Events & Seminars

Fall, 2015

Faculty Seminar Schedule


All Seminars are held (unless otherwise noted) on Thursdays in Beury Hall Room 162 at 4:00pm. Refreshments will be served at 3:30pm.


August 28

(Friday, 3:00pm, BE160)

Dr. Chong Fang

Oregon State University

"Excited State Proton Transfer in Solution and Protein Biosensors: A Femtosecond Raman Study" Borguet

September 3


Dr. Alvin L. Crumbliss

Duke University


"Hijacking Iron: Mechanisms for Iron Transport in Gram-Negative
Pathogenic Bacteria"

September 10


Dr. Gabor Somorjai

Univ. of California - Berkeley

"Molecular Catalysis Science. Nanoparticle Synthesis, and Instrument Development for Characterization Under Reaction Conditions. Conquering Catalytic Complexity."

Student Distinguished Lectureship Program

September 17



Dr. C. N. R. Rao

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

“Artificial Photosynthesis and the Generation of Hydrogen by Water Splitting” Klein and Dai

October 8

Dr. Robert H. Crabtree

Yale University

"Catalysis for Solar Fuels: Formation and Storage" Dobereiner

October 16

(Friday, 3:00pm,


Dr. Kristin Bowman-James

University of Kansas

"The Power of Chelate and Macrocyclic Effects in Supramolecular Chemistry." Valentine

October 29


Dr. Ishita Mukerji

Wesleyan University

"Role of DNA Dynamics in Protein Binding and Recognition at the Single Base Level" Stanley

November 5


Dr. Randall Goldsmith

Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison




November 12


Dr. Michael Burkart

Univ. of California - San Diego

“Protein Interactions In Acetate Metabolism” Wuest

November 19


Dr. Gregory Hartland

University of Notre Dame

“Transient absorption microscopy studies of single metal and semiconductor nanostructures” Borguet








Graduate Student Seminar Schedule


All Seminars are held on Tuesday in Beury Hall Room 160 at 4:00pm. Refreshments will be served at 3:45pm.


September 29

Sue Varnum

Michael Zdilla

Robert Levis

Faculty Research Presentations

October 6

Frank Spano

Yugang Sun

Spiridoula Matsika

Faculty Research Presentations

October 13

Daniel Strongin

Ronald Levy

Scott Sieburth

Faculty Research Presentations

October 20

Vincent Voelz

Derek Wozniak

Faculty Research Presentations

Student Presentation

November 3

Akila Thenuwara

James Shambeda

Colleen Keohane

Student Presentation

November 10

Joseph Becica

Taryn Anthony

Lang Gao

Student Presentation
November 17

Melody Pham

Vignesh Sundaresan

Steven Meckel

Student Presentation

November 24

December 1

Evan Samples

Joe Dalessandro

Student Presentation



Chemistry After Dark: Research Talks By Grad Students

Chemistry After Dark: Research Talks By Grad Students, For Grad Students. A monthly evening discussion group featuring research presentations by our own graduate students on the hottest research in the department.  Grad students learn to give clear and understandable talks on their work to a wide and varied audience.

Chemistry After Dark talks always become lively and exciting discussions, sometimes even leading to collaborations between groups.  Food and drink provided by the department.  Come relax and chat chemistry with friends! Organized by Christiana Teijaro, Madison Fletcher, Ian Mckendry, and Stefan Piontek.










Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club seminars are held at 8 p.m. in the CAROLYN HOFF LYNCH hall at the Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania following dinner at 6 (cocktails at 5:30).