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Departmental Seminar Schedule | Student Seminar Schedule

Departmental Seminar Schedule for Fall 2015
** Held in Hunter 100 on Thursdays at 4:00pm. **


25 Annual Department Picnic


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
10 Seth Rasmussen - North Dakota State University Molecular Design of Conjugated Materials for Optoelectronics:  Applications of Fused-ring Thiophene Building Blocks Bill Pennington
24 Justin Walensky - University of Missouri "The Softer Side of Actinide Chemistry" Brian Powell/George Chumanov


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
1 Tom Meyer - UNC Chapel Hill "Finding the Way to Solar Fuels" Andy Tennyson
8 Seminar cancelled
15 Steve Strauss and Olga Boltalina - Colorado State University "Incrementally Tunable Perfluoroalkylated Aromatics and their Interactions with Electrons, Electron Donors, and Photons from Microwaves to X-rays" Joe Thrasher
22 Linda Shimizu - University of South Carolina "Functional Materials from Self-Assembling Bis-urea Macrocycles" Modi Wetzler
29 Lisa Holland - West Virginia University "Biocompatible Nanogels as Smart Materials to Drive Bioanalyses" Steve Creager


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
12 Bradley Merner - Auburn University "Bent para-Phenylenes:  Natural Products, Macrocycles, Nanohoops and Much More" Modi Wetzler
19 Belinda Akpa - North Carolina State University "Math + Biochemistry + Physiology:       An examination of toxicity and lipid-mediated toxicity reversal using integrative physiological models" Leah Casabianca


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
3 Christopher Junk - DuPont Company "Ultralow Wear Fluoropolymer Composites:  It's All About the Tribochemistry" Joe Thrasher


Departmental Seminar Schedule for Spring 2016


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
6 Classes Begin    
14 Shannon Stahl - University of Wisconsin Madison "Aerobic Oxidation Reactions for Organic Chemical Synthesis" Andy Tennyson
21 Ines Batinic-Haberle - Duke University "Design of Mn porphyrin-based SOD mimics as powerful anticancer drugs and radioprotectors" Andy Tennyson
26 Xin Hong - Stanford University "Mechanistic Understanding and Catalyst Design in Metal-catalyzed Reactions through Theory and Computation" Karl Dieter
28 Brett Savoie - California Institute of Technology TBA Karl Dieter


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
2 Sourav Saha - Florida State University "Stimuli-Responsive Functional Materials" Karl Dieter
4 Roger LeBlanc - University of Miami "Carbon Nanomaterials at the Bio-interface" Ya-Ping Sun
11  Yue Wang - Stanford University "Order vs. Disorder:  Advancing Organic Electronics through Morphology Control"  Karl Dieter
18 David Bryce - University of Ottawa "Recent Advances in NMR Studies of Bonding Interactions in Solids"

 Bill Pennington

Leah Casabianca

25 Daniel Heller - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center "Nanotechnologies for the Detection and Targeted Treatment of Disease" Leah Casabianca


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
3 Babak Borhan - Michigan State University "Catalytic Asymmetric Chloro Functionalization of Olefins:  Methodology and Mechanistic Considerations" Dan Whitehead
10 Seminar Canceled
14-18 Spring Break    
13-17 ACS meeting in San Diego, CA    
31 Thomas Gray - Case Western Reserve University "Adventures in Metal-Carbon Bond Formation" Andy Tennyson


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
7 Ken Karlin - Johns Hopkins University "Generation and Characterization of Primary Copper(I)-Dioxygen Adducts:  A Bioinorganic Perspective" Andy Tennyson
14 Rendy Kartika - Louisiana State University "New Chemistries with Oxyallyl Cations" Dan Whitehead
21 Anthony Arduengo - University of Alabama "The Route to Stable Nucleophilic Carbenes & a Path Forward" Joe Thrasher


These seminars are open to anyone interested and will be held in the Hunter Laboratories Auditorium Room 100 on Thursdays at 4:00pm.. For any further information, please contact George Chumanov ( or telephone (864) 656-2339.


