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Gustav H. Carlson School of Chemistry

Student and professor in lab

Chemistry Department Seminar Schedule

Seminars are held on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. in room S122, Sackler Sciences Center.
A luncheon is served at 11:45 p.m. in room S325, Sackler Sciences Center.

Upcoming Seminars: Fall 2015

September 4, 2015 Jeffrey C. Monroe, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University Second Year Seminar
"ICP in Elemental Analysis: Principles and Applications Relative to Standard Compositional Analysis and for the Evaluation of Homogeneity in Doped Systems."
September 18, 2015 Prof. Justin K. Sello, Ph.D, Brown University "Novel Small Molecules, Targets, and Strategies in Anti-Infective Development"
September 25, 2015 Jia (Will) Wei, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University

Ph.D. Defense
"Controlled ROMP of cyclobutenes by tuning the steric bulk of the monomer pendant chains: An efficient route towards well-defined cyclobutene-based diblock copolymers"

October 2, 2015 Joshua Boykin, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University Research Proposal
"Heterogenization of Homogeneous Catalysts Using a Metal-Organic Framework with Photoreversable Crosslinking"
October 9, 2015 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Qiuchen (Amy) Zheng, Graduate Student, "Elucidation of the Mechanism for the Inhibition of Insulin Fibril Formation by Rosmarinic Acid"
Qingzhe (Mark) Tan, Graduate Student, "MaxFlux-Probabilistic Roadmap algorithm for Optimal Reaction Pathway of Trp-cage"
Linshu Wang, Gradaute Student, "Towards Hydrazine-Functionaliszed Peptides as Potential Lysyl Oxidase Inhibitors"
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Swarna Basu, Ph.D., Susquehanna University "Substituted Fluorenones: Solvatochromism and Photochemistry"
October 23, 2015 Lynmarie Thompson, Ph.D., Umass Amherst "Mechanisms of Transmembrane Signaling by Chemotaxis Receptors: Structure and Dynamics by NMR and HDX-MS"
October 30, 2015 Graduate Reseach Updates Seminar

Michael Rierdon, Graduate Student, "Syntheses of Anti-MRSA Dolabellane Alcohol and Molecular Probe for SEVI"
Valerie Invancic, Graduate Student, "Biophysical studies of small molecules in the self-assembly of amyloid fibrils"

Saturday, October 31, 2015
26th Annual Harry C. Allen, Jr. Symposium
"Materials for Energy Storage"

Steve Greenbaum, Ph.D., Department of Physics & Astronomy, Hunter College of CUNY, "Battery Materials Science through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance"
Louis Madsen, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, "Understanding Transport from Molecular to Micron Scales in Polymeric Ion Conductors"
Ju Li, Ph.D., Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "In situ electrochemistry in Transmission Electron Microscope"

November 6, 2015 Kevin Kittilstved, Ph.D., Umass Amherst "Revealing the mechanism of substitutional doping in molecular clusters and nanocrystals"

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rhady Sorm, Biochemistry Graduate Student, Clark University Master's Defense
"Biophysical Effects of Polyphenols on Model-Membrane-Mediated Aβ42 Self-Assembly"
November 13, 2015 Ron Grimm, Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute "Methyl-terminated silicon microwire arrays for solar fuels applications: Surface structure, stability, and performance"
November 20, 2015 Graduate Reseach Updates Seminar

Joshua Boykin, Graduate Student, "Synthesis and Exfoliation of Layered Niobates using Microwave Assisted Grafting Reactions.”
Yaya Wang, Graduate Student, "HERC5 & HERC6 - Disease relevant E3 ubiquitin ligases”

November 25-27th Thanksgiving Break No seminar

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hanzhong (Fido) Liu, Chemistry Graduate Student, Clark University "Solvent effect on protein folding and network representation of folding kinetics"



Previous Seminars

Spring 2015

Date Speaker Title
February 6, 2015 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Kai Peng, Graduate Student, "Mass Spectrometry Study of Lysyl Oxidase"
Hanzhong (Fido) Liu, Graduate Student, “Comparing of two Clustering Methods Based on Inherent Structure and RMSD”
Jia (Will) Wei, Graduate Student, “Synthesis via ROMP of Polycyclobutene diblock Copolymers and their Applications as Water-Free Proton Conducting Membranes for Fuel Cells”
February 20, 2015

