Seminar Series

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Past Seminar Speakers

Fall 2012  |  Fall 2011  |  Fall 2010  |  Fall 2009

Spring 2012  |  Spring 2011  |  Spring 2010  |  Spring 2009

For a listing of seminar speakers prior to Spring 2009, please click here.

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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Fall 2010

Dr. Alfred P. Sattelberger, Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis, Argonne National Laboratory, "Prospecting the Chemistry of Element 43"

Prof. Christopher C. Mulligan , Department of Chemistry, Illinois State University, "Pushing the Limits of Mass Spectrometry: Miniaturized Instruments and Ambient Ionization"

Prof. Paul S. Cremer, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, "Using Supported Bilayers for Sensors and Separations"

Prof. George R. Newkome, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School; Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Polymer Science, The University of Akron, "Supramolecular, Polymer, and Materials Chemistry"

Mr. Raymond T. Marsili, Marsili Consulting Group, "Analytical Tools and Techniques for Resolving Off-Flavors and Malodors in Foods"

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Spring 2010

Dr. Robert Sobel, Director of Technology and Innovation, FONA International Inc., "Optimization of Flavor Encapsulation using Polysaccharides"

Prof. Michael Rubin, University of Kansas, Department of Chemistry, "Diastereoconvergent Route toward Donor-Acceptor Cyclopropanes via Formal Substitution Reaction"

Organic Search Candidate, "Design and Synthesis of Phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D) Allosteric Modulators for Enhancing Cognition with Improved Safety"

Organic Search Candidate, "Total Synthesis of Platensimycin, Platencin and (-)-Dactylolide"

Organic Search Candidate, "Fragment-Based de Novo Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Selective Inhibitors for Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase"

Dr. Eric Conklin, Marine Science Advisor for the Hawai‘i Marine Program, The Nature Conservancy, "Coral Reef Ecology: Why it Matters"

Dr. Plamen Demirev, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, "Mass Spectrometry in Biodefense"

Prof. Mary Wirth, Purdue University, Department of Chemistry, "Silica Nanoparticles in Bioanalytical Chemistry"

Prof. Bakul Dave, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Department of Chemistry, "Materials Science and Engineering of Sol-Gel Derived Systems"

Prof. Catherine Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Inorganic Nanoparticle Fabrication and Functionalization"

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Fall 2009

Prof. Prashant V. Kamat, University of Notre Dame, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Radiation Laboratory, and Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, "Nanoscale Materials for Solar Energy Conversion"

Prof. Raymond E. Schaak, Penn State University, Department of Chemistry, "Chemical Design Strategies for the Synthesis of Complex Inorganic Nanocrystals"

Dr. Di-Jia Liu, Argonne National Laboratory, Division of Chemical Science and Engineering, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Materials Group, "Advanced Materials & Characterizations for Energy Storage & Fuel Cell Applications"

Prof. Venkatram R. Mereddy, University of Minnesota, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Luminescence-Based MicroRNA Detection Technologies"

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Spring 2009

Dr. Christopher L. Marshall, Argonne National Laboratory, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Heterogeneous Catalysis Research, "Oxidative dehydrogenation of paraffins and cycloparaffins by nanolith catalysts"

Dr. Thomas J. Colacot, Johnson Matthey, Catalysis & Chiral Technologies, "Highly active, air-stable Pd-phosphine complexes for challenging cross-coupling reactions in pharmaceutical processes"

Prof. Thomas B. Rauchfuss, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Chemistry, "Bio-organometallic chemistry: models for the [FeFe]-hydrogenase enzymes"

Prof. Sapna Deo, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, "Luminescence-based microRNA detection technologies"

Prof. Kathleen V. Kilway, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Department of Chemistry, "Synthesis of aromatic systems containing acene and fluoranthene cores"

Prof. Douglas A. Klumpp, Northern Illinois University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, "New chemistry with superelectrophiles"

Prof. Hilkka I. Kenttämaa, Purdue University, Department of Chemistry, "Functional group selective gas-phase ion-molecule reactions on FT-ICR mass spectrometer"

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