes commonly assayed with High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). In this study, we evaluate the suitability of MIL-53(Al), a commercially available MOF as a stationary phase for cannabinoid separations. The suitability of a MOF for a given separation is hypothesized to be limited by the ability of a given molecule to […]

By Holly Roth
3/9/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

While natural wildfires have been the principal landscape disturbance in boreal forests for the last 6000 years, warming climate and land management have increased the frequency and severity of wildfires in the western US. Wildfires can induce important ecological benefits to many ecosystems; however, severe wildfires may threaten soil health, water and air quality, and […]

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By Postponed until Spring 2023 David MacMillan, Ph.D.
2/28/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Williams Distinguished Lectureship

By Melanie Chiu, Ph.D.
2/25/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry, A101

Seminar abstract: This seminar will explore fundamental developments in polymer synthesis, including methods for controlling polymer dispersity and copolymer sequence. Growing evidence indicates that these parameters, dispersity and sequence, profoundly impact polymer material properties, such thermal stability and degradation profiles. Yet, methods for high-resolution control over these parameters are rare, preventing systematic correlation of polymer structure […]

Dr. Martin T. Zanni
By Martin Zanni, Ph.D.
2/24/22 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

Abstract:  I will present results in which we have placed semiconducting carbon nanotube thin films in between two highly reflective mirrors to create excitonic polaritons. The intensity of light inside cavities like these are so strong that the excitons on different nanotubes become coupled to one another, creating spatially delocalized wavefunctions. We have created a […]

By Postponed until Fall 2022 Ashley Ross, Ph.D.
2/23/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

By Miranda Conley
2/16/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar:   The prevalence and use of plastic has long been a source of both environmental and human health concern. Plastic is produced using bisphenol A (BPA), a non-naturally occurring chemical, that may enter the environment due to wastewater, leaching from products, and through human waste. Humans, generally, are exposed to BPA through consumption […]

By Elijah Barstis
2/16/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Point-of-care testing is essential for the rapid detection of analytes that allows for management and treatment of potentially treatable diseases. Current established lab techniques for quantification of such require trained scientific personnel, external resources, and instrumentation. One such technique is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), the gold standard for the detection and quantification of biomarkers, […]

By Thomas Morrison
2/15/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Unlike higher spin systems, the source of slow magnetic relaxation in S = ½ single molecule magnets is non-intuitive. Herein the magnetic and structural properties of several low spin Ni(III) systems are investigated in attempt to understand why such a system is able to undergo slow magnetic relaxation. Analyses of a bisulphate containing system suggest […]

By Alina Schimpf, Ph.D.
2/8/22 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: This talk will cover research being conducted in the Schimpf Lab, which focuses on solution-phase syntheses of inorganic solid-state materials. The talk will contain two parts: colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and cluster-based coordination assemblies. In the first part, I will discuss the use of colloidal synthesis to access metastable phases of transition metal […]

By Ozvaldo Gutierrez, Ph.D.
2/7/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Despite advances in high-throughput screening methods leading to a surge in the discovery of catalytic reactions, our knowledge of the molecular-level interactions in the rate- and selectivity-determining steps of catalytic reactions, especially those involving highly unstable and reactive open-shell intermediates, is rudimentary. These knowledge gaps prevent control, suppression or enhancement, of competing […]

By Darren Dixon, Ph.D.
2/4/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Amines are fundamental chemical motifs commonly found in molecules of importance to chemistry, biology and medicine. Their Lewis basic properties arising from the lone pair of electrons makes them ideal as ligands for transition metal catalysts and organometallic complexes. In nature they are often found contained within alkaloid secondary metabolites produced by […]

By Paul Cremer, Ph.D.
2/3/22 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar:   Paul S. Cremer, Department of Chemistry, Penn State University, University Park PA 16802 Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate, PI(4,5)P2 is one of the most negatively charged lipids in the plasma membrane of living cells with a net charge ranging from -3 to -5 near physiological pH. Its pendant phosphate groups bind tightly to divalent […]

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By Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
1/18/22 at 10:00 AM in Virtual

Presenters: Erich Altenhofer, Sr. Chemist, CMC Process Chemistry, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Madison, WI. Tania Mutchie, Sr. Scientist, Developmental Chemistry, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Madison, WI. Trevor Nykaza, Sr. Chemist, Developmental Chemistry, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Madison, WI.   Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 899 2304 2988 Passcode: 624957 One tap mobile +16699006833,,89923042988#,,,,*624957# US (San Jose) +12532158782,,89923042988#,,,,*624957# […]

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12/2/21 at 9:00 AM in Chemistry Research 401

Join our career development event to find out about chemistry career opportunities at ALS global. ALS provides a broad range of testing and analytical services to a wide variety of end markets and industries around the globe. ALS continues to remain at the forefront of the testing services industry, building an enviable reputation. Refreshments will […]

By Brooke Benson
12/1/21 at 10:30 AM in Virtual

Independent Research Proposal: The potato is one of the most prominent food crops in the world and is often regarded as the most accessible and affordable nongrain crop that has many health benefits. Each year, the world produces around 368 million metric tons of potatoes. That production is often threatened by diseases, causing a 10% […]

By COACS Industry Career Development Event
11/30/21 at 5:30 PM in Chemistry A101

Join Our Industry Panel Discussion Hosted by COACS-The Colorado Section of the American Chemical Society Panel Members: Dr. Nicholas Thornburg, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Thornburg is a chemical reaction engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. Nick has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in […]

By Robert Phipps, Ph.D.
11/18/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Non-covalent interactions play a crucial in all manner of chemical and biological processes. In recent times, the incorporation of non-covalent interactions into the design of small molecule catalysts has revolutionised the field of enantioselective catalysis. Our research is centred around applying catalyst designs incorporating non-covalent interactions to tackle selectivity challenges in synthetic […]

By Phil Buhlmann, Ph.D.
11/17/21 at 4:00 pm in Virtual

Hach Distinguished Speaker- About the Seminar: Sensors for the potentiometric detection of ions in liquids such as human body fluids or environmental waters are highly sensitive and selective analytical tools that offer a variety of advantages, such as simplicity of measurement, high analysis throughput, rapid detection, continuous on-line monitoring, and low cost of analysis. While […]

By Carlos Olivo-Delgado, Ph.D.
11/12/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Our first-year seminar is an introduction to the study of Chemistry from the perspective of research, problem-solving, and ethical reasoning. The course is primarily discussion-based and includes panels and invited speakers, especially from the department, to discuss their on-going research projects.  Since 2017, an innovated learning activity was integrated to the class […]

By Dani Lustig
11/11/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Photon upconversion is a process that converts low energy light into higher energy light. This process has the potential to dramatically improve the interaction of light and biological tissue through the local generation of visible light, which can allow for deep tissue bioimaging. However, frequently utilized photon upconversion systems historically incorporate toxic materials, […]

By Ricardo Peña
11/11/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: The discovery of new chemical reactions and the optimization of conditions, reagents, solvents, and catalysts are long-standing challenges for synthetic chemistry. From a different, more playful perspective, reaction optimization can be perceived as a game where the chemist tries to find the best combination of reagents and reaction conditions to achieve the highest […]

By Marin Wiltse
11/10/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: With the ever-growing population, food scarcity is becoming a more prominent issue, but part of this issue comes back to climate change and the extreme weather patterns that can destroy crops. Plant metabolomics is an emerging approach to better understand the relationship between environmental stressors, such as climatic, chemical, or biological events, and […]

By Alyssa Melvin
11/10/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar: A systematic approach for evaluating both the chemical and physical properties of materials for medical devices is necessary to achieve optimal performance. Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are highly-ordered, crystalline coordination polymers consisting of metal centers connected by organic linkers, useful for a variety of applications from gas storage to catalysis. To facilitate their incorporation […]

By Ian Anderson
11/9/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar: Understanding the physical and chemical behavior of metals is paramount for their development into materials. The frontier of metallurgical research exists at the nanoscale, specifically in the size regime of 1-3 nm where species known as atomically precise clusters predominate. These can be viewed as soluble metallic crystallites with exact formula protected by […]

By Valerie Schmidt, Ph.D.
11/8/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The selective generation and controlled reactivity of organic radicals continues to serve as inspiration for reaction development in chemical synthesis. These processes can provide access to unique reactivity platforms via distinct mechanisms providing new bond forming pathways and insights. This talk will describe recent advances in radical-mediated reaction development using P(IV)-intermediate and metal-ligand co-operativity approaches to functionalize olefin feedstocks. Efforts in methods development will be presented […]

By Adrienne Smiley
11/5/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have proven themselves to be a formidable contaminant due to their high persistence and their bioaccumulation properties, allowing them to be found both in humans and the environment. With over 4,000 variations of PFAS in existence for numerous industrial applications, it is exceedingly unlikely that these chemicals can […]

By Crystal Lundgren
11/5/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Light emitting devices such as LED displays and white light emitting headlights rely on light emitting materials to function. Solid state emitters are also being investigated for their potential for development of qubits in quantum information science. While hybrid lead halide perovskites are highly tunable and show unique intrinsic white light emission, the […]

By Qi Wang, Ph.D.
11/4/21 at 4:00 pm in Virtual

About the Seminar: The SARS-CoV-2 genome is replicated and transcribed by its RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, nsp12, along with several accessary cofactors, together known as the replication–transcription complex.  Helicase nsp13 is one of the cofactors that is essential for viral replication.  Structural analyses of the SARS-CoV-2 replication–transcription complex revealed that nsp12 stably binds to two copies […]

By Yayo Virgen
11/3/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Ultrafast laser spectroscopy can allow for the dynamics of biological systems to be investigated in ways not possible through other methods. Understanding the time-resolved dynamics of protein systems can more precisely elucidate the mechanisms that drive protein structure and function. Crystallins, are a class of proteins that predominantly form the cornea of the […]

By Jason Boes
11/3/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Bacterial testing is extensively utilized in the United States for health monitoring and preventative care. One situation in which it is particularly important is in the detection of Group B Streptococcus, or GBS, in pregnant individuals. GBS colonization during pregnancy is particularly dangerous for both the mother and child; it is estimated that […]

By Dan Windsor
11/2/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Lithium Metal Batteries (LMBs) are an exciting alternative to Lithium-ion Batteries (LIBs) due to the theoretical capacity of Li-metal anodes (3861 mAh/g). Despite this excitement, LMBs are plagued by gross instability during the Li plating/stripping process, which is thought to result from the formation of an unstable Solid-electrolyte Interphase (SEI). Much work has […]

By Emily Storck
11/2/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Oxynitrides and their ability to be synthesized are an important facet in the solid-state chemistry field. Their properties are more tunable than in their single-anion counterparts as anions exhibit different characteristics (i.e. electronegativity) that contribute to the overall properties of the material. However, difficulty in their synthesis arises due to the intrinsic stability […]

By David Price
10/29/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Petroleum derivatives have long served in the production of fuels, materials, and energy. As a fuel source, these derivatives have found to be resourceful in the transportation sector for many decades with respect to flight and on-ground travel. However, the combustion of these fuels leads to the production of gases and particulate matter […]

By Kristina Gansle
10/29/21 at 12:30 PM in Chemistry Research 401

Overview: As I spent my days researching away in the chemistry labs here at CSU over 20 years ago, little did I imagine the possibilities that awaited me working at Procter and Gamble.  Through my graduate experience, I could envision a future as an academic researcher or even as a scientist at a National Laboratory.  […]

By Claire Shugart
10/26/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Achieving luminescence with earth abundant metals at room temperature is a difficult task to this day. Minimal overlap between ligand and 3d orbitals means there are more low energy metal centered states which favor non radiative relaxation back to the ground state rather than luminescence. Prior to a 2020 report1 of the vanadium(III) […]

By Yusef Farah
10/21/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar: N3-dye is a popular chromophore in the family of Ru(bpy) transition-metal photocatalysts and is often used in the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) photovoltaic devices.  The interfacial structure and adsorption geometry of N3-dye affects the electron transfer kinetics within a DSSC device, which can influence the overall device efficiency. Heterodyne detected vibrational […]

By Miranda Conley
10/20/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemsitry A101

Literature Seminar: Oxytetracycline, an antibacterial medication, can enter the agricultural system inadvertantly via human or animal waste in the form of manure, biosolids, and crop irrigation with reclaimed water. Overexposure to the medication and functionally similar metabolites can increase bacterial resistance. Thus, it is important to understand the processes that control the fate and transport […]

By Trey Pittman
10/20/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Point-of-care testing (POCT) is crucial for rapid detection of analytes for non-communicable and communicable diseases because it allows for better disease management and treatment.  Established lab-based techniques for quantification of desired analytes are time and resource expensive. Electrochemical biosensors are a rapid and cheap alternative while maintaining sensitivity and selectivity in numerous biological […]

By Jessica Prenni
10/18/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Hops are one of the four primary raw ingredients used to make beer and they are employed by brewers to impart specific flavor and aroma profiles, particularly in craft beer styles.   These unique sensory attributes are a result of chemical compounds in hops such as alpha acids and terpenes which can vary […]

By Michael Van Erdewyk
10/15/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Independent Research Proposal: Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) nanoflake thin films are attractive electrode materials for photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar energy conversion and sensing applications, but their photocurrent quantum yields are generally lower than bulk TMD electrodes. In this seminar, I will discuss a single nanoflake photocurrent mapping approach to reveal how doping heterogeneity limits ensemble-level PEC performance. […]

By Tim Bertram, Ph.D.
10/13/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: Ocean emissions of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) are a major precursor for the production and growth of aerosol particles, which can act as seeds for the formation of cloud droplets in the marine atmosphere with the subsequent impacts on Earth’s climate. Global aircraft observations indicate that DMS is efficiently oxidized to hydroperoxymethyl thioformate […]

