Conferences and Seminars

Attending seminars is a great way to expand your knowledge of chemistry and experience the preparation required to present research findings. Throughout the semester, graduate students will defend their finished theses to complete their requirements for a master’s degree in chemistry. Students have the opportunity to learn from faculty and other guest speakers from other universities.

Seminars are held on Wednesdays, at 3:35 p.m., in Meyer Library, Room 101, unless otherwise noted. See below for a list of upcoming seminar topics and speakers.

Current Seminar Schedule

Fall 2017

Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Aug 23 Dr. Mary E. Krause Bristol-Myers Squibb Converting CO2 to Commodity Chemicals Using Transition Metal Catalysis
Sep 6 Dr. Gary Meints Chemistry Dept, Missouri State Multiple Spectroscopic Techniques to Determine Fundamental Properties of Damaged DNA
Sep 13 Dr. Fei Wang Chemistry Dept, Missouri State

Solid State Chemistry of Intermetallic Compounds: Synergism between Experiment and Theory

Sep 20 Dr. Risheng Wang

Missouri University of Science and Technology

DNA Engineering: From Structure to Application
Sep 27 Dr. Cyren Rico Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Oct 4 Jamie Gray Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Oct 18 Dr. David Vinyard Louisiana State University TBA
Oct 25 Quintin Wyatt & Jacob Blankenship Chemistry Dept, Missouri State  TBA
Nov 1 Dr. Laleh Tahsini Oklahoma State University TBA
Nov 8 Samuel Kasson Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Nov 15 Dr. Timothy Glass University of Missouri, Columbia MO Peering into Neurons with Fluorescent Sensors for Neurotransmitters
Nov 29 Andrew Eckelmann Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Dec 7 Undergraduate (CHM499) Presentations Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA

Past Seminar Schedules

Spring 2017

 Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Feb 1 Snow Popis Chemistry Dept, Missouri State The Silver Cyanoximate Bullet
Feb 8 Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Feb 15 Dr. Xiaoyan (Sharon) Cao -

TBA

Feb 22 Dr. Cyren Rico - TBA
Feb 24 Dr. Sarah H. Elsea Baylor College TBA
Mar 1 Dr. Andre Clayborne University of Missouri - Kansas
City
Electrochemistry at the Nanoparticle Interface: Insights from Computational Chemistry
Mar 8 Lukas Kriem Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Mar 22 Chideraa Nwachukwu Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Mar 29 Adebola Adelani Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Apr 5 Dr. Craig McLauchlan Illinois State University Versatile Vanadium: From Materials to Biology
Apr 19 Zachary Wilson Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Apr 26 William Ehrhardt and Michael Green Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
May 3 Leanna Patton and Arwa Alshehri Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
May 10 Undergraduate (CHM499) Presentations Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA

Fall 2016

Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Sept 7 Dr. Wesley Bernskoetter University of Missouri, Columbia MO Converting CO2 to Commodity Chemicals Using Transition Metal Catalysis
Sept 14 Dr. Mahua Biswas Physics Dept, Missouri State TBA
Sept 21 Dr. Julio D’Arcy Washington University, St Louis MO

Enhancing Cycling Stability of Conducting Polymer Electrochemical Capacitors in Aqueous Electrolytes

Oct 5 Andrew Eckelmann Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Oct 12 Dr. Nick Dalton Sigma Aldrich TBA
Oct 19 Jeremy Hines Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Oct 26 Dr. Monica Kinde Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Unlocking Anesthesia: Characterizing Large Membrane Proteins with 19F NMR
Nov 2 Adam Kirkpatrick Chemistry Dept, Missouri State  TBA
Nov 9 Dr. Mark Anorld University of Iowa Spectroscopic Methods for Nondestructive Analytical Measurements
Nov 16 Miles Pearson Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Nov 30 Snow Popis Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA
Dec 7 Undergraduate (CHM499) Presentations Chemistry Dept, Missouri State TBA

Spring 2016

Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Jan 20 Dr. Keiichi Yoshimatsu Missouri State Developing chemical and biomolecular tools for analytical, separation, and biomedical applications
Jan 27 Dr. Maria Stepanova Missouri State University Biomolecular modeling and characterization of molecular dynamics
Feb 3 Dr. Fei Wang Missouri State University

High temperature syntheses of intermetallic solid state compounds

Feb 10 Dr. Jeff White Oklahoma State University Soft matter presents hard problems: New insights from advanced magnetic resonance
Feb 17

Adedamola Opalade; Christopher Bekas

Missouri State University

Synthesis, characterization and Investigations of Several Transition Metals Cyanoximate; An Examination of Tetraphenylporphyrin-based Lanthanide Series Membranes

