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Past Seminar Speakers

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Spring 2017

Prof. Ranjit T. Koodali, Department of Chemistry, University of South Dakota
Semiconductor Nanoclusters Dispersed on Mesoporous Supports for Design of an Artificial Leaf

Prof. Terry Moore, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Developing Chemical Probes for Targeting Transcription Factor Interactions

Bruce Stockmeier, Argonne National Laboratory
Safety: The Transition from Academia to Workplace

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Fall 2016

Dr. Rendy Kartika, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University
Utilization of Silyloxyallyl Cations in Synthesis

Dr. Song Jin, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Single‐Crystal Lead Halide Perovskite Nanowires for High‐Performance Lasers and Optoelectronic Devices

Dr. Paul Chiarelli, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola University
Determination of Unknown Pollutants in Aquatic Environments: Identification of 3,5‐Dichloro‐4‐hydroxybenzene sulfonic acid as an unknown persistent pollutant.

Dr. Eugenijus (Eugene) Urnezius, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Portland
Phosphoryl‐appended hydroquinones and their complexes: the advantages of secondary coordination spheres.

Dr. Michael D. Hopkins, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago
Molecularly Patterned Surfaces for the 3D Organization of Functional Molecules and Materials

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Spring 2016

Dr. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University. Recent advances in lead‐free perovskite Chemistry and solar cells.

Dr. Courtney Aldrich, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota. Antibiotics for Tuberculosis that Block Siderophore Biosynthesis.

Dr. Andre R. Venter, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Western Michigan University. Protein Analysis by Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry.

Dr. Depth K. Weerasinghe, Principal, dP3 Consulting. Manufacture of Black Tea—Enzymatic Oxidation or is it Fermentation.

Dr. Kai Zhu, Senior Scientist, Chemical and Materials Science Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Perovskite Solar Cells: Materials, Devices, and Future Opportunities.

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Fall 2015

Dr. Thomas Clayton, Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Knox College. The Influence of Molecular Structure on Order in Fluid Materials: Metallomesogens Based on Copper Carboxylates.

Dr. Jeff Johnston, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University. On‐Demand Synthesis of Small Molecule Therapeutics and Peptides.

Dr. Jeremy Kodanko, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University. Light Activated Therapeutics and Chemical Tools.

Dr. Igor Slowing, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University. Multitasking Nanostructures: customized nano‐assembly lines for catalytic and biological applications.

Dr. Alexei V. Demchenko, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Missouri—St. Louis. From stereocontrolled glycosylation to expeditious oligosaccharide synthesis.

Dr. Tao Li, Assistant Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory. Synchrotron X‐ray and Electron Microscopy Studies of Nanoparticles Assemblies.

Dr. William A. Donaldson, Professor, Organic Chemistry, Marquette University. Generation of Molecular Complexity from Cyclooctatetraene.

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Spring 2015

Dr. Norman (Liang‐Szu) Lu, Professor, Institute of Organic and Polymeric Materials & Department of Molecular Science and Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan. Application of New Fluorinated Materials to Catalysis, Solar Cell and Optoelectronics.

Prof. Thomas Spudich, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Forensic Science, Department of Science and Mathematics, Maryville University (St. Louis, Mo.)The Development, Characterization and Eventual Production (?) of Micro‐Vis Spectrometers with Wireless Communication for UV‐Vis and Fluorescence Applications.

Prof. Daniel Becker, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola University Chicago. Molecular Intimacy: Design and Synthesis of Inhibitors of Bacterial Metalloenzymes and of Supramolecular Scaffolds.

Prof. Keith Pannell, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso. Silicon Chemistry Involving Main Group and Transition Metals.

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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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