Student Seminar Schedule For Fall 2015

Physical and Analytical Chemistry Student Seminar Program
CH851 (section 2) Analytical/Physical Student Seminar:

Date Speaker Title
September 15 Zhe Jia TBA
September 22
October 6
October 20
December 1

Organic/Inorganic Chemistry Student Seminar Program
CH 851 Organic-Inorganic Seminar:

Date Speaker Title
August 21 Dr. Whitehead "Guidelines for a Good Seminar"
August 28

Jaime Murphy - Proposal Seminar (Brumaghim group)

"Sulfur and selenium antioxidants:  Activity by metal binding or sacrificial oxidation?"
September 4 Andrea Gaertner - Proposal Seminar (Brumaghim group) "DNA damage prevention with sulfur and selenium containing compounds"
September 11
September 19
September 25
October 2
October 9 Kirstin Sockwell - Proposal Seminar (Wetzler group) "Novel Macrocyclic Ligand Design for Actinide Coordination"
October 16 Timothy Lex - Proposal Seminar (Whitehead group) "Developing Novel Iodo-Arene Containing Amino Acids and Conjugates that Exhibit High Reactivities in Hypervalent Iodine Mediated Transformations"
October 23
October 30 Megan Sibley - Proposal Seminar (Wetzler group) "Polyaminocarboxylic Acid and Azamacrocycle Ligands for Selective Lanthanide and Actinide Chelation"
November 6 No Seminar - SERMACS 2015 - Memphis
November 13 Heeren Gordhan - Literature Seminar (Whitehead group) "Tandem reactions in organic synthesis with an application to the synthesis of a spirocyclic natural product"
November 20 Wang Wan - Literature Seminar (Smith group) "Investigation of metal-organic framework (MOFs) materials:  assembly of transition metals with organic building blocks"
November 27 No Seminar - Thanksgiving
December 4 Mohammed Abbas - Literature Seminar (Brumaghim group) "Cellular RNA as important potential drug target by platinum complexes"
December 11 No Seminar - Final Exams

Student Seminar Schedule For Spring 2016

Physical and Analytical Chemistry Student Seminar Program
CH851 (section 2) Analytical/Physical Student Seminar:

Date Speaker Title
Feb 2
Feb 9 Ting Ting Han TBA
March 1 David Hyde-Volpe "Physical Implementations of Quantum Computing"
March 8 Ting Ting Han "Enthalpy/Entropy Compensation in Protein-Ligand Binding"
March 15 Spring Break
March 22 Ed Hoegg "LAARS:  A Spectroscopy Method for Measuring Isotope Ratios"
March 29 Melissa Rogalski "Measuring Displacement on the Micron Scale:  Fluorescence and X-ray Excited Optical Luminescent Spectral Rulers for Orthopedic Applications"
April 5 Vibhor Agrawal "Making Sense of Big Data:  A data-driven chemistry in era of Big Data"
April 12 Daniel Willett TBA
April 19 Liuwei Jiang TBA

Organic/Inorganic Chemistry Student Seminar Program
CH 851 Organic-Inorganic Seminar:

Date Speaker Title
January 15
January 22 Dr. Joseph Thrasher - Kickoff Meeting
January 29
February 5 Wang Wan - Literature Seminar (Smith group) "Investigation of metal-organic framework (MOFs) materials:  assembly of transition metals with organic building blocks"
February 26
March 4 Daniel Hercules - Final Research Seminar (Thrasher group) "Development of Pilot-Scale Tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) Polymerization Facility at Clemson University:  Co-polymerization Kinetics of Sulfonyl Fluoride-substituted Vinyl Ethers, Vinylidene Defluoride  (VDF), and other Monomers with TFE in the Presence and Absence of Gaseous Carbon Dioxide (CO2)."
March 11
March 25 Maria Swasy - Literature Seminar (Whitehead group) "Photolabile Protecting Groups:  Coumarin-Type Caged Biomolecules"
April 1 Rylan Terry - Literature Seminar (Kolis group) "Recent Advances in Metal Alloy Technologies"
April 8 McKenzie Campbell - Proposal Seminar "Reduced Polyoxovanadates for Catalytic Oxidations"
April 15 Kyle Beard - Literature Seminar (Creager group) "An Investigation of Polymeric Macrosurfactants"
April 22 Kyle Fulle - Literature Seminar (Kolis group) "Negative Thermal Expansion:  Material Study and Applications"

Proposal Seminars
Date, Seminar Speaker

Dates reserved for candidate final serminar
Date, Seminar Speaker:

The Physical/Analytical seminars are held on Tuesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in Hunter100.

The Inorganic/Organic seminars are held on Fridays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in
Hunter 100.

Attendance of all graduate students is required.