Sarita Nellutla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Chemical Sciences, Conant Science and Mathematics Building, Bridgewater State University

"Application of EMR spectroscopy in Magnetic Materials"
February 27, 2015 Graduate Research Updates Seminar

Josh Boykin, Graduate Student, “Exfoliation of Layered Niobates using an Alkoxylated Intermediate”
Michael Reardon, Graduate Student, “Syntheses of Anit-MRSA Dolabellane Alcohol and 4-Cyanobenzo-1,3,2-Dithiazolyl Radical
Yaya Wang, Graduate Student, “Explore the Function of Truncated Hemoglobin from Marine Bacterium Roseobacter.denitrificans”

March 13, 2015 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Valerie Ivancic, Graduate Student, “NMR Studies of Amyloid-Small-Molecule Complexes”
Qingzhe (Mark) Tan, Graduate Student,“Application of Diffusion Maps as a Dimensionality Reduction Tool on Trp-Cage”
Linshu Wang, Graduate Student, “Towards Hydrazine-Functionalized Peptides as Potential Lysyl Oxidase Inhibitors”
March 20, 2015 Leslie Matthews-Griner, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research ‒ Oncology, Cambridge, MA "Epigenetic Characterization of Prostate Cancer Stem Cells"

March 27, 2015

Graduate Research Updates Seminar Jeff Monroe, Graduate Student, “Investigation of a Well Isolated 2D-Quantum Heisenberg Antiferromagnet”
Qiuchen (Amy) Zheng, Graduate Student, “Elucidating the effects of small molecules and disulfide bonds on amyloid
formation by insulin”
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Second Year Research Seminar

Valerie Ivancic, Graduate Student, "Detection and biological significance of Hoogsteen base pairs in DNA"
YaYa Wang, Graduate Student, "The application of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in medical field"

Thursday, April 9, 2015 Qingzhen (Mark) Tan “Replica Exchange and its Applications in the Study
of Phase Transition”

April 10, 2015

Linshu Wang, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University

Second Year Seminar
"Chiral BINOL-Phosphoric Acids as Versatile Organocatalysts for Enantioselective Reactions"

April 17, 2015 Ryan Murelli, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY "New Synthetic Methods and Strategies for Drug Discovery and Development"
April 24, 2015 Biochemistry Honors Seminar Elizabeth Severson, Biochemistry Honors Student,
"Studies of the Structure and Inhibition of Lysyl Oxidase"
Yadana Khin, Biochemistry Honors Student, "Effects of Light-Emitting Diodes on the Light Harvesting System of Green Photosynthetic Bacteria"


Fall 2014

Date Speaker Title
August 29, 2014 Dr. Erik Berda, Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire "Single-Chain Nanoparticles: Synthesis of Nano-Scale Architectures by Manipulating Discrete Macromolecules"
September 12, 2014 Dr. Robert Kane, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Baylor University "Improving Vaccines and Islet Transplants Using Synthetic Chemistry"
September 19, 2014 Jia (Will) Wei, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, Clark University

Research Proposal
"Molecular Imprinting based Drug Delivery of siRNA for Anticancer Therapy: Efficient Loading and Controlled Release"

September 26, 2014 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Kai Peng, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Update of Lysyl Oxidase Research"
Xiaorui (Sean) Chen, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Study of Ion Conducting Materials using Multifunctioal Phase-Separated Block Copolymers"
Hanzhong (Fido) Liu, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Comparing Two Clustering Methods Based on Inherent Structure and RMSD"
October 17, 2014 Li-Qiong Wang, Department of Chemistry, Brown University "Probing Structures and Porosity of Electrode Materials in Li Ion Battery"
October 24, 2014 Graduate Research Updates Seminar Jia (Will) Wei, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Block Copolymer Synthesis of Triazole-Bearing Cyclobutenes via Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization"
Joshua Boykin, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Microwave Assisted Alkoxylation of Layered Niobates as a Route Towards Exfoliation"
Michael Reardon, Graduate Student, Clark University
"Synthesis of Anti-MRSA Dolabellane Alcohol"