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Departmental Seminar Schedule | Student Seminar Schedule

** Held in Hunter 100 on Thursdays at 4:00pm. **

Departmental Seminar Schedule for Spring 2018


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
10 Classes Begin    
11 Joe Kolis "My Roadmap to a Wildly Successful Career in Chemistry with Absolutely No Potholes Along the Way"
18 Yuri Freeman - KEMET "Inorganic and Organic Tantalum Capacitors: Science, Technology, and Applications" George Chumanov
25 Kristin Bowman-James - University of Kansas "Anion Coordination Chemistry" Sourav Saha


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
1 Robert Huigens - University of Florida Gainesville "Phenazine Antibiotics and Indole Alkaloids: New Platforms for Discovery" Dan Whitehead
8 Micke Nilsson - University of California Irvine "Synergy, Microemulsions and Aggregation Formation in Extraction Processes for Used Nuclear Fuel" Julia Brumaghim
15  Melanie Cooper - Michigan State University "Evidence-Based Approaches to Curriculum Reform and Assessment" Ken Marcus


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
1 Jeffrey Rack - University of New Mexico "Photochromism and Photonastism in Ruthenium Sulfoxide Complexes and Materials" Joe Thrasher
8 Gregory Drake - Army Redstone Arsenal "Workhorse Chemistry for Solid Tactical Propellants" Joe Kolis
15 Herman Sintim - Purdue University "Small Molecule Inhibitors of Bacterial Quorum Sensing and Cyclic Dinucleotide Signaling" Dan Whitehead

Special Seminar

Ion Halalay - General Motors

"Multifunctional Materials: a Promising Approach for Improving the Durability and Performance of Li-Ion Batteries" Olt Geiculescu
19-23 Spring Break    
29 David C. Baker - University of Tennessee Knoxville TBA

Dev Arya

Joe Thrasher


Day Speaker Topic Sponsor
5 Brent Iverson - University of Texas at Austin TBA Sourav Saha
12 Rob Schurko - University of Windsor, Canada TBA Leah Casabianca
19 Shengqian Ma - University of South Florida "Advanced Porous Organic Polymers:  Task-Specific Design and Functionalization" Sourav Saha
26 Rex Gerald - Ozark Technical College - Table Rock Campus TBA Leah Casabianca
April 30-May 4 Exam Week


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 2017

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

Date Speaker Title
October 10
October 24  Wenxing Zhang TBA
November 7 Muskendol Novoa Delgado TBA
November 14  Ed Hoegg TBA
December 5 Paige Reed TBA

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

Date Speaker Title
September 1 Dr. Joe Thrasher Kickoff Meeting
September 8 Khadijatul Kobra - Literature (Pennington group) "Halogentated flame retardants-potential risks and remedy"
September 15 Daniel Vinton - Literature (Kolis group) "Investigation into Materials for Actinide Speciation and Environmental Remediation"
September 22 No Seminar
September 29 Catherine A. Conrad - Literature (Smith group) "Use of Main Group Elements as Starting Materials"
October 6 Cassi Hager - Literature (Thrasher/Creager Groups) "Materials Used in Oil Remediation"
October 13 No Seminar
October 20 Ashley A. Dickey - Proposal (Whitehead group) "Synthesis of Scintillating Nanoparticles for use in the Field of Optogenetics"
October 27 Chandima Narangoda - Proposal (Whitehead group) "Synthesis of diazetine and oxadiazinone derivatives using azodicarboxylates and electron-rich alkynes"
November 3 Fan Yang - Research (Sun group) "Preparation and Studies of Carbon Dots as Nano-probes"
November 10 No Seminar - SERMACS 2017
November 17 Steven P. Belina - Research (Thrasher group) "The Synthesis of Novel Pentafluorosulfanyl-Containing Herterocycles, and the Synthesis and Characterization of Pentafluorosulfanyldifluoromethane"
November 24 No Seminar - Thanksgiving
December 1 Chen Liu - Research (Thrasher group) "Synthesis and characterization of fluorinated ethers and related polymers"
December 8 Justin Talbert - Proposal (Hwu/Dominy group) "Computational Crystal Growth Analysis of Simple and Complex Ionic Salts"
December  No Seminar 

Student Seminar Schedule For Spring 2018

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

Date Speaker Title
Feb 6 Htoo Paing "Three-Dimensional Imaging Utilizing Laser Ablation:  A Complete Elemental Picture"
Feb 13 Hung Trang TBA
March 6 Sisi Huang TBA
March 13 Tatiana Estrada-Mendoza TBA
March 20-24 Spring Break
March 27 Hui Xu TBA
April 3 Katja Hall TBA
April 10 Chathurika Kosgallana TBA
April 17 Meenakshi Ranasinghe TBA
April 24 Tyler Williams TBA

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

Date Speaker Title
February  Dr. Joseph Thrasher - Kickoff Meeting

Proposal Seminars
Date, Seminar Speaker

Dates reserved for candidate final seminar
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.