Seminar Series

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Past Seminar Speakers

Spring 2014 | Spring 2013

Fall 2014 | Fall 2013

For a listing of seminar speakers prior to Fall 2012, please click here.



Fall 2014

Dr. Yugang Sun, Nanophotics Group, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory. "Influence of Interfaces on Surface Plasmon Resonances in 'Quantum-Sized' Nanoparticles".

Prof. Kevin Moeller, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis. "Organic Electrochemistry: Solving Problems of Structure, Location, and Environment".

Prof. Ananda Chakrabarty, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois at Chicago. "Conquering Cancer: Law, Medicine, and Society".

Prof. Kyle Plunkett, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. "Synthesis of CP-PAH Based Electron Accepting Materials and Highly-Ordered Polymer Nanostructures".

Prof. Igor Alabugin, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, FLordia State University. "New Tricks from an Old Functional Group: Reinventing Alkyne Chemistry for DNA-photocleavage, Click Chemistry, and Construction of Precisely Cut Graphene Ribbons".

Back to top


Spring 2014

Prof. Christopher M. Beaudry, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University. "Synthesis of Natural Products with Conformational Chirality".

Prof. Sergiy Rosokha, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences, Roosevelt University. "Halogen Bonding: From Crystal Engineering to Electron Transfer".

Prof. Colleen Scott, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. "Developments in Silole-Containing Polymeric Materials".

Prof. Regan J. Thomson, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University. "Silicon-Based Cross-Coupling Reactions: Methodology, Total Synthesis, and Mechanistic Studies".

Robert Gronke (B.S., Biochemistry, NIU, 1982), Senior Principal Scientist, Biogen Idec, Inc. "Purification Development at Biogen Idec: Anticipating and Responding to the Future State of the Biotechnology Industry".

Back to top


Fall 2013

Dr. Sam Thompson, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford. "Simulating Secondary Structure".

Prof. Chuanyi Wang, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science. "Ti-O2-based phtoactive nanomaterials: controllable synthesis, structure modification, and surface chemistry".

Prof. Scott E. Denmark, Reynold C. Fuson Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Silicon-Based Cross-Coupling Reactions: Methodology, Total Synthesis, and Mechanistic Studies".

Dr. Randall E. Winans, Group Leader and Senior Scientist, X-ray Science Division, Chemical and Materials Science, Argonne National Laboratory. "In Situ Catalysis Studies with Small Angle X-Ray Scattering".

Prof. Matthew F. Bush, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington. "Ion Mobility Mass Spectroscopy of Intact Protein Complexes".

Back to top


Spring 2013

Prof. Luke Tolley, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. "Instrumentation Development and Biochemical Applications".

Prof. Bhanu P.S. Chouhan, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, William Patterson University. "New Silicon Materials with New Property Profile: Regio- and Stereoselective Tailoring via Nanoparticle Catalysis".

Dr. Tijana Rajh, Group Leader, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory. "Study of Nano-Bio Interfaces".

Back to top