By Garret Miyake, Ph.D.
10/11/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Synthetic polymers are among the most important materials to modern society. The development of living and controlled polymerization methodologies has enabled the synthesis of precise macromolecular architectures with tailored polymer properties for diverse applications. This presentation will discuss the design, development, and use of organic photoredox catalysts in organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization for the […]

By A. Joshua Wand, Ph.D.
10/7/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

CGSO invited speaker About the Seminar: The thermodynamics of molecular recognition by proteins is a central determinant of complex biochemistry. For over a half-century, detailed cryogenic structures have provided deep insight into the energetic contributions to ligand binding by proteins. We have been pursuing the elusive contributions of conformational entropy. The development of a dynamical […]

By Delphine Farmer, Ph.D.
10/6/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

The chemical composition of the atmosphere controls the quality of the air we breathe, and the radiative balance of the planet. Reactive organic carbon plays a particularly important role in the atmosphere, acting as the fuel for oxidation reactions, a source of secondary organic aerosol, and a key ingredient for ozone production. Various sources emit […]

By Luke MacHale
10/5/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Chalcogen bonding is a non-covalent interaction involving a Lewis acidic chalcogen (S, Se, Te) atom and a Lewis basic nucleophile that largely involves electrostatics, charge-transfer, and dispersion as well as reduction of repulsion to form an interaction that is generally stronger than hydrogen bonding (15-20 kcal mol-1).1 Non-covalent interactions are key functions of ion-transport […]

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By Jeffery A. Byers, Ph.D.
10/4/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Opportunities in base-metal catalysis are highlighted in this lecture through the development of iron-based complexes that were originally designed as catalysts for ring-opening polymerization reactions, but were subsequently adapted to become useful catalysts for Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling reactions. The lecture will outline how redox-switchable ring-opening polymerization catalysts were developed and leveraged for the synthesis of […]

Katrina Puffer
By Katrina Puffer
10/1/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

Literature Seminar – Organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization (O-ATRP) is a reversible deactivation radical polymerization method that employs organic photoredox catalysts (PCs) and visible light to produce well-defined polymers. The use of organic PCs allows for polymerizations to occur under mild and energy-efficient conditions without use of rare-earth metals. Understanding the correlation between excited-state photophysical […]

By Kevin A. Franklin
10/1/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

Molecular crosslinks in polymers are added to increase mechanical strength and chemical resistances. Polymers, such as polyolefins, are difficult to install crosslinks as they have low functionality. Current Industry practice uses high energy hydrogen abstraction radical processes that have limited control. I will be presenting on a recent exciting development of a crosslinker capable of […]

Clara Tibbetts
By Clara Tibbetts
9/30/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research seminar – A need for effective energy storage drives research into improving and understanding current battery technologies. In lithium or sodium ion batteries, a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) is formed when electrolyte components are reduced. The SEI formed will impact battery lifetime and efficiency. Characterizing the structure and dynamics of the electrolyte solutions before […]

Justin Toole
By Justin Toole
9/29/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar – Over the past 20 years, 2-dimensional (2D) material research exploded after the discovery of a simple and effective graphene preparation technique (so-called ‘Scotch tape method’).  Mere van der Waals forces hold together the stacked layers of the atomically thin 2D material.  Beyond graphene, there are other 2D semiconducting materials with promising new […]

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By Bradley Guilliams
9/29/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar – Contrast allows us to distinguish an object from its background. In biological electron microscopy it is challenging to see the details inside of cells due to the relatively similar atomic makeup of all biomolecular building blocks. To remedy this, molecular species of interest are often “tagged” in order to provide contrast, typically […]

By Janelle Patrias, CSU Health Network
9/28/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

By Justin Sambur, Ph.D.
9/22/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Energy needs and environmental trends demand a large-scale transition to clean, renewable energy. Nanostructured materials are poised to play an important role in this transition. However, nanomaterials are chemically and structurally heterogeneous in size, shape, and surface structural features. My research group focuses on understanding the correlation between nanoparticle chemistry/structure and functional […]

By Shannon Boettcher, Ph.D.
9/14/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Commercialized membrane electrolyzers use acidic proton exchange membranes (PEMs). These systems offer high performance but require the use of expensive precious-metal catalysts such as IrO2 and Pt that are nominally stable under the locally acidic conditions of the ionomer. I will present our efforts to study and develop alternative electrolysis platforms. First, […]

By Michael McGraw
9/13/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

Independent Research Proposal:  Most modern catalysts utilize stationary nodes where catalyst- substrate interactions are intended. We are proposing a new class of organocatalysts that contain pendular nodes, where rapid isomerization or electron transport can give a single catalyst a set of moving nodes which allow one point on the molecule to rapidly switch from basic/nucleophilic […]

By Ryan Clarke
9/10/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry, A101

Research Seminar:  Conventional thermosets, despite their technological significance in today’s materials economy, present a modern sustainability challenge because densely crosslinked network structures preclude recyclability or reprocessability. Emerging covalent adaptable networks (CANs) rely on dynamic bond exchange imbedded within crosslinks to render thermoplastic processability and offer sustainable alternatives to permanently crosslinked materials, but ideal orthogonal working/reprocessing […]

By Steven A. Lopez, Ph.D.
9/2/21 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Photochemical reactions are increasingly important for the construction of value-added, strained organic architectures. Direct excitation and photoredox reactions typically require mild conditions and permit access highly strained molecules and new synthetic methodologies. The a priori design of photochemical reactions is challenging because degenerate excited states often result in competing reaction mechanisms to undesired products. Further, […]

By Chirag Patel
8/27/21 at 4:00 PM in

Independent Research Proposal Saturated aza-heterocycles are of great importance due to their abundance in bioactive molecules, natural products, and pharmaceuticals. The size of these rings can drastically alter their shape and binding properties. Ring expansion is a desirable strategy for medicinal chemists as it allows for conversion to analogues of varying ring sizes without the […]

By Nathan Gasparovic
7/13/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: Current mass spectrometry techniques assume a clear cut border between healthy & cancerous tissues during oncological studies. However, a recent paper has shown that this border does not display homogeneity in Medulloblastoma,  instead existing as a gradient of cancer-like cells. This has not been shown using microscopy and could mean a reworking […]

By Patrick Fricke
6/14/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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By Maggi Braasch-Turi
6/7/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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By Heide Murakami
6/7/21 at 4:30 PM in Virtual Seminar

Independent Research Proposal Abstract This proposal contains a synthesis to make a class of anti-cancer compounds for a potential immunotherapy treatment. We propose a new form of antibody drug conjugate that uses polyoxometalates (POMs) as a drug payload to increase the efficacy of oncolytic viruses for cancer treatment. Oxovanadates have a synergistic effect with oncolytic […]

By Cassidy Jackson
5/4/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar Achieving control of magnetic relaxation in molecules is an important goal for molecular spintronics, quantum information, and biomedical imaging. The main hurdle to using molecules in the foregoing applications is a lack of fundamental understanding of precisely how the environment modulates spin relaxation times (T1, T2). One part of this challenge is the presence […]

By Rebekka Klausen, Ph.D.
5/3/21 at 12:00PM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: In the Silicon Age, the experience of daily life includes tools made from this ubiquitous semiconductor: computers, solar cells, and many more. Yet silicon synthesis relies on top-down, high-temperature approaches that yield only the most thermodynamically stable forms of silicon. Uncovering new structure-function space demands a different synthetic vision. This talk will […]

By Alex Koegel
4/30/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar Intrinsic broadband white light emission has been observed in layered hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites with the formula (R-NH3+)PbBr4 and previously correlated to static lattice distortions. The structure and relevant electronic states of the inorganic layer are impacted by choice of the organic spacer cation (R-NH3+). The emission and structural dependence on the organic cation suggest […]

Ann Marie Carlton
By Ann Marie Carlton, Ph.D.
4/28/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: Inorganic salts can enhance (“salting-in”) or inhibit (“salting-out”) the partitioning of organic gases to aqueous solutions relative to that in pure water.  These phenomena may affect the composition and abundance of secondary organic aerosol (SOA), though their importance in the atmosphere is largely unconstrained at present.  In this work, we quantify the effects of […]

By Amanda Kale
4/27/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar Nanoparticles are used in a variety of areas, such as optoelectronics, medicine, and energy generation and storage. Different applications necessitate nanoparticles of different compositions and morphologies. Thus, developing fine synthetic control over phase and morphology is of interest to the field. Solution-phase nanoparticle synthesis allows control over particle shape and size, though phase […]

By Alex Hendricks
4/26/21 at 4:30 pm in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar The visualization of molecular-level processes within living organisms should be considered a cornerstone of next-generation medicine. To that end, ultrasound can noninvasively image deep tissue with high spatiotemporal resolution but is lacking in molecular-level biosensors analogously available to other imaging modalities1. Gas vesicle (GV) protein nanostructures have recently been proposed as ultrasound contrast […]

By Julius Stuart
4/26/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar Barcoding technology for object tracking continues to evolve in form, complexity and security. Recently, DNA has been used as a barcode allowing the user to encode information within the nucleic sequence, increasing the material’s storage density. However, the susceptibility of DNA to environmental damage (e.g., nuclease and ultraviolet (uv) light exposure) limits the […]

By Robin Cywar
4/26/21 at 2:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Independent Proposal Presentation Polypeptide synthesis by ring-opening polymerization of N-carboxy anhydrides requires stringent purity and air-free conditions, which undermines the potential of these materials. Recent methodology allows unpurified NCA polymerization to proceed rapidly, controllably, and in-air by using amphiphilic macroinitiators under emulsion conditions. This proposal is centered around developing a continuous emulsion-flow process and designing […]

By Jon Thai
4/23/21 at 4:00 PM in

Research Seminar: Metal-organic framework (MOF) nanosheets are promising materials for applications in heterogeneous catalysis as a greater proportion of their active metal sites are positioned on the exterior surface of the MOF relative to other particle morphologies.  Due to these limitations caused by substrate diffusion into MOF pores, my research efforts are focused towards developing […]

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4/22/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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By Abhishek Singharoy, Ph.D.
4/19/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: We report a 100-million atom-scale model of an entire cell organelle, a photosynthetic chromatophore vesicle from a purple bacterium, that reveals the cascade of energy conversion steps culminating in the generation of ATP from sunlight. Molecular dynamics simulations of this vesicle elucidate how the integral membrane complexes influence local curvature to tune […]

By Daniel Corbin
4/9/21 at 4:00 PM in

Research Seminar About the Seminar: Organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization (O-ATRP) is a method for producing well defined polymers under mild, metal-free conditions through the use of organic photoredox catalysis. Since the introduction of O-ATRP in 2014, much of the work in this field has focused on advancing this methodology through the development of new […]

By Isiah Warner, Ph.D.
4/7/21 at 4:00 PM in

HACH Distinguished Speaker About the Seminar: Our research has explored unique applications of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) for several years. More recently, we have extended the range of these materials to include applications of similar solid phase materials, i.e. organic salts with melting points of frozen ionic liquids (25 °C to 100 °C) up to […]

By Max Kudisch
4/6/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar Nickel-catalyzed cross coupling reactions driven by light represent a family of promising new methods to furnish carbon-hetoatom (C-N, C-O, and C-S) bonds which are highly sought after in medicinal and process chemistry, as well as in other fields. The development of a novel C-N bond formation method between aryl halides and amines that […]

By Scott Hansen, Ph.D.
4/5/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar Critical for numerous cellular functions is the dynamic interplay between cell surface receptors, small GTPases, and the enzymes that synthesize phosphatidylinositol phosphate (PIP) lipids. Using human neutrophils as a model system for cell polarity and migration, we find that small GTPases and PIP lipid modifying enzymes trigger a molecular signal that propagates […]

By Chris Rom
4/2/21 at 4:00 PM in

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3/31/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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By Felipe Garcia Alzate
3/26/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Photonic crystals are materials which possess a photonic band gap. When these band gaps are in the visible light regime structural color arises, precluding the need for toxic pigment or dyes to produce color. Structural color is widespread in nature with examples such as opal gemstones, butterfly wings, and responsive camouflage of chameleons. […]

By Keunhong Jeong, Ph.D.
3/25/21 at 4:00pm in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the key spectroscopic and medical imaging technology in both science and industry. However, high cost and effort for installation and maintenance of superconducting magnets and cryogenic conditions are major obstacles in taking full advantage of NMR and MRI. One way to overcome […]

By A. Filipenko, Ph.D. and P. Mbarushimana, Ph.D.
3/22/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Seminar presented by ARC-MMA and Bruker Speakers: A. Filipenko, Ph.D. – National Applied Markets Manager, Bruker Scientific, LLC P. Mbarushimana, Ph.D. – Application Scientist, Bruker Scientific, LLC Mass Spectrometry (MS) has become an indispensable tool for polymer analysis and has been widely used to study polymer structure and composition, end-groups and additives, molecular weight distribution, […]

By Jaclyn Brusso, Ph.D.
3/16/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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By Megan Dunlap
3/11/21 at 4:00 pm in Virtual Seminar

Research seminar: Super-resolution microscopy circumvents the diffraction limit of light so that emitters separated by ~5 nm can be resolved. While electron microscopy achieves better resolution, light microscopy records the fluorescence dynamics of the system, which are often indicative of underlying processes such as charge and energy transfer. However, most super-resolution images are acquired on […]

