Chemistry Seminar Program

Fall 2013 | Spring 2014

August | September | October | November | December

All seminars begin at 3:40 pm in Dabney 124 unless otherwise noted.
Refreshments will be served outside Dabney 124 at 3:30 pm.


Friday, August 30

Host: Joshua G. Pierce

Neil K. Garg, UCLA

“Complex Molecule Synthesis as a Fuel for Discovery”

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Thursday, September 5

Special Interest Seminar, Host: Joshua G. Pierce

Uttam Tambar, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

“Catalytic Asymmetric Molecular Rearrangements”

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Please Note: Seminar will be held in Dabney 220 at 4:00 pm

Friday, September 6

Host: Stefan Franzen

Libero (Lee) Bartolotti, Jr., East Carolina University

“Density Functional Study of the Atmospheric Reaction Mechanisms”

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Friday, September 13

Host: Elena Jakubikova

Christopher Cramer, University of Minnesota

“Mechanistic Characterization of Homogeneous Catalytic Processes for Water Splitting and CO2 Reduction”

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Friday, September 20

Host: Alex Smirnov

Song-I Han, UC Santa Barbara

“Protein-membrane interactions probed by local hydration dynamics”

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Friday, September 27

Host: Gavin Williams

Michael D. Burkart, UCSD

“Protein interactions in the actetate biosynthetic pathway”

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Friday, October 4

Host: Dave Shultz

John F. Berry, University of Wisconsin

“Metal-Metal Multiply Bonded Intermediates in Catalysis”

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Friday, October 11

No Seminar

Fall Break

Monday, October 14

Special Organic Division Seminar, Host: Joshua Pierce

Dr. Mitchell Croatt, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Discovery, Design, and Dumb Luck: Three Equally Useful Tools for Synthetic Chemists”

Please Note: Seminar will be held in Dabney 220 at 3:40 pm

Friday, October 18

Host: Gavin Williams

Yi Tang, UCLA

“Discovering New Enzymes for Biosynthesis and Biocatalysis”

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Thursday, October 24

Special Inorganic Seminar, Host: Walter Weare

Prof. Zachary Tonzetich, University of Texas at San Antonio

“Non-Traditional Organometallic Chemistry: Fundamental Studies and Catalytic Applications”

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Friday, October 25

Host: Dave Shultz

Alan F. Heyduk, University of California - Irvine

“Redox-Active Ligands in Late Transition Metal Complexes: Multi-Electron Reactions and Charge-Transfer Molecules”

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Monday, October 28

Special Interest Seminar, Host: Reza Ghiladi

Eunsuk Kim, Brown University

“Synthetic Modeling Chemistry of Iron-Sulfur Clusters in NO Signaling”

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Friday, November 1

Host: Christian Melander

Gerry Wright, McMaster University

“Resistance guided antibiotic discovery”

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Friday, November 8

Host: Walter Weare

Richard Royce Schrock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Olefin Metathesis by Mo and W Catalysts: Not Just Chopped Liver”

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Friday, November 15

Host: Gavin Williams

Sean Brady, Rockefeller University

“Watch where you step, there is new chemistry everywhere”

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Friday, November 22

Host: Stefan Franzen

David Beratan, Duke University

“Does Evolution Care About Quantum Mechanics? Electrons, Bioenergetics, and Life”

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Friday, November 29

No Seminar

Thanksgiving Break


Monday, December 2

Organic Candidate Seminar, Host: Gavin Williams

James Frederich, University of California, Los Angeles

“A Component-Based Synthesis of Complex Prodiginines and Biologically Active Structural Analogs”

Please Note: Seminar will be held in Dabney 220 at 3:40 pm

Thursday, December 5

Organic Candidate Seminar, Host: Dan Comins

Steven Townsend, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

“Target-Oriented Total Synthesis: From Small Molecules to Biologics”

Please Note: Seminar will be held in Dabney 220 at 3:40 pm

Monday, December 9

Organic Candidate Seminar, Host: Christian Melander

Matthew Brichacek, University of Illinois

“New Methods for the Synthesis of N- and O-Heterocycles & Chemical Synthesis of Homogeneous ADP-Ribose Oligomers”

Please Note: Seminar will be held in Cox 209 at 3:40 pm

Thursday, December 12

Organic Candidate Seminar, Host: Joshua Pierce

David Martin, Princeton University

“The Application of Zincke Aldehydes to the Synthesis of Strychnos Alkaloids and Photoredox Activation for the Direct beta-Functionalization of Aldehydes and Ketones”

Please Note: Seminar will be held in Dabney 220 at 3:40 pm

Thursday, December 19

Organic Candidate Seminar, Host: Jon Lindsey

Yajing Lian, Yale University

“Rh-catalyzed C-H Bond Functionalization and Asymmetric Transformations of Vinylcarbenoids”

Please Note: Seminar will be held in Dabney 220 at 3:40 pm

August | September | October | November | December

Fall 2013 | Spring 2014