Feb 24 Matthew Ellis; Nicholas Mundt Missouri State University TBA
Mar 2 Dr. Gabriel Cook Oklahoma State University TBA
Mar 9 Spring Break    
Mar 16 Michelle Herridge; Jeremy Hines Missouri State University TBA
Mar 23 Adam Kirkpatrick; Karolina Kosinska Missouri State University TBA
Mar 30 Sam Kean Guest Author, Science Writer Note: Seminar at 5:00pm in the Plaster Student Union Theater
Apr 6 Lukas Kriem; Adebola Adelani Missouri State University TBA
Apr 13 Chideraa Nwachukwu; Miles Pearson Missouri State University TBA
Apr 20 Zachary Wilson; Sarah Roughton Missouri State University TBA
Apr 27 TBA Missouri State University TBA
May 4 Undergraduate (CHM 499) talks Missouri State University TBA

Fall 2015

Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Sept 23 Guest Speaker Sigma-Aldrich TBA
Sept 30 Chris Bekas Missouri State Ion Selective Electrodes and Carbon Nanotubes
Oct 7 Matt Ellis Missouri State

Synthesis of InP/ZnS QDs for use in Cellular Applications

Oct 14 Dr. David Osborne Tolmar, Inc. Pharmaceutical Actives Suspended in Topical Products: Assuring Product Quality by Characterizing Hydrates, Polymorphs and Ripening
Oct 21 Karolina Kosinska Missouri State Rheological Determination of Gel-Points for a Thermoresponsive, Thermoreversible Tri-Block Co-Polymer
Oct 28 Nick Mundt Missouri State Water solubilizaton and functionalization of InP/ZnS quantum dots
Nov 4 Sarah Roughton Missouri State Enhanced Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of Ru(bpy)32+/TPrA (bpy = 2,2’-bipyridine; TPrA = tri-n-propylamine) using Melatonin
Nov 11 Dr. Nicole Becker Univ. of Iowa Supporting students' reasoning with mathematical models in the introductory chemistry course
Nov 25 Holiday    

Spring 2015

Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Jan 14 Dr. Adam Wanekaya Missouri State Introduction
Jan 21 None None None
Jan 28 Dr. Jingyu Chen University of Arkansas Site selective seeded growth of bimetallic nanostructures
Feb 04 Roni Balzam Missouri State Increasing API solubility using soluplus in topical creams
Feb 11 Dr. Erin Iskin University of Tulsa Visualizing nanoscale surface chemistry: from ultra-high vacuum to electrochemical environments
Feb 18 None Missouri State-Snow Day None
Feb 25 Dr. Emily McLaurin Kansas State Doped nanocrystals for ratiometric optical sensing
Mar 04 Alicia Kane Missouri State Modern ion selective electrodes
Mar 11 None None Spring Break
Mar 18 Dr. Ned Bowden University of Iowa New organic polymers based on bonds between sulfur and nitrogen for applications in medicine and conducting polymers
Mar 25 None None ACS National Meeting - Denver, CO
Apr 01 Adedamola Opalade Missouri State Application of the DSC/TG method for investigation of organic, organometallic and coordination compounds
Apr 08 Yun Peng Missouri State 2-methyl-3-ketopentanoyl CoA: a promising substrate testing isoleucine metabolism enzymes
Apr 15 Dr. Chen Xiabo University of Missouri - Kansas City Black TiO2 nanomaterials & beyond
Apr 22 Michelle Herridge Missouri State Investigations of problem topics in general chemistry education
Apr 29 Dr. Alexander Sinitskii University of Nebraska - Lincoln Atomically precise graphene nanoribbons
May 6

Undergrad Research (CHM 499) Seminar Day:

Beau Brummell, Adam Kirkpatrick, Hillary Mitchell

Missouri State TBA

Fall 2014

Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Aug 20 Drs. Kathryn Fichter and Bryan Breyfogle Missouri State Introduction
Aug 27 Jonathan Hoskins Missouri State Developments of anion selective polymeric membrane electrodes based on lanthanide metalloporphyrins
Sep 03 Dr. Jenya Kozliak University of North Dakota Applied Chemistry by Academic Chemists: Mechanism of Triacylglyceride Oil Pyrolysis
Sep 10 Amanda J. Haes University of Iowa Improving Disease Diagnostics with Nanomaterials
Sep 17 Alicia Kane Missouri State TBA
Sep 24 Chris Reynolds Missouri State TBA
Oct 01 Roni Balzam Missouri State TBA
Oct 15 Yun Peng Missouri State TBA
Oct 22 Danielle Klaus Missouri State TBA
Oct 29 Steve Slahck Waters Corporation LC/MS
Nov 05 Dr. Brent Znosko St. Louis University TBA
Nov 12 Dr. Aliasger K. Salem University of Iowa TBA
Nov 19 Dr. Misha Barybin Missouri State TBA
Dec 03 Undergrad Research (CHM 499) Seminar Day Missouri State TBA