By Tyler Ozvat
3/9/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar MR thermometry would enable powerful biomedical applications with the design of novel cobalt-59 spin-base probes. Yet unrealized is the strong temperature dependence of structure-function relationship between ligand and nuclear spin in various cobalt complexes. Herein, a series of Co-N6 complexes is investigated to understand how to control temperature dependent nuclear spin properties of […]

By Chemistry Safety Meeting
2/24/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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By Rob Tuttle
2/23/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar Catalytic generation of nitric oxide (NO) at material surfaces improves implanted medical device performance. Devices containing the metal-organic framework (MOF) [(Cu4Cl)3–(BTTri)8] (CuBTTri) catalyze NO release from the endogenous tripeptide S-Nitrosoglutathione (GSNO). MOFs are hybrid inorganic-organic materials that are promising heterogeneous catalysts due to their tunability, well-defined geometry, porosity, and high surface area. We […]

By Eric Bloch, Ph.D.
2/16/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: Porosity in network solids, including zeolites, activated carbons, and metal-organic frameworks, has been widely interrogated for decades. In molecular metal-organic systems, however, it is a relatively novel phenomenon. This is somewhat surprising given the fact that porous organic cages can display surface areas that rival those of metal-organic frameworks. This talk will […]

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By Ralf Sudowe, Ph.D.
2/10/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

The goal of radioanalytical chemistry is to identify and quantify radioisotopes present in a variety of samples. It combines advanced radiochemical separations with state-of-the art radiation detection techniques and provides information on the origin, speciation and mobility of the material. It plays an important role in evaluating its impact on humans and the environment. The […]

By Daniel Gamelin, PH.D.
1/26/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: Yb3+-doped lead-halide perovskites (Yb3+:CsPb(Cl1-xBrx)3) have recently emerged as unique materials combining strong, tunable broadband absorption with near-infrared photoluminescence quantum yields (PLQYs) approaching 200% at ambient temperature. These remarkable properties make Yb3+:CsPb(Cl1-xBrx)3 an extremely promising candidate for spectral shaping in various solar-energy-conversion devices. This talk will describe some of our group’s recent research […]

By Erin Snyder
1/22/21 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Nanoparticles are emerging as a material of interest for photovoltaic applications. Current colloidal synthesis methods use long chain coordinating organic molecules as ligands to passivate the surface. Exchanging these ligands for smaller organic molecules or inorganic compounds is required to improve particle interactions for charge carrier transport. Current literature focuses on binary systems […]

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By Sara Thoi, Ph.D.
1/19/21 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

CGSO HOSTED EVENT About the seminar: Despite their high theoretical specific energy of 2,600 Wh kg-1, the commercialization of Li-S devices is hindered by irreversible capacity loss from the dissolution of polysulfide intermediates in the electrolyte solution. We report novel strategies to design reactive sites for polysulfide adsorption in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to improve capacity […]

Esther Amstad
By Esther Amstad, Ph.D.
1/14/21 at 9:00 AM in Virtual Seminar

About the Seminar: Nature produces soft materials possessing exceptional mechanical properties. These properties are to a large extent related to the well-defined structures and locally varying compositions of these natural materials. Key to the excellent control nature possesses over the structure and local composition of its materials is their fabrication: Many of these materials are […]

By Evan Miller
12/8/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Literature Seminar

By Professor Lauren J Webb
10/29/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Lipid bilayer membranes are complex, dynamic, and functional structures composed of a wide diversity of lipids, proteins, small molecules, and water organized in heterogeneous domains through noncovalent interactions. The structure and motion of these molecules generate large electric fields within the interior of the membrane that are critical to membrane structure and function. Here, we […]

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10/28/20 at 4:00 PM-8:00 PM in Virtual Seminars

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By Professor Dinorah Gambino
10/27/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual seminar

The diseases produced by trypanosomatid parasites, like American Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness, HAT) and Leishmaniasis constitute an urgent health problem gathered in the poorest regions of the world. These diseases are highly prevalent and classified as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by the World Health Organization (WHO) due to low historical investment […]

By Kevin Weeks
10/26/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

The functions of many RNA molecules – including mRNAs, long non-coding RNAs, and the genomes of RNA viruses – require that an RNA fold back on itself to create intricately and complexly folded structures. Until recently, however, we had little idea of the broad interrelationships between RNA structure and function because there simply did not […]

10/22/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

JOIN US FOR A WEBINAR ON BEST PRACTICES FOR SUPPORTING STUDENTS’ MENTAL HEALTH IN A VIRTUAL WORLD IN THIS SESSION, YOU WILL LEARN: 1) The Well-Being in Academic Environments Tool Kit (Based on successful initiative from University of Texas Austin) 2) Easy to implement strategies for fostering well-being, while creating effective learning environments 3) Additional […]

By Professor John Anderson, Ph.D.
10/20/20 at 4:00 pm in Virtual Seminar

Nature has inspired inorganic chemists to look beyond the immediate coordination sphere of complexes to tune and optimize reactivity. Two important themes have been the use of pendant proton donors/acceptors as well as incorporating redox-active moieties into ligand scaffolds. However, nature does not limit itself to an “either/or” strategy, and uses both of these features […]

By James Armstrong
10/16/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Research Seminar

Coinage metal-thiolate assemblies exemplify hierarchical structure and structure-property relationships.  They comprise structurally weak hydrogels of stacked sheets.  Inclusion of an anti-solvent in synthesis of these materials fundamentally changes their structure, resulting instead in colloidal amorphous metal complexes. The colloids undergo a hydration-dependent and reversible sol-gel transition.  Because the colloids are flexible, they morph in the […]

By Tyson Berg
10/14/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Ozone is a key air pollutant that impacts human and ecosystem health, and acts as a short-lived climate forcer. Despite being the focus of many decades or research, atmospheric ozone trends in urban areas can still be difficult to predict. Based on previous laboratory and modeling studies,1,2 heterogeneous uptake of atmospheric HO2 on […]

By Heidi Kreckel
10/14/20 at 4:30 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Biomechanical properties of cells have emerged as an important indicator in characterizing cancer tumor progression. Traditional biomechanical techniques are quite limited. Most are considered invasive and cannot be used to study the depth of both cellular and tissue microenvironments.  Brillouin confocal microscopy is a non-invasive, 3D optical technique commonly used in materials science […]

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By Brennan McBride
10/13/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Literature Seminar

The need for new metastable materials with exotic properties is at an all-time high. The Department of Energy has made it a primary research direction to investigate materials discovery using extreme synthesis conditions. Pressure can be used as a kinetic trap to stabilize or discover compounds that cannot be synthesized under ambient conditions. The high-pressure […]

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By Luke Salzar
10/13/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Literature Seminar

The rise of electronic devices developed and utilized around the world requires having a diverse set of energy storage devices with different properties. Pseudocapacitors have the potential to be used in devices where traditional energy storage devices fall short by possessing both high energy and power. Pseudocapacitors accomplish this by storing energy via a redox […]

By Matt Shores
10/9/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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By Brandaise Martinez
10/7/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar: Short chain fatty acid levels (SCFAs) in the gut have been demonstrated time and again to be of great importance to human health with wide ranging impacts, including correlation to depression. Detecting and quantifying SCFAs has been limited in sensitivity as well as in efficiency via the typical techniques of GC-MS, LC-MS/MS, and […]

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By Maddie Roach
10/7/20 at 4:30 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar The 2012 Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act placed 26 types of cannabinoid receptor agonists, also known as synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) into Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. This decision was made due to SCs high probability of causing adverse health effects, like reduced blood supply to the heart, kidney […]

By Professor Chris Ackerson
10/6/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Three vignettes on chemical synthesis comprise this talk. The first, related to Molecular Biology, describes the development of proteins that control the elemental composition, size and shape of inorganic nanoparticles are synthesized by these genetically engineered proteins. Because protein sequence is defined by DNA sequence and DNA is cloned during replication, these nanoparticles are termed […]

By Professor Rob Paton
10/5/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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9/30/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

The COVID pandemic has been an unforeseen, monumentally stressful experience to occur this year. Join us in talking with folks from the CSU Health Network to learn about how to cope with the stressors of going through graduate school during this pandemic. This Zoom talk and discussion will focus on dealing with stress in a […]

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By CGSO Event
9/25/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Are you a second year giving a virtual literature seminar this year who’s wondering how to give a successful talk? Join us and hear from folks who gave (and passed) their lit seminars! They will share tips and tricks on how they prepared and executed their lit sems, to help you get ready for yours. This […]

By Professor Renee R. Frontiera
9/24/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Plasmonic materials are highly promising photoredox catalysts for driving energetically unfavorable chemical reactions with light, due to their large optical cross sections and ability to generate a number of hot holes and electrons. However, the efficiencies of most plasmon-driven processes are quite low, likely due to the lack of mechanistic understanding of the underlying physical […]

By Delphine Farmer and Chuck Henry
9/18/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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By Kanda Borgognoni
9/15/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Research Seminar

Biological microscopic studies, once revolutionized by the discovery of clonable fluorophores like Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), engender foundational evidence for cellular processes via in situ protein labeling and tracking by fluorescence. As light microscopy is inherently diffraction limited, electron microscopy (EM) unveils details of cellular ultrastructure with nanometer scale resolution. The primary challenge of biological […]

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By Morgan McCauley
9/10/20 at 9:00 AM in Virtual Research Proposal Presentation

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. In general, pancreatic tumors are hypovascular and nutrient-deprived when compared to normal tissue or other cancer lines. As such, new cancer therapeutics are being investigated that utilize the “anti-austerity” strategy. An anti-austerity agents removes the ability of cancer cells to survive […]

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By Jewels Fallon
9/8/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Research Seminar Solid-state synthesis, especially at low-temperatures (T ≤ 400 ◦C) can be difficult due to the limited number of well-known and understood synthetic techniques and the barrier of solid-state diffusion that can inhibit reactivity. Flux reactions, traditionally involving inorganic melts, are one technique used to overcome solid-state diffusion at reduced temperatures. This research explores […]

By Professor Justin Sambur
9/2/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

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8/28/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual seminar

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8/25/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual seminar

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By Kyle Nottingham
6/30/20 at 10:00 am in Virtual Seminar

Independent Proposal Seminar Microsoft Teams Link About the Seminar: Metal carbenoids are versatile intermediates, facilitating C-C and C-heteroatom bond formation in a variety of examples. The most common approach to generate a carbenoid is by metal-induced decomposition of diazo compounds. While diazo compounds serve as the precursor in many useful carbenoid-mediated transformations, their thermal instability […]

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By Brian Newell, Ph.D.
6/30/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Link to seminar: About the Seminar: X-ray characterization is utilized as a tool to better understand the physical properties and chemical behavior of materials at the molecular level and guide the design of new and better materials. Examples of this process will be shown that involve both assistive and collaborative efforts providing a better understanding […]

By Claudia Boot, Ph.D.
6/24/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Click here for zoom link Meeting ID: 944 0350 6302 About the Seminar: The molecular structure of soil carbon pool is sensitive to global environmental change, and shifts in molecular structure influence processes that transport and transform that pool. The ecosystem metabolome represents an integrated picture of the collective features of the organic matter pool that […]

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By Abby Ward
6/24/20 at 3:00pm in Virtual Seminar

4th Year Proposal Seminar   Teams Link: Microsoft Teams Link

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By Merranda Schmid
3/13/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), due to their unique optoelectrical properties, have been studied for decades. These van der Waals semiconductors are stable under electrochemical conditions while having a desirable band gap suitable for absorbing a wide range of solar wavelengths without wasting much energy as seen in solar energy conversion devices. Mechanical exfoliation […]

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By Ronald Cohen, Ph.D.
3/11/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Observations of NO2 using orbiting UV/Vis spectrometers provide detailed images of cities. Interpreting the images provides insight into present day emissions and chemistry as well as a view into trends in chemistry over the last 15 years. In this talk I’ll describe development of methods that allow for accurate interpretation of the […]

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By Song Lin, Ph.D.
3/9/20 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Oxidation and reduction reactions are among the most important and frequently executed processes in organic synthesis. However, our ability to manipulate the oxidation states of functional groups in complex settings with high efficiency, precision, and minimal waste remains in a largely nascent stage. Owing to its many distinct characteristics, electrochemistry represents an […]

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By Matt Beard, Ph.D.
3/5/20 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Hybrid organic/inorganic semiconductors (HOIS) offer tremendous opportunities to control fundamental properties that underpin energy technologies. While currently there are enormous worldwide efforts exploring, exploiting and improving a narrow class of HOIS (lead-halide perovskites, such as methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3)), primarily for photovoltaic (PV) applications, an opportunity exists to transcend this initial focus […]

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By C. Patrick Royall, Ph.D.
3/4/20 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Gels are perhaps the most misunderstood of everyday materials. We begin by providing robust thermodynamic definitions of particulate gels [1], a journey which blends phase separation with one of the great materials science challenges of our time: the glass transition [2-3]. We have made significant steps in addressing the glass transition, and […]

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By Nancy Sottos, Ph.D.
3/2/20 at 4:00 PM in Cherokee Park Ballroom: Lory Student Center

Dr. Sottos’ research group studies the mechanics of complex, heterogeneous materials such as self-healing polymers, advanced composites, and thin film microelectronic devices, specializing in micro and nanoscale characterization of deformation and failure in these material systems. The State of Innovation speaker series, hosted by CSU Ventures, brings leading researchers and industry experts to engage with […]

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By Lily Moloney
2/28/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Solution-based synthetic methods are promising routes for making nanoparticles with applications in a wide variety of fields, including photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and for LED’s. Investigating the pathway and mechanism of these reactions leads to better synthesis rational and the ability to tune and improve fundamental structure/property relationships, leading to better device performance. The […]

