Events & Seminars

Spring, 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.


January 29

Dr. Catalina Achim

Carnegie Mellon University

"Hybrid Inorganic-Nucleic Acid Structures Based on PNA" Valentine
February 12

Dr. James M. Mayer

Yale University

“Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer:  from Hydrogen Atom Transfer and Marcus Theory to Electrocatalysis to Nanoparticles” Dobereiner
February 19

Dr. Mark R. Biscoe

The City College of New York

"Rethinking Asymmetric Synthesis: The Development of General Metal-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions That Enable the Use of Optically Active Nucleophiles" Sieburth
February 26

Dr. Mark W. Grinstaff

Boston University

"Poly-amido-saccharides as New Carbohydrate Polymers and Biomaterials" Wuest
March 10

Dr. Svetlana Neretina

Temple University (College of Engineering)

"Shape Engineering Periodic Arrays of Substrate-Based Plasmonic Nanostructures" Borguet
March 12

Dr. Matthew J. Cook

Queen's University - Belfast (NORTHERN IRELAND)

"Silicon, Spiroketals and Sigmatropic Rearrangements" Borguet
March 19

Dr. Kim Janda

The Scripps Research Institute

"Bacteria, Cancer, and Addiction: Searching for Molecules that have Physiological Function" Wuest

March 20

(Friday, 3:00pm)

Dr. Michael A. Brook

McMaster University (CANADA)

“Structuring Interfaces with Structured Siloxanes” Sieburth
March 26

Dr. Karl J. Hale

Queen's University - Belfast



"Total Synthesis of the Antitumor Antibiotic, (-)-Echinosporin, and Some Recent Studies on the Application of the O-Directed Free Radical Hydrostannation of Alkynes" Sieburth
April 2

Dr. Pehr Harbury

Stanford University

"TBA" Student Distinguished Lectureship Program

April 10

(Friday, 3:00pm)

Dr. Champak Chatterjee

University of Washington - Seattle

"Chemical Approaches To Study Ubiquitin-like Proteins In Bacteria and Humans" Sieburth

April 16

Dr. Nilay Hazari

Yale University

"Pincer Supported Transition Metal Complexes for the Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide and Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid"

April 23

Dr. Helen Blackwell

University of Wisconsin - Madison

"Synthetic Ligands for the Interception of Bacterial Communication" Wuest

May 13

(Wednesday, 3:00pm)

Dr. Phil S. Baran

The Scripps Research Institute

"Studies In Natural Product Synthesis" Wengryniuk




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.


February 10



Feburary 17



Feburary 24



March 3
No Class

Spring Break

March 10



March 17
March 24
ACS Meeting

Denver, Colorado

March 31

Ramya Mantravadi

Gerald Barney


April 2


Dr. Pehr Harbury

Graduate Student Distinguished

Lecture Series

April 7

Owen O' Sullivan

Xiao Jin

April 14

Samer Daher

Colin Fitzpatrick


April 21
Annastassia Gallo



Professor Somorjai

Fall 2015 Graduate Student Distinguished Lectureship




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).