Spring 2014

Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Jan 22 Dr. Kathryn Fichter Missouri State Introduction
Jan 29 Wesley Dowler Missouri State Synthesis, Characterization, and Application Studies of PEGylated-poly(aryl-amide-sulfide) Dendrimer
Feb 05 Shalisa Oburn Missouri State Evaluation of Inter- and Intramolecular Halogen Bonding in Crystal Engineering
Feb 12 Dr. S. Brookhart Shields Luther College Ubiquitin: The Terminator of Proteins
Feb 19 Michelle Butts Missouri State Development of Quantum Dot Bioconjugates for Single Molecule Imaging
Feb 26 Dr. Colin Heyes University of Arkansas TBA
Mar 05 Lisa Kirchner Missouri State Synthesis of 5- and 2-(3,5-diiodo-2,4,6-trifluorophenyl)ethynylpyrimidine for the evaluation of halogen bonding and crystal engineering
Mar 05 John Hoskins Missouri State Investigations of Holmium (III) and Ytterbium (III) tetralphenylporphyrin-based ion selective electrodes
Mar 19 Dr. Jun Li Kansas State University Interfacing Materials Sciences and Biochemistry at Electrified Nanoelectrodes
Mar 26 Jennifer Schott Missouri State Anion Selective Polymeric Membrane Electrodes based on Lanthanide Metalloporhyrins
Mar 26 Helena De la Hoz De la Hoz Missouri State Socioscientific issues: a proposal for the development of socioscientific inquiry about climate change in a non-science majors chemistry course
Apr 02 Dr. Aliasgar K. Salem University of Iowa The use of polymeric nanoparticles for biomedical applications
Apr 09 Jason Davis Missouri State Optimization of Quantum Dot Bioconjugates for Cellular Imaging of Directed Gene Therapy
Apr 09 Geoffrey Manani Missouri State Accelerated Aging of Carbon Nanotubes: Resultant Physicochemical Characteristics and Effects on Organisms
Apr 16 Chunling Cao Missouri State Effect of phosphate neutralization on DNA structure by methylphosphonate
Apr 16 Bernice Agana Missouri State Investigating endocytic trafficking of serotonin receptors using quantum dot probes with varying concentrations of agonist
Apr 23 Alicia Kane Missouri State Modern Ion Selective Electrodes
Apr 23 Aaron Simpson Missouri State Conducting Polymers and Their use in Nanocomposites
Apr 30 Michael Nothnagel Missouri State Investigation of the mechanism for Lawesson's reagent mediated dimerization of fluorenones to byfluorenylidines via quantum chemical methods
Apr 30 Aaron Proctor Missouri State Dynamic analysis of DNA containing etheno adenine using deuterium solid state nuclear magnetic resonance
May 7 Undergrad Research (CHM 499) Seminar Day Missouri State TBA

Fall 2013

Date Speaker Institution Title of Seminar
Sep 04 Dr. Kartik Ghosh Missouri State Oxide Nanostructres for Spintronic, Optoelectronic, and Biomedical Applications
Sep 11 Jason Davis Missouri State Optimization of Quantum Dot Bioconjugates for Cellular Imaging of Directed Gene Therapy
Sep 18 Michael Hilton Missouri State Synthesis and characterization of 1D platinum cyanoximes and nitroso-naphthols coordination complexes with conducting properties
Sep 25 Brett Huntly Missouri State Synthesis and Characterization of Electrochromic Tungsten Oxide
Oct 02 Lisa Kirchner Missouri State Synthesis of 5- and 2- (3,5-diiodo-2,4,6-trifluorophenyl)ethynylpyrimidine for the Study of Halogen Bonds and Crystal Engineering
Oct 23 Michael Nothnagel Missouri State Density functional theory investigation of the mechanism for Lawesson’s reagent mediated dimerization of fluorenones to bifluorenylidenes
Oct 30 Shalisa Oburn Missouri State Synthesis of Molecular Dimers for the Evaluation of Halogen Bonding in Crystal Engineering
Nov 06 Aaron Proctor Missouri State Dynamics Analysis of DNA Containing Etheno Adenine using Deuterium Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Nov 13 Dr. Scott Shaw University of Iowa TBA
Nov 20 Jennifer Schott Missouri State Selectivity analysis of lanthanide based metalloporphyrin anion selective electrodes
Nov 20 Tyler Hoang Missouri State Formulations of Conductive Inks on ITO- and CNT- coated PET Films
Dec 04 Bernice Agana Missouri State Investigating Trafficking of Serotonin receptors using ligand-bound quantum dot probes
Dec 04 Aaron Simpson Missouri State Sustained Release from a Substrate Coated with a Polymer/Drug Nanocomposite