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By Lane Baker, Ph.D.
2/26/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Traditional transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) measurements in conjunction with molecular biology techniques are widely used to inform the present understanding of transport at tissue interfaces. These techniques, which include well-known Using chamber experiments, provide an excellent opportunity to study active ion transport and ion permeability. However, most of these measurements represent the […]

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By Megan Thielges, Ph.D.
2/20/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Characterization of protein molecular recognition is challenged by both the spatial heterogeneity of proteins and the rapid interconversion of potentially important conformational states. Our group takes advantage of the potential for high temporal and spatial resolution provided by linear and two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy in combination with the spectral selectivity afforded by site-specific […]

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By David Lacy, Ph.D.
2/18/20 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Synthetic iron-based catalysts that functionally model iron dependent oxygenases are rare. Considering the large number of synthetic iron complexes, why is this? We are taking a close look at this question and, in the process, have come up with some design principles that are guiding our work towards developing synthetic iron-based catalysts […]

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By Nathan Jui, Ph.D.
2/17/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Over the past few years, our group has utilized photoredox catalysis to access highly-reactive radical intermediates. Our broader aims are centered on utilizing these intermediates to deliver structural motifs that are commonly found in drugs and agrochemicals. This lecture will include recent findings that have enabled us to overcome inherent difficulties in […]

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By Allee Klug
2/14/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar: Block copolymers are well-known for their ability to form nanostructures through microphase separation. These nanostructures provide useful and novel mechanical properties to materials ranging from rubber tires to biomedical devices. Formation of the core-shell sphere morphology by ABC triblock copolymers is being studied to create a fracture and fatigue resistant hydrogel. While AB […]

By Brian Maloney, M.S.
2/13/20 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The mental discipline required for a career in Chemistry bridges disparate disciplines and is applicable to whatever endeavor one wishes to pursue.  A Chemist’s understanding of fundamental principles of natural science as well as foundational underpinnings of dynamic systems augment perfectly the creativity required to solve myriad challenges present in the workplace, […]

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By Todd Deutsch, Ph.D.
2/5/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Solar-to-hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiency a common figure of merit for evaluating and comparing research results, and it largely establishes the prospect for successfully introducing commercial solar water-splitting systems. Present measurement practices do not follow well-defined standards, and common methods consistently overestimate performance. To remedy this need we confirmed underestimated influence factors and […]

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By Natalia Shustova, Ph.D.
1/31/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The study of energy transfer (ET) processes is a cornerstone of modern physical and inorganic chemistry, which is driven by growing demand in efficient energy transfer and conversion, necessary to build a sustainable energy society independent from fossil fuels. Specifically, materials with a predesigned pathway for ET can address the urgent needs […]

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By Ellen Matson, Ph.D.
1/28/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The Matson Group is investigating the synthesis, characterization and reactivity of multimetallic metal-oxide assemblies. Our principle interests rest in the exploration of unique redox properties and cooperative reactivity of heterometallic assemblies for multielectron chemical processes. Here, we report the synthesis and characterization of a family of vanadium oxide clusters, which serve as […]

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By Scott Miller, Ph.D.
1/27/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: This lecture will describe recent developments in our efforts to develop catalysts for asymmetric reactions, in particular for the preparation of densely functionalized, stereochemically complex structures.  Over time, our foci have been on enantioselectivity, site-selectivity and chemoselectivity.  In much of our current work, we are studying issues of enantioselectivity as a prelude to […]

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By Xavier Roy, Ph.D.
1/24/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The programmed assembly of nanoscale building blocks offers exciting new avenues to create materials in which structure and functions can be chemically designed and tuned. In this context, the synthesis of inorganic molecular clusters with atomically defined structures, compositions and surface chemistry provides a rich family of functional building elements. This presentation […]

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By Mark Thompson, Ph.D.
1/21/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

CGSO Sponsored Seminar About the Seminar: Heavy metal containing phosphors, especially iridium-based emitters, have become the standard in high performance mobile displays and televisions. The high spin orbit coupling in these compounds facilitates the efficient harvesting of both singlet and triplet excitons generated in the electroluminescent process. An alternative to Ir-based emitters are solely-organic emitters […]

By R. Colby Evans
12/4/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Research Seminar

Research Seminar Nanomaterials have tremendous potential to improve the performance of devices that store energy or reduce energy consumption. However, it is unknown how particle heterogeneity and particle-particle interactions affect overall device performance. In order to address this problem, the fundamental properties of individual nanoparticles must be better understood. In this talk, I will discuss […]

By Dakota Lorenz
12/3/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Tungsten trioxide has garnered interest for applications in energy efficient materials. Reversible electrochromism resulting in optical modulation makes tungsten trioxide a prime candidate for smart windows and digital displays. Optical modulation in transition metal oxides (TMOs) is often attributed to cation insertion; however, the physical mechanism responsible for these optical changes has not […]

By Cyrus Picou
12/3/20 at 4:30 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Dysregulation of cerebral blood flow is related to several diseases in humans, including Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), a technique commonly used to measure diffusion of fluorescent molecules in solution, is able to measure flow velocity of blood in mouse brain vessels. Fluorescent nanoparticles were […]

By Ben Boyle
12/3/20 at 10:00 am in Virtual Seminar

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By Carly Jewell
12/1/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Research Seminar

Research Seminar One of the challenges facing the world is the need to fulfill the growing demand for energy via renewable resources while minimizing CO2 emissions. Photoelectrochemical water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen is one such system capable of renewable solar energy conversion. Previously, we developed a water-oxidation photoanode consisting of nanostructured SnO2 coated with […]

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By Caleb Hill, Ph.D.
11/18/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 970 3219 2900 Passcode: 1872 About the Seminar: Numerous “two-dimensional” (2D) semiconducting materials, which possess covalent bonding in only two dimensions, exhibit emergent physical properties at the mono/few-layer limit which could potentially revolutionize the design of electronic and photonic devices. While ultrathin layers of 2D materials have been successfully prepared […]

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By Roxanna Martinez
11/17/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Literature Seminar

Literature Seminar Metal organic frameworks (MOF) have become of interest for application in radioactive environments as studies have shown γ-irradiation resistance in MOFs. MOFs are synthetically tunable which provides an advantage for a variety of applications. However, there is not a great understanding of what properties make MOFs resistant to radiation. This talk will focus on γ-irradiation […]

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By Nathan Neisius
11/17/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Literature Seminar

Literature Seminar Magic-sized clusters (MSCs) have recently been of interest as precursors in the synthesis of nanoparticles of potentially useful materials. They can be used to produce a narrower size distribution of the resulting nanoparticles (as opposed to simple salt precursors), and can be used to control morphology. However, the role of MSCs on the […]

By Felipe Garcia
11/13/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Literature Seminar

Literature Seminar The well-known plastic waste dilemma is largely contributed to by the inability to recycle thermoset polymers. Though these permanent polymer networks exhibit robust material properties such as strong chemical and thermal resistance, the shortcomings are their recyclability. Unlike non-permanent polymer networks, permanent networks cannot be recycled into products of any value. Efforts to […]

By Rachelle Austin
11/12/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Perovskite thin films hold remarkable promise for solar energy conversion applications due to their efficient long-range carrier transport. To maximize solar conversion efficiency, the mechanisms of carrier extraction, transport, and decay must be understood. In the presented study1, Transient Absorption Microscopy (TAM) is used to map carrier generation, diffusion, and recombination within methylammonium […]

By Shree Sowndarya Santhanalakkshmi Vejaykummar
11/12/20 at 4:30 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Usage of data driven approaches such as machine learning (ML) is raising due to the success they achieve in predicting outcomes in chemical problems.  However, there has been constant criticism from the scientific community about what do the ML based predictive models learn from the input data. A small step into understanding the […]

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By Allison Hubel, Ph.D.
11/11/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Since the 1970’s, conventional light microscopy has been used to characterize and quantify the response of biological systems to cryopreservation.  The high spatial resolution and chemical specificity of low temperature Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool by which to expand our understanding of cellular freezing response.  Studies that describe intracellular ice formation, interactions between cryoprotective […]

By Prof. Julia Zaikina
11/10/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual seminar

Materials discovery can be accelerated by the development of synthesis methods and in-situ characterization techniques allowing for the rapid “screening” of multicomponent systems, while theoretical predictions of new compounds’ structure and thermodynamic stability can yield the desired roadmap for the targeted synthesis. However, the sluggish kinetics of solid-state reactions entails the necessity of high temperatures […]

By Rong Tong, Ph.D.
11/6/20 at 2:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Polymers are all around us – from our daily use to biopolymers and therapeutics. Inspired by recent advances in chemistry, molecular pharmaceutics and biotechnology, on-demand and triggerable “smart” systems offers opportunities from precisely synthesis of polymers to delivering drugs in dose-, spatial- and temporal- controlled manners. This seminar will mainly discuss our ongoing efforts in […]

By Autumn Wyatt
11/5/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar: Surface stability is one driving factor for choosing an electrode. This beneficial property ensures control over the electrochemical processes occurring at the surface. Platinum is a common electrode due to its surface being insensitive to adsorbate interactions. However, it has recently been shown1 that the platinum surface does restructure during oxidation/reduction cycles in […]

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By Nathan Gasparovic
11/4/20 at 4:30 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar The Eastern Cape of South Africa has experienced a major water crisis in recent years, which could lead to desperation and the consumption of river water by economically disadvantaged areas. Due to this possible consumption, the monitoring and identity of pollutants within local waterways is highly important in order to protect the health […]

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By Sam Zhang
11/4/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Seminar

Literature Seminar Cellular labile copper(I) as dynamic and loosely bound Cu(I) stores play an important role in cell signaling. Current fluorescent has the inconsistency issue in qualitative measurement across different samples due to the heterogeneity between cells. The new ratiometric Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) probe, FRET Copper Probe-1(FCP-1), is developed with a self-calibration nature […]

By Phillip Window
11/3/20 at 4:00 PM in Virtual Research Seminar

Research Seminar Gold nanoclusters have unique properties and solvable structures which allows for interesting investigations into the origins of their properties for various applications from a core prospective and a ligand prospective. With superatomic orbitals, they present new avenues to different chemistry including orbitals that are not seen in other materials. Within this study, the electronic structure and magnetism of larger gold nanoclusters is […]

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By Carlos Baiz, Ph.D.
1/16/20 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Lipid membranes are much more than barriers between cell compartments, they are integral components of the cell involved in key functions such as signaling, transport, and sensing. Membranes are composed of hundreds of different lipid species and contain thousands of proteins. The biological reason for this heterogeneity is not understood. We use […]

By Safety Meeting
12/9/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Department Safety Meeting Here are some agenda topics: 1) Safety moments from two research groups 2) Proper handling of sharps 3) Proper handling of trash as it relates to safety 4) Anthony Appleton, OVPR’s Research Safety Culture Coordinator, will visit and discuss his research safety culture program.

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By Alireza Shakerpoor
12/5/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Numerous previous studies have suggested that the universal thermal and vibrational properties of amorphous solids which are at variance with crystalline solids, e.g.  low-temperature scaling of the heat capacity with temperature, stronger sound damping at low temperatures, and the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity, are linked to the local inhomogeneous elastic response […]

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By Luke Guerrieri
11/22/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar The successful management of Diabetes Mellitus depends on the assessment of long-term blood glucose concentrations. Time dependent fluctuations of blood glucose make it an impractical clinical marker for disease management. The glycated hemoglobin, HbA1c, is the standard clinical marker for diabetes monitoring. Current methodologies for assessing HbA1c content are susceptible to interpatient variability […]

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By Ryan Weber
11/21/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Coumarin–peptide derivatives are ideal for the design of switchable self-assembling biomaterials with applications in nanoelectronics. We probe the role of hydrophobicity and aromaticity in the stability and pH-switchability of (RXDX)4 fibers using molecular dynamic simulations. Furthermore, we study the effect of mutating a single hydrophobic residue in the (RXDX)4 to an unnatural coumarin […]

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By Holly Roth
11/20/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Dissolved organic matter (DOM) and microbial communities are intimately connected yet are often studied independently of one another. During respiration, soil microbes pair the transfer of an electron from carbon to a terminal electron acceptor such as oxygen, thereby transforming the available carbon in the system. Elucidating the dynamic interactions between the two […]

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By Jeremy Link
11/20/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar In 2010, the World Health Organization reported that foodborne pathogens caused over 600 million illnesses and over 400,000 deaths in that year alone.1 Because of this, it is important to be able to detect these types of pathogens to prevent outbreaks from occurring. Most of the common bacterial detection methods require a centralized […]

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By Shane Ardo, Ph.D.
11/19/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Protonic (H+) processes that occur in water in the dark are identical to electronic (e–) processes that occur in semiconductors in the dark; for this reason, my team defines water as a protonic semiconductor. Using this fact, over a half-century ago Prof. John Bockris demonstrated that hydrated bipolar ion-selective membranes can form […]

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By Peng Liu, Ph.D.
11/18/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Due to limited mechanistic insights and the complexity of catalyst-substrate interactions, catalyst design and optimization in transition metal catalysis are often based on chemical intuition and experimental trial-and-error. I will discuss our recent efforts to utilize a streamlined computational approach to understand and predict the reactivity and selectivity of various transition metal […]

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By Jake Anderson
11/15/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar The self-assembly of diphenylalanine (FF) into macroscopic nanostructures has prompted a wide variety of potential applications to be proposed including use as a nanowire scaffold, as a means for drug delivery, and as an antibacterial agent. These applications, among others, are predicated on the rational modification of FF to self-assemble into an optimized […]

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By Seonah Kim, Ph.D.
11/14/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The overarching goal of our group is to develop new methods to extract sustainable fuels and chemicals from plants. Our approach has been to develop and apply computational tools to both biological and chemical conversion processes as part of an iterative ‘model-validate-predict’ design process for de novo catalysts. With its high carbon […]

