Spring 2019

January 18, 2019 Host: Dr. Michael Trakselis
Speaker: Dr William Wuest, Emory University
"Nature's Dirty Little Secret: The Diverted Total Syntheses of Rhizosphere Natural Products as Targeted Antibacterial Agents"

January 25, 2019 Host: Dr. Kevin Shuford
Speaker: Dr Amanda Haes, University of Iowa
"Nanoparticles and SERS – To Stability and Beyond!"

February 13, 2019 Host: Dr. John Wood
Speaker: Dr Tom Snaddon, Indiana University
"Enantioselective Chemical Synthesis Methods via Cooperative Catalysis: Design, Development and Application"

February 15, 2019 Host: Dr Bryan Shaw
Speaker: Dr Dean Wilcox, Dartmouth University
"Electron Transfer by Metalloproteins: New Insight from Calorimetry of Metal Binding"

February 20, 2019 Host: Dr John Wood
Speaker: Dr Hosea Nelson, University of California - Los Angeles
"Strong Actions and Weak Anions: A Story in Reactivity-Driven Methods Development"

February 22, 2019 Host: Dr Michael Trakselis
Speaker: Dr Sanford Leuba, University of Pittsburgh
"Protein/Nucleic Acid Interactions, One-at-a-Time"

March 1, 2019 Host: Dr Caleb Martin
Speaker: Dr Matthew Conley, University of California - Riverside
"Generation of Actives Sites on Surfaces: A Chemist's View of Heterogeneous Catalysts"

March 6, 2019 Host: Dr Kevin Pinney
Speaker: Dr Matt Bourbeau, Amgen, Inc.
"Lessons Learned from Efforts to Design Differentiated Inhibitors of BACE1 for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease"

March 8, 2019 Host: Dr Touradj Solouki & Dr Elyssia Gallagher
Speaker: Dr Evan Williams, University of California - Berkeley
"Exploring Fast Reactions in Aqueous Nanodrops with Mass Spectrometry"

March 22, 2019 Host: Dr Michael Trakselis
Speaker: Dr Pat O'Brien, University of Michigan
"Biology & Chemistry of DNA Ligase I: From Disease to Molecular Mechanism"

March 27, 2019 Host: Dr John Wood
Speaker: Dr David Nagib, Ohio State University
"C-H and C-O Functionalization via Radical Chaperones"

March 29, 2019 Host: Dr Kevin Shuford
Speaker: Dr Mahi Singh, Western University - Ontario
"Plasmonic and Photonic Properties of Graphene Hybrids and Their Application to Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine"

April 5, 2019 Host: Dr Bob Kane
Speaker: Dr Asier Uniciti-Broceta, University of Edinburgh
"Bioorthogonal Catalysis: Overview, Applications and State-of-the-Art"

April 12, 2019 Host: Dr Touradj Solouki & Dr Elyssia Gallagher
Speaker: Dr Graham Cooks, Purdue University
"Organic Synthesis and Chemical Analysis by Mass Spectrometry"

April 17, 2019 Host: Dr John Wood
Speaker: Dr Brian Stoltz, California Insitute of Technology
"Complex Natural Products as a Driving Force for Discovery in Organic Chemistry"

April 24, 2019 Host: Dr John Wood
Speaker: Dr Ryan Rafferty, Kansas State University
"The Never-Ending Story in Total Synthesis: Bioactive Agent Discovery to Unlocking Complex Biological Barrier Transport"

April 26, 2019 Host: Dr Touradj Solouki
Speaker: Dr Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University
"Advances in MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry: Molecular Microscopy in the New Age of Biology and Medicine"

May 3, 2019 Host: Dr Pat Farmer
Speaker: Dr George Richter Addo, University of Oklahoma
"Iron-Mediated NOx Chemistry: Relevance to the Global Nitrogen Cycle"

May 10, 2019 Host: Dr Mary Lynn Trawick
Speaker: Dr Matthew Bogyo, Stanford University

Fall 2018

August 24, 2018 Host: Dr. Caleb Martin
Speaker: Prof. Milton R. (Mitch) Smith, Michigan State University
"Catalysts that Cleave C-H and N-H Bonds for Fine Chemical Synthesis Energy Conversion"

August 31, 2018 Host: Dr. Pat Farmer
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Rack, University of New Mexico
"Photochromism and Photonastism in Ruthenium Sulfoxide Complexes and Materials"

September 7, 2018 Host: Dr. Kevin Pinney
Speaker: Dr. Steven Millward, M. D. Anderson Center
"Imaging Cell Growth and Death"

September 12, 2018 Host: Department
Speaker: Dr. Caleb Martin, Baylor University
"Converting Anti-Aromatic to Aromatic: A Method to Access Boron-Containing Heteroarenes"

September 14, 2018 Host: Dr. Mary L. Trawick
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Meek, Texas A&M University
"2 Infectious Diseases, 2 Enzymes, and Maybe 2 Lead Compounds"

September 19, 2018 Host: Dr. John Wood
Speaker: Dr. Tim Donohoe, Oxford University, UK
"Metal catalysis: new reactions and new opportunities for organic synthesis"

September 21, 2018 Host: Dr. Carlos Manzanares
Speaker: Dr. Brooks Pate, University of Virginia

September 28, 2018 Host: Dr. Darrin Bellert
Speaker: Dr. Garry Grubbs II, Missouri University of Science and Technology
"Microwave Spectroscopy: Living at the Intersection of Space, Chirality, Quantum Chemistry, and Technology"

October 3, 2018 Host: Dr. Touradj Solouki
Speaker: Dr. Julia Laskin, Purdue University
"New Developments in Preparative and Imaging Mass Spectrometry: From Materials Science to Biology"

October 5, 2018 Host: Dr. Caleb Martin
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Mindiola, University of Pennsylvania
"Titanium-Carbon Multiple Bonds and Their Role in the Catalytic Dehydrogenation of Volatile Alkanes and Methane Olefination"

October 10, 2018 Host: Dr. John Wood
Speaker: Dr. Kallol Basu, Merck Process, Rahway NJ
"Development of a Green & Sustainable Manufacturing Process for MK-7264"

October 12, 2018 Host: Dr. Carlos Manzanares
Speaker: Dr. Timothy Zweir, Purdue University
"Single-Conformation Spectroscopy from the Microwave to the Ultraviolet"

October 19, 2018 FALL BREAK-DEPARTMENT PICNIC (12:00 noon)

October 26, 2018 Host: Dr. Elyssia Gallagher
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Julian, University of California-Riverside
"Spatial Distribution and Structural Consequences of Protein Isomerization and Epimerization in the Human Lens"

October 31, 2018 Host: Dr. Touradj Solouki
Speaker: Dr. Michael Gross, Washington University-St. Louis
"Mass Spectrometry-based Structural Proteomics Solves Problems in Protein Higher Order Structure"

November 2, 2018 Host: Dr. John Wood
Speaker Dr. Tomas Hudlicky, Brock University (Canada)
"Recent Progress in Chemoenzymatic synthesis of Amaryllidaceae and Morphine Alkaloids and Other Natural Products"

November 9, 2018 Host: Dr. Touradj Solouki
Speaker: Dr. Kermit Murray, Louisiana State University
"Mass Spectrometry Imaging Combined with Laser Ablation Sampling"

November 21-23, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Jenny Roizen, Duke University
"Masked Alcohols and Amines Guide Position-Selective C-H Functionalization Reactions"


  • December 3, 2018



  • December 24-28 & 31st, 2018 (Mon-Fri. & Mon)
  • NEW YEAR’S DAY (Univ. Holiday)