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Faculty Seminar Topics

The faculty of the NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry would like to participate in your chemistry and/or biochemistry seminar programs. The talks below are adapted specifically for undergraduate student recruitment; however, we will be glad to work with your department so that the level of the material is appropriate for the audience.

To include a member of our faculty in your fall and/or spring schedule, please contact Director of Graduate Studies Gary M. Baker, gbaker@niu.edu or (815) 753-6875. If you have specific dates to fill, we would suggest that you provide a priority list of speakers and/or dates to ensure the availability of your choices.

We look forward to visiting your campus and informing your students and faculty about the exciting research and graduate study opportunities in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Illinois University. Expenses may be borne by NIU if the visit provides an opportunity for student recruitment and your institution is within a reasonable travel/driving distance from NIU. Please contact Gary M. Baker, gbaker@niu.edu or (815) 753-6875, to further discuss the availability of such funding.

Faculty Member Seminar Title(s)
Marc J. Adler "Simple Structures, Fascinating Functions"
Gary M. Baker "Cytochrome c Oxidase: Energy Production in Heart Tissue"
"Use of Live Molecular Rendering, Streaming, and Collaboration Technologies to Enhance Biochemistry Instruction"
David S. Ballantine "Chemical Sensor Technologies for Chemical Analysis and Materials Characterization"
"Inverse Chromatography to Investigate Structure-Property Relationships: LSER vs QSSR"
Jon W. Carnahan "Acousto-Optic Devices as New Spectroscopic Tools: High Resolution Imaging Monochromators the Size of Your Cell Phone"
"Trace Impurities in Pharmaceuticals - New ICP-MS Approaches"
Elizabeth R. Gaillard "Chemistry Involved in Blinding Diseases in Humans"
Thomas M. Gilbert "Lies My Professor Told Me: Computational Studies of Charge, Hybridization, and Lewis Acid-Base Interactions"
Timothy J. Hagen "Discovery of New Anti-infective Agents Using Organic Synthesis and Structural Biology"
Oliver Hofstetter "How to Know Right from Left: Antibodies as Tailor-Made Chiral Selectors"
James R. Horn "Tailor-Made Proteins: Mimicking Biology with Protein Engineering"
Narayan S. Hosmane "Boron Chemistry and Applications to Cancer Treatment"
Douglas A. Klumpp "New Chemistry of Superelectrophiles"
Chhiu-Tsu (C.T.) Lin "Molecular Fan: A Heat Dissipation Nanocoating for LED and MCPCB Application"
Victor V. Ryzhov "Structure and Reactivity of Cysteine-Containing Radical Ions Studied by Ion Spectroscopy and Ion-Molecule Reactions"
Lee S. Sunderlin "Violating the Octet Rule: the Chemistry of Hypervalent Bonds"
Petr Vanýsek "Renewable Energy from Electrochemistry"
Tao Xu "Nanoarchitectured Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Utilization"
Chong Zheng "Solid State Inorganic Materials Chemistry: Unlimited Possibilities"