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By Sarah Stanley
11/13/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar The most commonly used method of quantification for single- and double-stranded nucleic acid species is UV spectrophotometry. Beer’s law relates the absorbance of a sample with the pathlength, concentration and attenuation coefficient (ε). For nucleic acids, an average mass attenuation coefficient is applied to approximately quantify the species independent of base composition. There […]

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By Michaela Burnley
11/13/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Food authenticity is important for both public safety and economic reasons. Potentially dangerous substitutions or additions may be made to food in order to increase profit either by increasing production or by improving the apparent quality of the product. In central and southern Italy, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana (MBC) is a vital part […]

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By Ian Moseley
11/12/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar My literature seminar will investigate recent advances in the field of metal-free catalysts for the reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia. Ammonia is a critical component of fertilizers, and is not produced naturally in large quantities. The nitrogen reduction reaction is one of the most important industrial chemical processes, as it enables the mass […]

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By Anthony Campanella
11/12/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Targeted alpha therapy represents an underdeveloped area of cancer treatment. Alpha particles have demonstrated a high degree of cytotoxicity, which when harnessed, can be effective at inducing apoptosis in cancer cells. However, due to the low natural abundance of alpha-emitting radioisotopes and their sparsely studied chemistry, Radium-223 is the only FDA approved radioisotope […]

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By David Wiemer, Ph.D.
11/11/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar The linear intermediates in mammalian isoprenoid biosynthesis once were viewed as serving only as precursors to cholesterol and other steroids, but it is now well-established that they have much more complex functions. The longer-chain compounds farnesyl diphosphate and geranylgeranyl diphosphate commonly are employed in protein prenylation, converting proteins to lipoproteins, which is […]

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By Thinh Tran
11/8/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar The development of new functional materials is essential to the progression of our technology. The syntheses for materials with desired properties are necessary but challenging to control. As an example, rare earth metal molybdenum oxides are a chemical group that offer a variety of physical properties as the molybdenum ion can accommodate different […]

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By Heidi Klem
11/7/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Computational modeling techniques, such as molecular dynamics, have provided valuable insight into chemistry over the years and continue to advance the field concurrently as these methods are developed to be more efficient and accurate. One of the greatest limitations molecular dynamics faces is computational efficiency; many interesting dynamics occur on a timescale that […]

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By Courtney Hazelton-Harrington
11/7/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Listeriolysin O (LLO) is a toxic protein secreted by the pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, which has spurred several food-borne outbreaks in recent years. LLO mediates the entryway of Listeria into host tissues by assembling transmembrane pores and therefore, LLO is an important target for the development of antimicrobial defenses to combat the spread of […]

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By Bryce Sadtler, Ph.D.
11/6/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Defect engineering is a strategy that has been widely used to design active semiconductor photocatalysts. However, understanding the role of defects, such as oxygen vacancies, in controlling photocatalytic activity remains a challenge. In this talk I will discuss the use of chemically triggered fluorogenic probes to study the spatial distribution of active […]

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By Kate Kostenkova
11/5/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an emerging cancer treatment based on the interactions between light, a photosensitizing drug and oxygen, which create reactive oxygen species (ROS), killing cells in a localized region. Although PDT is efficient for the local destruction of tumors, the treatment is still ineffective in systemic tumor elimination, so other treatment […]

By Sarah Parker, Ph.D.
11/4/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Join Dr. Sara Parker from the Intel Corporation for an information session. She will discuss Intel’s development of silicon process technology from an engineering perspective – the importance of Moore’s Law. To succeed in a changing industry, Intel is dedicated to continue its investment in inventing and developing new technologies – through the application of […]

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By Christopher Gale
10/31/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) are a new and intriguing class of solvents that enable novel chemical reactions and offer green alternatives for a variety of processes. However, little is known about the complex interactions between the salts that comprise a DES. A paper by Faraone, et al, seeks to learn more about these […]

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By Guilian Luchini
10/31/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Using quantum mechanical principles and aspects of statistical mechanics, we can use software packages to accurately calculate energetic and thermodynamic values on a molecular basis. With Density Functional Theory (DFT), these values are approximated from the electron density of the provided molecular system. I will discuss a paper by Andrea N. Bootsma and […]

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By Lucas Quintana
10/30/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Increasing amounts of atmospheric CO2 has led to a recent resurgence in carbon capture processes for renewable energy storage. Production and storage of methane through CO2 and CO methanation have been widely accepted as the process by which carbon capture is performed. Widespread utilization of this process has been low, especially with CO2 […]

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By Alex Manning
10/30/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar In 2018, antibiotic resistant bacterial infections were the source of $2 billion (U.S.) in medical bills in the United States alone. With rising antibiotic resistance, prevention of infection by chemical disinfection prior to the development of an infection is preferred over treating an infection. Production of typical chemical disinfectants, however, carries its own […]

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By Kevin Votaw
10/28/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar The viral matrix protein (VP40) is crucial to multiple steps of the Ebola Virus (EBOV) lifecycle, including the regulation of transcription and viral egress. In the cytosol, VP40 monomers spontaneously dimerize and migrate to the inner-cell membrane where a reorientation causes partial penetration of the membrane and hexamer formation. Further oligomerization of […]

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By Kelly Du Pont
10/28/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Influenza A viruses (IAV) are major human respiratory pathogens that cause annual epidemics and occasional pandemics globally. IAV has evolved its viral proteins to interact with cellular proteins to aid in the regulation of viral replication and ultimately cause disease pathogenesis. More specifically, the ribonucleoprotein complexes (RNPs) interact with many host cell […]

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By Robert F. Klie, Ph.D.
10/28/19 at 4:00 PM in LSC Room 322

About the Seminar: Over the last two decades, we have witnessed a paradigm change in the way we characterize materials using electron microscopy. This latest revolution in resolution began in the late 1990’s with the first successful implementation of an objective lens aberration corrector, which improved the spatial resolution of transmission (TEM) and scanning transmission […]

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By Kallie Willets, Ph.D.
10/23/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Plasmonic nanostructures have long been appreciated for their ability to harvest light and transform it into other forms, including thermal energy and chemical energy (through the production of high energy charge carriers, e.g. hot electrons and hot holes). Both hot charge carriers and elevated temperatures at nanoparticle surfaces can increase the efficiency […]

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By Kate McMahon
10/22/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Heavy metal detection has received significant attention in recent years due to the increasing risk to human health and surrounding ecosystems. Here, the term heavy metal will encompass transition and post transition metals. Heavy metals that pose concern can span from biologically relevant transition metals like copper and zinc, to post transition metals […]

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By Phil S. Baran Ph.D.
10/21/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

RMW Scientific Consulting Distinguished Lectureship in Organic Chemistry

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By Mostafa Yourdkhani, Ph.D.
10/18/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The superior thermochemical stability and mechanical performance of thermoset polymers and their composites has facilitated widespread adoption of these materials in aerospace, automotive, marine, and energy sectors. The curing process of thermosets often requires heating the resin for several hours at elevated temperatures (ca. 180 °C) in large ovens or autoclaves, leading […]

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By Craig Hill, Ph.D.
10/15/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The very diverse geometrical and electronic structures of inorganic clusters, and in particular early-transition metal polyoxometalates (POMs), give these complex polyanions an extensive, usually reversible and tunable redox chemistry and other properties of value in several fields. A subset of this chemistry is that POMs are effective catalysts for oxidations, including air(O2)-based […]

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By Hailey Hibbard
10/14/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Amine functional groups are both ubiquitous and important throughout many industries. Amines are a common motif in pharmaceuticals, as amino acid building blocks, mimicking amine-based neurotransmitters, or to improve solubility of drug formulations. One of the most common ways to add amines to molecules is via nitration and subsequent reduction. However, there […]

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By Kelly Nieto
10/11/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar: Recent advances in electrified technology, such as electric cars, are requiring more energy dense storage. To satisfy this need, many investigations are focused on discovering new types of cathode and anode materials for batteries. To elucidate advantageous properties of these new electrode materials, common electrochemical methods and structural characterization techniques, such as galvanostatic […]

By David Mast
10/10/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

David Mast earned the B.S. degree in chemistry in 2017 and is currently a PhD candidate in the group of Jonathan Sweedler in the Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. About the Seminar: D-amino acid-containing peptides (DAACPs) result from an unusual post translational modification (PTM) where an all-L peptide is isomerized at a single […]

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By John F. Berry, Ph.D.
10/8/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Ammonia has arisen as an attractive potential large-scale energy carrier due to its improved storage and transport over hydrogen, provoking calls to explore a potential Nitrogen Economy. Two fundamental technologies are needed in order to realize a zero-carbon nitrogen energy economy: (1) Ammonia synthesis from solar electricity, and (2) high-performance direct ammonia […]

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By Andy McNally, Ph.D.
10/7/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Selective methods that can functionalize electron-deficient heterocycles are in great demand due to their prevalence in biologically active compounds. Pyridines and diazines, in particular, are widespread components of pharmaceutical compounds yet methods to transform these motifs into valuable derivatives are still greatly sought after. We will present a selection of catalytic and […]

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By P. Lee Ferguson, Ph.D.
10/2/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Recent advancements in high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) and its application to the field of environmental chemistry have for the first time made possible identification of emerging contaminants in complex environmental mixtures without a priori knowledge of contaminant identity or occurrence. Here, I present a strategy and series of novel analytical workflows based […]

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By Ana de Bettencourt Dias , Ph.D.
10/1/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The luminescence of lanthanide ions is based on f-f transitions. Due to the core nature of the 4f orbitals involved in the process, as well as the forbidden nature of these transitions, the emission properties make these ions uniquely suited for a variety of applications involving light emission, such as lighting, imaging, […]

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9/30/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

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By Toshiyuki Itoh, Ph.D, FRSC
9/20/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Ionic liquids (ILs) have attracted growing interest among the various fields of science and technology because of their characteristics, such as less-volatility, less-flammability, high ion conductivity, and unique solubility towards many organic and inorganic compounds [1]. We have been investigating the possibility of ILs for both the materials sciences and organic syntheses […]

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By Joaquín Rodríguez-López, Ph.D.
9/18/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Elucidating and controlling interfacial reactivity is key to a broad scope of electrochemical studies of catalysts, sensors, and energy storage media. I will present a modern approach to understanding the electrochemical interface using scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), a scanned probe technique capable of delivering high spatiotemporal and chemical redox resolution at active […]

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By Robert Cave, Ph.D.
9/12/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Electron tunneling is a foundational part of biological energy transduction systems, as well as an integral feature in synthetic attempts to harness solar energy. The quest for ever-smaller computing components has focused on “molecular wires” where rapid, controllable electron transfer is of primary importance. Reliable control of electron flow requires understanding what […]

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By Patrick Unwin Ph.D.
9/11/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Electrodes used in electrochemistry, with applications in electrocatalysis, energy storage, sensor technologies and corrosion, show heterogeneity and complexity on a range of lengthscales. The activity of these electrodes is often determined by old classical macroscopic electrochemical techniques that provide the average response of an electrode and are unable to detect and analyze […]

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By Joe Zadrozny, Ph.D.
9/10/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Overview of Inorganic Program

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By Ayman Karim, Ph.D.
9/6/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Nanoparticles are becoming the enabling building blocks of materials for many applications including fuel cells, biosensors, batteries, photovoltaics, and catalysts. The nanoparticles’ size/shape and their distributions are often key to their specific, desired properties. Colloidal synthesis is one of the most tunable methods (using a variety of ligands and reaction conditions) to […]

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By Edmund Palermo, Ph.D.
9/5/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The Palermo laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focuses on advanced functional polymer synthesis, with an emphasis on molecular-level biomimicry. We seek to develop next-generation biomaterials with unprecedented control of structure, property, and activity. In this talk, I will highlight three main thrust areas. (1) Firstly, we examine self-immolative polymers, which are reversibly […]

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By Jamie Neilson, Ph.D.
8/30/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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By Ira Weinstock, Ph.D.
8/26/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: In recent years, we have used porous icosahedral-symmetry metal-oxide capsules, of the type,[{MoVI6O21(H2O)6}12{MoV2O4(L)}30]42– {Mo132} (L = an endohedrally-coordinated carboxylate anion), to investigate organic reactions within nano-confined domains in water. Using the capsule as a soluble analogue of porous solid-state (rigid) oxides, we initially showed that branched-alkane carboxylate “guests” could enter the capsule’s […]

By Leslie Buttroff, Ph.D.
8/22/19 at 9:00 am in Chemistry B201

8/21/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Cryo-Electron Microscopy: How you can use it to solve biomolecular structures for your research. Symposium Speakers: Location: Yates 102 12:30-1:30 pm          Dr. Jeffrey Kieft:  Catching up to the cutting edge: Bringing and sustaining Cryo-EM on the Anschutz Medical Campus 1:30-2:30 pm            Dr. Francisco Asturias:  Cryo-EM at […]

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8/15/19 at Noon - 1 p.m. in Morgan Library Event Hall

*Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and light refreshments will be served* Details about webinar that will be shown can be found here:

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7/25/19 at 4:00 PM in Translational Medicine Institute: Grand Events Hall 3rd Floor (TMI 330)

For More Information contact: Heather Pidcoke, Please join us for the next session of TMI Research Pillar Talks! The goal of this series is to provide a forum in which to present topics related to research, including research ideas, research support, innovation support, proposals, protocols, data, abstracts, posters, or oral presentations for discussion with […]

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By Tohru Fukuyama, Ph.D.
6/14/19 at 9:00 am in Chemistry Research 401

