Seminar Series

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Past Seminar Speakers

Spring 2014 | Spring 2013 | Spring 2012 | Spring 2011

Fall 2014 | Fall 2013 | Fall 2012 | Fall 2011

For a listing of seminar speakers prior to Spring 2011, 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".

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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".

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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".

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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".

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Fall 2012

Dr. Alex Martinson, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory. "Better Solar Energy Conversion through Surface Chemistry".

Prof. Jim Cook, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "General Approach to the Stereospecific Synthesis of Bisindole Alkaloids (+)-Dispegatrine, Accedinisine and N'-Demethylaccedinisine".

Prof. Frieder Jäkle, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University. "Polyfunctional Organoboranes: From Lewis Acid Chemistry to Materials Applications".

Prof. Tom Driver, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago. "Harnessing the Reactivity of Aryl Azides with Transition Metal Catalysts: Mechanism-guided Reaction Development".

Prof. Laura Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago. "Rearrangements of O-Vinyl Oximes and Hydroxylamines: New Chemoselective and Disastereoselective Bond Formations".

Prof. Shawn Hitchcock, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Illinois State University. "Acyl succinimides as versatile tools for the synthesis of amides and amines. A one-pot synthesis of the calcimimetic agent Cinacalcet".

Dr. Jeffrey T. Miller, Group Leader of Heterogeneous Catalysts, Chemical Sciences & Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory. "X-Ray Spectroscopy in Catalysis Research: Application to Au Catalysts".

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Spring 2012

Prof. Wendell Griffith, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Toledo. "Mass Spectrometry in the Characterization of Posttranslational Modifications: New Tricks with an Old Tool".

Dr. Hui Xiong, Argonne National Laboratory. "Nanoscale Architectures for Energy Storage and Conversion".

Prof. Dimitri Vezenov, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lehigh University. "How to Sequence Genomes By Pulling on DNA Molecules".

Prof. Mishtu Dey, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa. "Structural and Biochemical Investigation of Metalloenzyme Mechanisms".

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Fall 2011

Prof. Tao Xu, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University., "Fundamental Studies of Nanoarchitectured Photoelectrochemical Solar Cells"

Prof. James Horn, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University, "A New Generation of Protein Affinity Reagents: Minimalist Scaffolds and Molecular Switches"

Dr. Michael Pellin, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, "The Synthetic Control and Functionalization of Porosity – A Key Tool for the Development of Critical Materials for Energy Generation, Storage, and Use"

Prof. Alexander Arnold, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee,"First Identification of Irreversible Inhibitors of the Vitamin D Receptor-Coregulator Interaction"

Dr. Chao Wang, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, "Novel Electrocatalysts with Advanced Nanoscale Architectures for Energy Conversion Applications"

Dr. William Mickols, President of the North American Membrane Society and Principal Scientist in Sustainability at ConocoPhillips, "Advances in Reverse Osmosis Giving Pure Water to the World: X-Ray Microscopic Studies of Nano-Scale Heterogeneity in the Chemical Structural of the FT-30 Polymer"

Dr. Stephen A. Di Biase, Chief Scientific Officer, Elevance Renewable Sciences, "Innovation in the 21st Century”

Prof. Christian Bruckner, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, "The Breaking and Mending of Porphyrins: Synthesis of Porphyrinoids Containing Non-Pyrrolic Building Blocks”

Dr. Khalil Amine, Senior Material Scientist, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, "Advanced High Power and High Energy Systems for Automotive Applications"

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Spring 2011

Organic Search Candidate, "Exploring Signal Transduction in Biology Using Metal Chelators that Exploit Organic Photoreactions"

Organic Search Candidate, "The Reaction of Isonitriles with Carboxylic Acids: Applications to the Synthesis of Biologically Relevant Molecules"

Organic Search Candidate, "Challenges in Organic Chemistry: Natural Product Synthesis, Drug Discovery, and Catalysis"

Organic Search Candidate, "Lewis Basic Organocatalysts for Asymmetric Silylation of Alcohols and W-Alkylidene Complexes for Novel Selectivities in Olefin Metathesis Reactions"

Prof. Richard B. Silverman, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, "Selective Nitric Oxide Synthase Inhibitors for the Treatment and Prevention of Neurodegenerative Diseases"

Prof. Thomas Hamann, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, "Recent Progress in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells"

Prof. Thomas Thompson, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Cincinnati, "Structural Basis for Huge Muscles – How to Block Myostatin"

Dr. Thomas Penning, Research Fellow, Cancer Research, Global Pharmaceutical R & D, Abbott Laboratories, "PARP inhibitors for the treatment of cancer: Discovery of Veliparib"

Prof. Michael Van Stipdonk, Department of Chemistry, Wichita State University, "Taking a New Look at Ions Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry and IRMPD Spectroscopy"

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