Summer International Scholars Seminar Series: Part 6 Professor Fukuyama is one of the most internationally renowned scholars in the field of organic synthesis, complex natural products synthesis and synthetic methodology. He has tackled some of the most dauntingly challenging and complex heterocyclic natural products. His list of achievements puts Fukuyama in a class by himself. […]

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By Tohru Fukuyama, Ph.D.
6/13/19 at 12:00 PM in Chemistry Research 401

Summer International Scholars Seminar Series: Part 5 Professor Fukuyama is one of the most internationally renowned scholars in the field of organic synthesis, complex natural products synthesis and synthetic methodology. He has tackled some of the most dauntingly challenging and complex heterocyclic natural products. His list of achievements puts Fukuyama in a class by himself. […]

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By Tohru Fukuyama, Ph.D.
6/12/19 at 9:00 am in Chemistry Research 401

Summer International Scholars Seminar Series: Part 4 Professor Fukuyama is one of the most internationally renowned scholars in the field of organic synthesis, complex natural products synthesis and synthetic methodology. He has tackled some of the most dauntingly challenging and complex heterocyclic natural products. His list of achievements puts Fukuyama in a class by himself. […]

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By Tohru Fukuyama, Ph.D.
6/11/19 at 12:00 PM in Chemistry Research 401

Summer International Scholars Seminar Series: Part 3 Professor Fukuyama is one of the most internationally renowned scholars in the field of organic synthesis, complex natural products synthesis and synthetic methodology. He has tackled some of the most dauntingly challenging and complex heterocyclic natural products. His list of achievements puts Fukuyama in a class by himself. […]

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By Sylvie Roke, Ph.D.
6/11/19 at 4:00 PM in Yates 102-103

About the seminar: Approximately sixty percent of the mass of the human body is composed of water. Water is not the passive background against which biology unfolds, but an active participator in change. The structural and dynamical properties of water determine the outcome of biological and chemical change. This change occurs at interfaces and in […]

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By Tohru Fukuyama, Ph.D.
6/10/19 at 12:00 PM in Chemistry Research 401

Summer International Scholars Seminar Series: Part 2 Professor Fukuyama is one of the most internationally renowned scholars in the field of organic synthesis, complex natural products synthesis and synthetic methodology. He has tackled some of the most dauntingly challenging and complex heterocyclic natural products. His list of achievements puts Fukuyama in a class by himself. […]

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By Tohru Fukuyama, Ph.D.
6/5/19 at 9:00 am in Chemistry Research 401

Summer International Scholars Seminar Series: Part 1 Professor Fukuyama is one of the most internationally renowned scholars in the field of organic synthesis, complex natural products synthesis and synthetic methodology.  He has tackled some of the most dauntingly challenging and complex heterocyclic natural products. His list of achievements puts Fukuyama in a class by himself.  […]

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By Dana Sedin, Ph.D.
5/9/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Speaker: Dana Sedin in the Analyitical Lab Manager for New Belguim.

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By Chuck Henry, Ph.D.
5/8/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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By Brian Michel, Ph.D.
5/6/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Ethylene is an important plant hormone that is involved in a variety of developmental processes including agriculturally important ripening of certain fruits. Owing to its significant roles, a number of approaches have previously been developed to detect ethylene via molecular interactions. However, there are no current approaches for detection that are selective […]

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By Paul Todd
5/3/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract The discovery of functional complex oxides requires the development of new low-temperature syntheses that can selectively form a desired material. Low-temperature solid-state reactions provide conditions that allow for kinetic control of the reaction pathway, which can lead to the discovery of new materials, or synthesis of materials that lie away from thermodynamic […]

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By Alyssa Kava
5/1/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Heavy metal pollution is ubiquitous throughout the environment, often a result of anthropogenic sources, and chronic or acute exposures have significant negative impacts on human and environmental health. Current, centralized laboratory testing is often insufficient for large-scale environmental testing and limiting exposures as a result of high costs ($100s per sample) and […]

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By Jennifer Lee
4/26/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Ternary copper-based semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs) have emerged as promising materials for photovoltaic absorbers because they are composed of nontoxic, earth-abundant elements and potentially offer tunability of optoelectronic properties. The compound copper selenophosphate, Cu3PSe4, is often overlooked but is of interest as a p-type absorber, motivated by theory predicting a competitive efficiency of […]

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By Brooke Livesay
4/23/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract The electronic absorption and magnetic properties of iron(II) are vastly different depending on the spin state. Iron(II) can reversibly switch its spin state through perturbation, like temperature, intermolecular interactions, coordination environment, or moderate changes on the ligand (e.g. isomerization, protonation). However, to our knowledge, there are no reports of spin state switching […]

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By Dave Martin, Ph.D.
4/22/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Alcohols are one of the most prevalent classes of organic molecules in natural products, while C–H bonds are ubiquitous in diverse compounds from complex medicines to simple hydrocarbons. We are investigating the use of cobalt complexes as light-driven catalysts for the activation of alcohols without prefunctionalization. Applications to deoxygenation as well as […]

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By Yang Shao-Horn, Ph.D.
4/19/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar  Electrochemistry is used widely today, spanning from production of hydrogen and metals such as aluminum and Li-ion batteries. We will discuss current and future opportunities in using electrochemistry to power cars and buildings, and to make chemicals and fuels with energy from the Sun. Research towards establishing design principles in controlling reaction […]

4/18/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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By Andrew Ault, Ph.D.
4/17/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Atmospheric aerosols are incredibly complex chemical systems with thousands of species present in yoctoliter to attoliter volumes, which makes measuring their chemical and physical properties an analytical challenge. Despite these instrumental demands, measuring aerosol properties is essential, as air pollution leads to 10% of global deaths annually, primarily due to the effects […]

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By Jason Pace
4/15/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract The insulin receptor (IR) and insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF1R) system is implicated in the pathogenesis of breast cancer. As members of the tyrosine kinase receptor family, these receptors are able to dimerize in different combinations forming IR-IR and IGF1R-IGF1R homodimers and IR-IGF1R heterodimers. Overexpression of one and/or both receptors on the […]

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By Ryan Dolewski
4/15/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Compounds containing bonds with combinations of boron, silicon, and tin are attractive main group element transfer reagents. These bonds are activated via a nucleophilic attack that facilitates the release of one of the bonded main group moieties with enhanced nucleophilicity towards unactivated electrophiles. We wondered if this interesting reactivity platform could be […]

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By Ethan Emerson
4/12/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Condensed phase matter in the atmosphere perturbs the earth’s radiative balance, impacts climate, adversely affects human and biological health, degrades visibility, affects cloud formation, and alters atmospheric chemistry. The residence time of condensed phase matter in the atmosphere is a function of its sources and sinks. Black carbon (BC) is one form […]

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By Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D.
4/11/19 at 4:00 pm in Lory Student Center 308-310

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By Jillian Buriak, Ph.D.
4/10/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Organic solar cells (OSCs) are a potential cost-effective way to transform solar energy into electricity due to their potential for low-cost and high-throughput roll-to-roll production. Improving the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and stability of OSCs are two of the most important tasks on the march towards commercialization. While much effort has been […]

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By Emilie Ringe, Ph.D.
4/9/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Most plasmonic metals studied to date are composed of either Cu, Ag, and Au. The former two can pose significant challenges related to oxidation, the latter is often perceived as cost-prohibitive, and all three are rare. Recently, much attention has been focused on earth-abundant Al, which is an excellent plasmonic in the […]

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By Matthew Lacroix
4/5/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract The ν(OH) peaks in solid-state FTIR spectra of compounds with OH groups or H2O molecules undergo significant changes when the OH group(s) participate in hydrogen bonding. Typical changes are (i) red shifts of the peak position(s) by up to hundreds of cm−1, (ii) broadening of the peak(s) by up to hundreds of […]

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By Hiroaki Suga, Ph.D.
4/5/19 at 4:00 PM in Yates 104

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By Boulder Scientific Company
4/4/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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By Kimberly Hiyoto
4/3/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract With the move toward citizen science to aid in monitoring air quality, the need for portable, robust, and inexpensive gas sensors has driven work into fabricating novel devices. Tin(IV) oxide (SnO2) nanomaterials are useful for solid-state gas sensors because they can detect a wide range of gases and have a relatively low […]

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By Eric Bakker, Ph.D.
4/1/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar It is widely recognized that dynamic environmental systems should preferably be monitored in situ, as traditional sampling and off-site analysis will invariably alter local equilibria, especially with chemical species that are kinetically labile and reactive. Unfortunately, very few such species can today be monitored reliably, as only pH sensors are integrated in […]

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By Max Schulze
3/29/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Substituting the graphite in today’s commercial Li-ion batteries with high capacity anode materials such as antimony (Sb) could increase the energy stored in such a cell. However, the high capacity of Sb results in large volume changes of the anode during discharge/recharge cycles that mechanically degrade the anode, ultimately causing the cell […]

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By Tom Puleo
3/28/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Styrenes are widely utilized synthetic precursors for a range of polymerization and hydro-/dual-functionalization reactions. Chemists commonly probe the mechanism of these reactions by selectively incorporating deuterium onto the vinyl positions of the styrene derivative. There have been several catalytic methods reported to either completely label the vinyl group or selectively label the β-position with deuterium. […]

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By Chris Kuhs
3/27/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Advancements in material science have shown improvements in fields such as microfabrication, dye-sensitized solar cells, hydrogels, and drug delivery systems. As these advances are being made the underpinning physical properties that drive the self-assembly mechanisms of these systems are not well understood. To try and understand these self-assembly processes, two-dimensional infrared (2D […]

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By Justin Joyce
3/26/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract The possession of a low-spin (LS) and high-spin (HS) state of Fe(II) coordination complexes has important implications for its spin crossover (SCO) and excited state properties. A DFT empirical dispersion correction is modified to more accurately calculate the spin state energetics of Fe(II) SCO complexes. This developed functional is used in tandem […]

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By Kenji Kurita, Ph.D.
3/26/19 at 3:00 pm in Lory Student Center 324

About the Seminar Developing a drug is more than synthesizing analogues and doing some rational medical chemistry optimization. The process of taking a disease and finding a treatment takes an enormous team of individuals with a broad range of technical and soft skills. Somewhere along the way through development you need an analytical chemistry team […]

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By Lloyd Sumner Ph.D.
3/25/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Lloyd Sumner Ph.D., sponsored by Brunker Daltonics, will be the keynote speaker for the CIF Winter Symposium. About the Seminar Triterpene saponins are important bioactive plant natural products found in many plant families including the Leguminosae, but much of their biosynthetic pathway still remains unknown. We have used a metabolomics approach integrated with gene expression […]

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By Pavel Jungwirth, Ph.D.
3/25/19 at 12:00 PM in Chemistry B202

About the Seminar Cell penetrating peptides have a unique potential for targeted drug delivery, therefore, mechanistic understanding of their membrane action has been sought since their discovery over 20 years ago. While ATP-driven endocytosis is known to play a major role in their internalization, there has been also ample evidence for the importance of passive […]

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By Bret Boyle
3/22/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Photonic crystals (PC) are periodic nanostructures engineered in nature to reflect different wavelengths of light for camouflage, signaling, photosynthesis, and heat control. These natural photonic crystals can be mimicked through the self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs). The challenge of BCP self-assembly to photonic crystals is that chain entanglement often impedes the self-assembly […]

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By Ryan Riskowski
3/21/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Benefiting from an ever-expanding library of functionality, nanoscale ‘devices’ are being developed that can measure and manipulate their environment at molecular scales. Employed as platforms for wireless monitoring, I have used these devices to measure the nanoscale structure of folded DNA and RNA, enabling methods for remote observation DNA and RNA activity […]

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By Bonnie Buss
3/15/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Photoinduced organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization (O-ATRP) is a new polymerization methodology that relies on excitation of a photocatalyst to operate an oxidative quenching photoredox catalytic cycle and produce well-defined polymers. Central to the development of O-ATRP has been the design and study of strongly reducing organic photocatalysts, particularly in the context […]

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By Patrick Woodward, Ph.D.
3/12/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar The AMX3 (A = Cs, Rb, CH3NH3; M = Pb, Sn, Ge; X = I, Br, Cl) halide perovskites have drawn a tremendous amount of attention in recent years. Their electrical and optical properties are comparable to conventional compound semiconductors, which makes them potentially suitable for many applications, including solar cells where power […]

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By Eka Noviana
3/6/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract: Paper has been used as a platform in analytical measurement since the early 1800s but has recently received significant recent attention as a substrate for microfluidic devices.1 Microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) are low-cost, can facilitate reagent storage within the fiber network, and can provide fluid transport through capillary action without external […]

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By Brandi Cossairt, Ph.D.
3/5/19 at 4:00 PM in A101

About the Seminar:  Research in the Cossairt lab is focused on the solution-phase synthesis of chemical systems capable of sunlight absorption, color-pure emission, charge transfer, and fuels generation. Towards this end we seek to address fundamental challenges in the field of inorganic chemistry, specifically controlling the composition, structure and function of nanoscale light absorbers and […]

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By Blaine McCarthy
3/1/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), one of the most commonly used controlled radical polymerization techniques, enables facile synthesis of precision polymers using commercially available starting materials. More recently, the application of external stimuli to control ATRP has been investigated. For example, photoredox catalyzed variants of ATRP have been explored using Ru- and […]

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By Sara Parker, Ph.D.
2/28/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Join Dr. Sara Parker from the Intel Corporation for an information session. She will discuss Intel’s development of silicon process technology from an engineering perspective – the importance of Moore’s Law. To succeed in a changing industry, Intel is dedicated to continue its investment in inventing and developing new technologies – through the application of […]

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By Chris Whitehead
2/26/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract The kinetics and molecular mechanism of nucleation are investigated in molecular detail starting from [(1,5-COD)IrI(NCCH3)2][BF4], 1, which upon addition of HPO42– to 1 forms a neutral, phosphate-bridged species, {[(1,5-COD)IrI(NCCH3)]2•HPO4}0, 2, en route to {[(1,5-COD)IrI•HPO4]2[Bu4N]2}, 3. 1H NMR solution speciation and Signer apparatus solution molecular weight studies establish that in situ prepared {[(1,5-COD)IrI•HPO4]2}2–, […]

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By Tristan Lambert, Ph.D.
2/25/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Our group is interested in exploring the use of unique structures in catalysis. A particular focus has been the design of catalyst platforms using aromatic ions such as cyclopropenium cation and cyclopentadienyl anion. With this program, we are seeking to develop broadly applicable paradigms for substrate activation that capitalize on the unique […]

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By Le Yang
2/22/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Reduction of Brownian thermal noise due to mechanical loss in high-reflectivity mirror coatings is critical for improving the sensitivity of future gravitational wave detectors. In these mirrors, the mechanical loss at room temperature is dominated by the high refractive index component, amorphous tantala (Ta2O5). Our work investigates solutions to decrease the coating’s […]

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By Colby Evans
2/21/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Nanoscale materials potentially offer rapid and reversible optical modulation in electrochromic smart window technologies. Nanoparticles must modulate between transparent and colored states with the same rate and magnitude to achieve uniform color across a large-area smart window. However, it is currently unclear how interaction between nanoparticles can affect these dynamics. I will […]

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By Revati Kumar Ph.D.
2/20/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar The research focus of my group is to investigate the effect of solvation environment on charge transport, structure and dynamics of both aqueous and non-aqueous electrolytes.  An important aspect of our research is understanding the effect of secondary/non-covalent interactions on the properties of electrolytes both in the bulk and at the interface […]

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By Jeffrey Ma
2/19/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Commercial industries currently utilize graphite as the primary lithium anode material for secondary batteries. Graphite’s gravimetric capacity, however, has already been fully utilized and materials with higher capacities are more desirable for the advancement of next generation applications, such as electric vehicles. Of these materials, intermetallic alloys such as SnSb are of […]

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By Gregg Beckham, Ph.D.
2/15/19 at 12:00 PM in Chemistry A103

About the Seminar: Enzyme catalysts that operate at a solid surface are critical in carbon cycling in the biosphere. For several years, we have been investigating the mechanisms of cellulose degradation by cellulase enzymes, and the first half of this talk will cover mechanistic investigations of processive enzymes that are able to bind to, depolymerize, […]

By Andrew Crowther, Ph.D.
2/14/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The Crowther Group uses micro-Raman spectroscopy to investigate the vibrational and electronic properties of a variety of nanostructures.  Semiconducting nanocrystals occupy a size regime between the molecular and bulk limits.  Nanocrystal vibrational structure can be described using either a molecular “bottom-up” quantum chemical approach or via a “top-down” phonon confinement model that […]

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By Chris Allison
2/13/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Polysaccharides are used as scaffolds for drug delivery1,2. As these materials move from the lab towards medical use, a thorough understanding of their structures and related products is crucial. In this presentation, mass spectrometry will be used to identify products from a range of polysaccharide degradation protocols using chitosan as a model […]

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By James Boncella, Ph.D.
2/12/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar In this talk, I will present our work on uranium mono- and bis-imido complexes in various oxidation states and what we have learned about the role of covalency in stabilizing the U=N interaction. The synthesis of high oxidation state, U(V-VI), complexes from lower oxidation state, U(III-IV) starting materials is driven by the […]

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By Todd Hyster, Ph.D.
2/11/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Enzymes are optimal catalysts for chemical synthesis because they can be evolved to provide unparalleled levels of selectivity. They are, however, limited to reactivity patterns found in nature. In this talk, I will share our groups approach to address this limitation using radicals and light.  About the Speaker: Professor Hyster is a […]

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By Yan Xia, Ph.D.
2/8/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Our interest in utilizing and incorporating strained rings in ladder-shaped molecular structures led to the development of unusual organic materials. We developed Catalytic Arene-Norbornene AnnuLation (CANAL) to synthesize rigid ladder polymers from readily available norbornenes and aryl bromides. Efficient CANAL polymerization produced rigid ladder polymers with molecular weights up to 1 MDa, […]

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By Parastoo Hashemi, Ph.D.
2/6/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar The brain is a highly complex and dynamic chemical system. The primary mode of chemical communication between brain cells is called neurotransmission; it is well accepted that disruptions in neurotransmission underpin the complex behavioral phenotypes of psychiatric disease. However, such disruptions are very difficult to define because it is greatly challenging to […]

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By Michael Nippe, Ph.D.
2/5/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: The first part of the presentation will introduce our methodology towards improving molecular catalysts for energy relevant conversions. We strategically introduce redox-active and slightly acidic imidazolium moieties into the secondary coordination sphere of molecular CO2 reduction electrocatalysts. Results from systematic comparative studies will be presented that strongly suggest that mechanistic details of […]

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By Eugene Kwan, Ph.D.
2/4/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar In the first part, I will discuss the influence of molecular motions on NMR chemical shifts. When quasiclassical dynamics are used to take motions into account, very accurate chemical shift predictions can be made without using empirical corrections. This method can also give insight into unusual structures such as [18]-annulene, which is […]

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By Ryan Clarke
2/1/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Roughly 300 million tons of plastic enters the global economy each year. Each of these serve specific, property-based purposes in commodity materials. Most of these commercial plastics are composed of more than one polymer, adding complexity of post-consumer separation. Minimizing the material diversity in our economy is crucial, as recycling these multi-polymeric materials is costly and time inefficient when […]

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By Eve Mozur
1/29/19 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract: When used as the active semiconductor in photovoltaic devices, hybrid perovskites preform competitively with industry standard materials, including silicon and cadmium telluride. However, hybrid perovskites are structurally distinct from conventional inorganic semiconductors and therefore have unique structure-property relationships. In particular, although unsubstituted hybrid perovskites degrade under ambient conditions, empirical evidence demonstrates that […]

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By Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Ph.D.
1/28/19 at 4:00 PM in Lory Student Center 372-374

About the Seminar The study of quantum coherent magnonic interactions relies implicitly on the ability to excite and exploit long lived spin wave excitations in a magnetic material. That requirement has led to the nearly universal reliance on yittrium iron garnet (YIG), which for half a century has reigned as the unchallenged leader in high-Q, […]

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By Zach Butz
1/25/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract Electron microscopy (EM) has yet to be readily applied to biological samples due to a lack of contrast between the various components within a cell. Inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) and stains have been used for biological EM imaging however these approaches generally require several levels of processing making them expensive, tedious, and not […]

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By Jillian Dempsey, Ph.D.
1/17/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar The conversion of energy-poor feedstocks like water and carbon dioxide into energy-rich fuels involves multi-electron, multi-proton transformations. In order to develop catalysts that can mediate fuel production with optimum energy efficiency, this complex proton-electron reactivity must be carefully considered. Using a combination of electrochemical methods and time-resolved spectroscopy, we have revealed new […]

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By Susannah Scott, Ph.D.
10/29/19 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

A Boulder Scientific Distinguished Lecture About the Talk: Heterogeneous catalysts are indispensable in large-scale chemical processes. Adapting catalysts optimized for converting fossil-fuel-derived molecules to handle renewable carbon is a major challenge, imposed by differences in volatility and solubility. The kinetics of liquid phase transformations promoted by heterogeneous catalysts are complicated by partitioning of solvents, reactants, […]

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By Mortaza Derakhshani-Molayousefi
12/12/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Research Seminar Abstract The oil industry spends billions of dollars annually cleaning clogged pipelines. Asphaltenes are a class of macromolecules indigenous to crude oil known to be the primary cause of such clogging due to their tendency to aggregate. The majority of previous work has focused on mixture of different types of asphaltenes. Furthermore, the […]

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By Joshua Vaughan, Ph.D.
12/6/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar The Vaughan group develops new chemical tools for high resolution fluorescence microscopy and uses these tools, along with established ones, to understand the organization of biological systems with rich molecular detail. On the tool development side, we are synthesizing new fluorescent probes, creating new methods for tissue expansion and clearing, and developing […]

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By Valeria Molinero Ph.D.
12/5/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Bacteria, insects and fish that thrive at subfreezing temperatures produce proteins that bind to ice and manage its formation and growth. Ice binding proteins include antifreeze proteins and ice-nucleating proteins. The latter are the most efficient ice nucleators found in Nature. Many questions remain on how do these proteins recognize or nucleate […]

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By Takafumi Yamamoto Ph.D.
11/30/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar Transition metal oxides have attracted a lot of interests due to their wide variety of functional properties, such as ferromagnetic properties, multiferroicity, and superconductivity, coming from properties of d electrons. The crystal structures of transition metal oxides consist of polyhedra with a transition metal cation surrounded by oxide ions, which dominate the […]

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By Avinash Nangia, Ph.D. and Gordon Marr, Ph.D
11/29/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Avinash Nangia is the Chief Scientific Officer and Gordon Marr is the Vice President of Analytical Development for Tolmar.

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By Zoe Mann
11/9/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Vertically-aligned carbon nanostructures (VACNs) have many potential applications resulting from their mechanical and thermal stability, high surface area, high conductivity, and their ability to be chemically functionalized. Traditionally, VACNs have been produced via thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) or arc discharge. Thermal CVD is energy intensive, generally requiring processing temperatures above 600 […]

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By John Gann
11/7/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Tumor growth is regulated by the tumor suppressing protein p53. Nearly half of all cancers contain a mutation in tp53, the gene that codes for p53.[i] Therefore, understanding how p53 functions is a key component in understanding cancer. Previous studies have shown that in healthy cells, p53 tetramerizes and binds to DNA […]

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By Fionna Samuels
11/7/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Antibiotic resistance is a critical problem facing society.1 Ribosomal targeting is a well-established pathway for developing antibiotics and understanding how physiological ribosomes change conformation as antibiotics bind is crucial to developing new antibiotics.1 Though ribosomal conformation has been studies in vitro, few in vivo studies have been accomplished.1 Recently, Balzarotti et al […]

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By Tyler Ozvat
11/6/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Within the past decade, new isolable lanthanide compounds of the 2+ have been achieved for the entire lanthanide series. Previously thought to be inaccessible due to high reduction potentials, these compounds display unique ground state electronic structures. These states provide an exciting opportunity to examine the photochemical properties via ligand environment of […]

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By Max Kudisch
11/6/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Pt(II) complexes have been extensively investigated as emitter dopants for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). A dopant greatly increases OLED efficiency due to the ability of the dopant to emit at room temperature from a triplet excited state. Triplet states represent the majority of excited states formed in OLED emitters during operation […]

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By Steven Wheeler, Ph.D.
11/2/18 at 12:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Stacking interactions are ubiquitous in chemical and biological systems, impacting everything from the packing of organic electronic materials and the stereoselectivity of organic reactions to the binding of drugs. While attractive interactions between aromatic rings (so called ‘pi-stacking’ or ‘pi-pi’ interactions) have been known for decades, only recently have we begun to […]

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By Reid Gilsdorf
11/2/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract The United States has recently taken on the burden of dealing with its own postconsumer plastic waste resulting in a bottleneck at recycling facilities and the dumping of readily recyclable materials into landfills. Alternatives to the current, inefficient recycling practices must be sought out in order to address the worsening issue of […]

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By Ryan Clarke
11/2/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Roughly 350 million tons of plastic enters the global economy each year. Trends point to increases of 100 million tons more each decade. To make matters more dire, most commercial materials are composed of more than one polymer, adding the complexity of separation of one polymer from another. As recycling these materials […]

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By Morris Bullock, Ph.D.
10/30/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Solar and wind are carbon-neutral, sustainable energy sources, but because they are intermittent, reliable energy storage is needed. Catalysts that efficiently interconvert between electrical energy and chemical bonds (fuels) are needed for sustainable, secure energy. Electrocatalysts based on inexpensive, earth-abundant metals (“Cheap Metals for Noble Tasks”) are needed. Ni complexes with “P2N2” ligands have been […]

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By A. Dean Sherry, Ph.D.
10/23/18 at 4:00 PM in A101

About the Seminar: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often considered too insensitive for molecular imaging of biological processes. Although many Gd3+-based contrast agents have been reported in the chemistry literature over the past 30 years, only a few have been demonstrated to provide important biological information in vivo. A key parameter in the design of […]

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By Thomas Snaddon, Ph.D.
10/22/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Our laboratory has embraced cooperative catalysis as a general framework for the design of new enantioselective reactions. Within this regime we have exploited cooperative Lewis base/transition metal catalysis as an effective means to control and direct both reaction partners during bond construction. The versatility of this approach is such that each catalyst acts in an […]

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By Alex Koegel
10/19/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract: Charge dynamics in materials such as recombination lifetimes and mobility are fundamental in understanding the way devices work. A family of hybrid halide perovskites with the formula A’2An-1BnX3n+1 (where A’ = RNH3+, A = CH3NH3+, B = divalent metal center, X = halide, and n is an integer) are of interest for […]

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By Tony Rappe, Ph.D.
10/18/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Research in chemistry, the central science, is profoundly engaged in addressing important global challenges related to health, energy, the environment, and climate change. The chemistry core curriculum ought to reflect newfound abilities to make, measure and model chemistry, and lay the foundation for transformative advancements by future chemists. For the last decade, […]

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By Zackary Cleveland, Ph.D.
10/17/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Pulmonary diseases (e.g., emphysema and fibrosis) are leading causes of mortality worldwide, and the incidence these disorders is thought to be rising. While strides have been made in elucidating the molecular events underlying lung disease, the pathological changes in respiratory physiology responsible for disease progression remain poorly characterized. This poor understanding can […]

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By Stosh Kozimor, Ph.D.
10/16/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Actinides in the +3 oxidation state occupy central roles in many areas that are important for our quality of life. These range from developing targeted alpha therapy in treating cancer to processing spent nuclear fuel. Hence, there is pressing need to advance fundamental understanding of +3 actinide coordination chemistry. While numerous heroic […]

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By Ashok Prasad, Ph.D.
10/15/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar: Cells are material objects with specific mechanical properties, which are important for proper function, but unlike passive substances, the material properties of cells are strongly affected by life processes. In this talk I will discuss two aspects of cells as active materials, which my lab has been interested in. Firstly, cells are […]

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By Chris Rom
10/12/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract: Multivalent cations hold promise for dramatically increasing battery capacity over lithium ion technology, as each atom can provide multiple electrons, as opposed to one (e.g. Mg ➞ Mg2+ + 2e- v. Li ➞ Li+ + e-). However, the additional charge on multivalent cations slows their motion through solids. This slow cation mobility […]

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By Jamie Neilson, Ph.D.
10/9/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Seminar Abstract: A significant challenge in chemistry research is to rationally control structure-property relationships in materials to achieve desired properties. The prevailing approach to this challenge involves the serendipitous discovery of materials or the incremental modification of solid-state reactions. Therefore, the search for new materials is often limited by phase equilibria or is inhibited by […]

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By Garret Miyake, Ph.D.
10/8/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Synthetic polymers have become indispensable to modern society. The development of living and controlled polymerization methodologies have enabled the synthesis of precise macromolecular architectures with tailored polymer properties for integration in diverse applications. This presentation will discuss the design and synthesis of strongly reducing visible-light organic photoredox catalysts for organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization. Developing […]

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By Michael Van Erdewyk
10/5/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract In past years, the need to develop technologies to make use of solar energy has led to extensive research into the semiconductor materials for such applications. Due to their electronic structure, semiconductor materials can be used to drive photocatalysis through the photogeneration of charge carriers that can partake in oxidation or reduction […]

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By Christy Cashen
10/5/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Ion insertion into a host material is the elementary process by which many energy storage based devices are built upon. For example, rechargeable Li-ion batteries function via a process of Li ions inserting into and extracting out of a host material in the battery. This process results in the generation of electrons […]

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By Melissa Schenkel
10/3/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract MicroRNA(miRNA) are small, non-coding RNA that target and regulate over 60% of protein encoding genes in the human body. Due to the short half-life of miRNA and the time required for existing methods, a fast, sensitive, and highly specific method of detection for miRNA is needed. Kangkamano et al. present a novel […]

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By Samantha Miller
10/3/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Although x-ray crystallography has been the gold standard, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) has also been demonstrated as an effective method for protein structure determination. NMR spectroscopy has the ability to view a protein beyond its static structure; it can yield data that gives information about its dynamic behavior as it interacts […]

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By Manuel Pena
10/2/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Mixed-lanthanide metal-organic frameworks (M’LnMOFs) have received wide attention for their use as highly sensitive ratiometric luminescent thermometers. Their high resolutions and non-invasiveness have made them strong candidates for applications such as intracellular sensing and thermal mapping. Unfortunately, materials and techniques for sensing in the physiological temperature range (298-318 K) or higher are […]

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By Igor Alabugin, Ph.D.
10/1/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

In this talk, I will present a selection of new synthetic strategies for assembling poly- and heteroaromatic systems. In the 1st part, I will discuss the advantages of alkynes as high-energy carbon-rich precursors for extended polyaromatics, the two general patterns of oligoalkyne folding into an aromatic ribbon, and the use of supramolecular effects in the […]

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By Olivia Manahan
9/28/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Although 3D printers have improved significantly since their invention, research interests in printing materials have only recently surfaced. The majority of 3D printed objects consist of a single material, with objects printed of several materials requiring the user to switch starting materials mid-print. A recent manuscript from the Hawker group (doi: 10.1002/adma.201800364) […]

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By Daniel Corbin
9/28/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract In recent decades, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) has become one of the most widely used controlled radical polymerization methods due to its operational simplicity, utilization of commercially available reagents, and ability to synthesize polymers with complex architectures from a broad range of monomers. Originally, ATRP made use of relatively large amounts […]

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By Zachary Call
9/26/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Non-Invasive sensing is a growing global market where the need for continuous, wearable sensors is constantly developing. Specifically, biosensors have been an attractive alternative to bulky and expensive analytical instruments used in health-care today. Having the ability to monitor overall health of a patient without having to draw blood or use other […]

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By Kaylee Clark
9/26/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a redox molecule produced in many enzymatic reactions and therefore an important analyte to detect for biosensors. Although electrochemical detection of H2O2 is commonly used, many commercial applications are limited by expensive electrode materials. Graphene oxide has become of particular interest as a cheaper alternative for electrode material. […]

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By Tom Morrison
9/25/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Single molecule magnets have been shown to be capable of performing as a quantum bit, or qubit, which is predicted to revolutionize the world of computing. However current day single molecule magnets only exhibit magnetic hysteresis, and thus can only act as a qubit, below liquid nitrogen temperatures. In 2014 a study […]

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By Amanda Kale
9/25/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Self-assembly has occurred in nature since the beginning of time, but only in the past 30 years has the term found its way into chemical literature to describe autonomous organization in various systems, from monolayers to nanoparticle superstructures. Nanoparticle self-assembly can be used as a high throughput method for the fabrication of […]

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By Emily Pentzer, Ph.D.
9/21/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

About the Seminar The interface between two fluids is not only important for defining reactivity of dislike materials, but is also applicable for the preparation of stable higher order structures. Recently, the Pentzer lab developed 2D carbon-based nanosheets that assemble at different fluid-fluid interfaces including oil-water, oil-oil, and ionic liquid-water and demonstrated the use of […]

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By Wei Xiong, Ph.D.
9/20/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

In this seminar, I will discuss two developments in ultrafast nonlinear IR spectroscopy for exotic molecular materials: (1) 2D IR spectroscopy for molecular vibrational polaritons and (2) transient electric field induced VSFG spectroscopy for probing interfacial charge transfer. Both show the advantages of ultrafast nonlinear IR spectroscopic technique: to decipher hidden physics of exotic molecular […]

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By Merritt Logan
9/19/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Petroleum production is a multibillion dollar global industry producing over nine million barrels of oil a day.  All unrefined petroleum contains sulfur which when combusted forms acid rain and smog producing SOx.  Complete sulfur removal during refining is challenging due to refractory molecular structures and difficulties in their characterization.  Characterization would allow […]

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By Ruth Menger
9/19/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Insecticides are ubiquitous and trace levels can be found in soil, water, air, and food residues. The mode of action that causes the insecticide to be harmful to insects is also found in humans, so if humans are exposed to high enough levels, there are negative health effects. Therefore, it is necessary […]

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By Cassidy Jackson
9/18/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract: Metalloenzymes drive chemical processes across life forms and mimicking this reactivity still remains a synthetic challenge. Almost all metalloenzyme active sites are composed of transition metals. In 2007 in volcanic mudpools in southern Italy, the bacteria Methylacidiphilum fumariolicum was discovered with an enzyme containing a lanthanide active site in a methanol dehydrogenase […]

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By Lacey Beck
9/14/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Literature Seminar Abstract Semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs) are used for a wide variety of applications, including sensing, photocatalysis, and optoelectronics. To optimize their utility for these applications, charge carriers must be able to flow efficiently through the material. However, semiconductor NPs exhibit inherent structural and electronic defects that can trap charge carriers and prevent them from […]

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By Eugene Chen
9/7/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

The current practices in the generation and disposal of synthetic polymers are largely unsustainable. Several solutions have been intensively pursued to address this global challenge but the current solutions suffer from either significant materials value and quality losses or unintended environmental consequences. To address this challenge, we have designed and synthesized next-generation sustainable polymers that […]

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By Robert Baker
9/5/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Directly observing electron dynamics at surfaces is required to reveal the material properties that determine efficiency during energy conversion catalysis.  Toward this goal, we have developed a tabletop instrument for femtosecond X-ray spectroscopy of surfaces.  This method combines the benefits of X-ray absorption, such as element, oxidation, and spin state specificity, with surface sensitivity and […]

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By Bob Waymouth
9/4/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

We have developed a family of selective organic catalysts for ring-opening polymerization reactions.1,2  In parallel efforts, we have developed new oxidation catalysts2 that generate new monomers which were then enchained using organocatalytic polymerization1 to generate functional materials that proved useful agents for the delivery of messenger RNA into living animals.4-6 Functional delivery of messenger RNA […]

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By Amy Prieto
8/31/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

If you are interested in the materials program, please join Amy Prieto Friday, August 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm, in A101 for an overview of the program.

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By Kate Berg
8/29/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

4th Year Research Seminar: Ambient particulate matter (PM) air pollution is associated with negative health effects, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and is estimated to cause millions of deaths worldwide each year.1 The current hypothesis is that PM produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the body, which leads to oxidative stress.2 Dithiothreitol (DTT) is commonly […]

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By Dennis Bong
8/20/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

We and others have demonstrated the use of triaminotriazine (melamine) as a synthetic base-triple motif in a family of molecules we call bifacial peptide nucleic acid (bPNA). Bifacial PNA engages two oligo T/U strands simultaneously to form a unique triple stranded structure. bPNAs can serve as allosteric triggers of aptamer protein-binding, ribozyme catalysis, aptamer small-molecule […]

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By Robert J. Nielsen, Ph.D.
7/24/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A103

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By Andrew Bissette
6/22/18 at 4:00 PM in ChemistryA101

The Nature Research portfolio includes the flagship Nature title, the physical and life sciences research journals, such as Nature Chemistry, and the open-access titles including the newly launched Communications Chemistry. During the first part of the talk Andrew will discuss the different aims and scopes of the various Nature titles as well as the relationship […]

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By Jennifer Bjerke
6/11/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

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By Isaiah Sumner
6/7/18 at 4:00 PM in Chemistry A101

ABSTRACT  The ubiquitin conjugating enzyme, Ubc13, catalyzes lysine ubiquitination, a type of protein post-translation modification. Ubiquitinating a protein can signal for its degradation and affect its activity. Ubiquitination also plays a role in DNA repair and inflammatory response. Defects in this process are linked to different disorders including cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The accepted […]

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By Abby Doyle
5/3/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

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By Alyssa Winter
5/2/18 at 4:00 PM in A101

Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) have been a major focal point in many areas of chemistry and engineering due to their favorable properties and emerging capabilities. RTILs are popular as solvents for green chemistry due to their near-zero vapor pressure and negligible flammability. Their high ionic conductivity, stability, and selectivity for certain light gases make […]

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By Tomas Hudlicky - Organic Reactions Distinguished Speaker
4/30/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

The lecture will provide a brief introduction to biocatalytic methods in synthesis. Specifically, the use of various aromatic dioxygenase enzymes will be highlighted and their applications in total synthesis will be presented. These include several total syntheses of morphine alkaloids, total synthesis of Amaryllidaceae alkaloids and their medicinally useful derivatives, and approaches to other, highly […]

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By Julie Holder
4/25/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Accurate predication of both climate and air quality under a changing earth system requires a full understanding of the sources, feedbacks, and ultimate fate of all atmospherically relevant chemical species. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) make up a large portion of the reactive chemical species in the atmosphere and are key components in air quality and […]

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By Patrick Walsh
4/23/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

The seminar will outline the Walsh Group’s efforts in C–C and C–S bond forming reactions.  The Walsh lab has developed a series of Pd and Ni catalyzed deprotonative cross-coupling processes (DCCP) that enable the synthesis of a variety of small molecule building blocks for use in the pharmaceutical industry.  The second part of the seminar […]

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By Ryan Pearson
4/20/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Photoredox catalysis has gained recent prominence due to the ability to employ mild reaction conditions and achieve challenging chemical transformations. A significant portion of this work has focused mainly on employing ruthenium andiridium polypyridyl complexes due to their characteristics as photocatalysts. However, as photocatalysis becomes morecommonplace in synthetic labs, so does the need for a […]

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By Dipankar Koley
4/19/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

My research program at Oregon State University is involved in developing new electrochemical sensors to study microbial metabolism at high spatial and temporal resolution. We are specifically interested in studying bacterial metabolic interactions with other bacterial species, biomaterials, and the immediate microenvironment surrounding the bacteria. We have developed micron-sized Ca2+, pH, H2O2, NH4+ and lactate sensors […]

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By Tom Kodadek
4/16/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

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By Matthew Ryan
4/13/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization (O-ATRP) has become a powerful methodology for the synthesis of well-defined polymers in a highly efficient manner. This process is made possible due to the advent of highly reducing organic photoredox catalysts (PCs) which are driven by visible light. The family of N,N-diaryl dihydrophenazine PCs have been shown to polymerize […]

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By Ryan Fulgham
4/11/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101

Organic acids are numerous and pervasive in Earth’s lower atmosphere. They contribute to ozone formation chemistry as well as the production of secondary organic aerosols, thus impacting both human and ecosystem health. Despite their relevance, organic acid budgets in the atmosphere remain poorly understood. Models underestimate measured ambient concentrations of many organic acids, suggesting an […]

Jenny Yang
By Jenny Yang
4/10/18 at 4:00 pm in Chemistry A101