Past Seminars

Seminars are held in CHEM 144 at 3:30 pm and are followed by a reception in CHEM 105.

FALL 2016


22 NO SEMINAR - Frst Day of Classes
29 JC Gumbart, Georgia Tech



05 No Seminar - Labor Day Holiday
12 Xuefei Huang, Michigan State University
19 Victor Slavador Batista, Yale University
26 David Vicic, Lehigh University



03 Fu-Sen Liang, University of New Mexico
10 Rong Huang, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
17 No Seminar - Fall Break
24 Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Three-Minute Thesis Competition
31 Peng George Wang, Georgia State University



07 Sean Burrows, Oregon State University
14 Peter Panizzi, Auburn University
21 No Seminar - Thanksgiving Holiday
28 Young-Hoon Ahn, Wayne State University



05 Bor Yann Liaw, Idaho National Laboratory


Spring 2017


16 No Seminar - Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
23 No Seminar - Interviews
30 No Seminar  



06 No Seminar 
13 No Seminar - Biophysical Society meeting
20 Shane Ardo, University of California - Irvine (no reception will follow this seminar)
27 Ming An, Binghamton University, State University of New York



06 Hui Wang, University of South Carolina
13 Hao Chen, Ohio University
20 No Seminar - Spring Break
27 Bryce Sadtler, Washington University



03 No Seminar - ACS Meeting
10 Fry Lecture - Bruce Lipschutz, University of California Santa Barbara
17 No Seminar - Honors Week
24 Dieter Söll, Yale University



01 Gang Zheng, University of Toronto

All seminars are held in CHEM 144 at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Seminars are followed by a reception in CHEM 105

Fall 2015


24 No seminar - Classes Begin 
31 Carol M. Taylor, Louisiana State University

07 No seminar - Labor Day 
14 Oleg Larionov, University of Texas at San Antonio
21 Qing Lin, University at Buffalo
28 Zhihong Nie, University of Maryland


05 Katherine Willets, Temple University
12 Mark Maupin, Colorado School of Mines
19 No seminar - Fall Break 
26 Marc D. Porter, The University of Utah


02 Kendall N. Houk, UCLA Fry Lecturer
09 Stephan Link, Rice University
16 Erin Carlson, University of Minnesota
23 No seminar - Thanksgiving Week 
30 Alexandre Shvartsburg, Wichita State

07 Gopan Krishnan, Oklahoma State University
14 No Seminar - Finals Week

Spring 2016


4 Faculty Candidate Seminar (Organic): Nagarjuna Gavvalapalli, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
  Organic Polymer Nanostructures for Energy Harvesting and Storage 
   The Gavvalapalli seminar will be located in CHEM 132

11 Faculty Candidate Seminar (Organic): Jeanne Bollinger, University of Cambridge
    Coordination Cages: Host Guest Chemistry and Applications in Supramolecular Catalysis

14 Faculty Candidate Seminar (Biochemistry): Christopher Thibodeaux, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    RiPPing Apart the Rules of Lanthipeptide Biosynthesis

18 No seminar - MLK Day 

19 Faculty Candidate Seminar (Organic): Matthew Vetticat, State University of New York at Binghampton
    Transition State Analysis of Organocatalytic Reactions
     The Vetticat seminar will be located in SCEN 101

25 Faculty Candidate Seminar (Biochemistry): Chenguang Fan, Yale University
    Upgrading Protein Synthesis

28 Faculty Candidate Seminar (Biochemistry): Tingfang Yi, Harvard University
    Deciphering and targeting the molecular network that orchestrates cell signaling and RNA processing 
     The Yi seminar will be located in SCEN 101


01 No seminar
08 No seminar
15 Juan P. Hinestroza, Cornell University - CANCELLED
22 Filipp Furche, University of California, Irvine
29 No seminar - Biophysical Society Meeting


07 David Crich, Wayne State University
14 Erich Leitner, Graz Technical University, Austria
21 No seminar - Spring Break
28 Edward Valeev, Virginia Tech


04 Jonathan RocheleauUniversity of Toronto
11 Barry Snider
Brandeis University
No seminar - Honors Seminar Day
25 Rendy Kartika
Louisana State University


Fall 2014


24 No seminar - first day of classes 


01 No seminar - Labor Day 
08 Dhyan Chandra, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
15 Qing Lin, University at Buffalo (Cancelled)
22 Ulrich H.E. Hansmann, University of Oklahoma
29 Steven J. Sucheck, University of Toledo


06 Kaythryn M. Fichter, Missouri State University
13 Alex Wei, Purdue University
20 No seminar - Fall Break
27 Joseph Ready, UT Southwestern


03 Shaowei Chen, University of California Santa Cruz
10 Justin Ragains, Louisiana State University
17 Richard Briggs, Georgia State University
24 No seminar – Thanksgiving


01 Edward F. Valeev, Virginia Tech
08 John Turner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Spring 2015


12 No seminar - first day of classes
19 No seminar - MLK Holiday
26 Jin Zhang, University of California Santa Cruz


02 Toru Shiozaki, Northwestern University
09 No seminar - Biophysical Society Meeting
16 Stephan Link, Rice University
23 Xiaodong Shi, West Virginia University


02 Robert Griffin, UAMS
09 Song Jin, University of Wisconsin - Madison
16 Elvin T. Price, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
23 No seminar - Spring Break
30 Les Johnson, RRD International


13 Teri Odom, Northwestern University
20 No seminar – Honors Poster Day
27 Abraham Lee, The University of California Irvine

Fall 2013


26 No seminar - first day of classes


02 No seminar - Labor Day
09 No seminar - ACS Meeting
16 Peter Andreana, University of Toledo
23 Marc Knecht, U. of Miami
30 Alexei V. Demchenko, University of Missouri-St. Louis


07 Mark Biscoe, City College of New York
14 Theresa Reineke, Minnesota
21 No seminar - Fall Break
28 Corey Stephenson, University of Michigan


04 Jill Venton, Virginia
11 Shing Ho, Colorado State
18 No seminar
25 No seminar – Thanksgiving


02 Sara E. Skrabalak, Indiana University
09 No seminar - Inclement weather

Spring 2014


13 No seminar - first day of classes
20 No seminar - MLK Holiday
27 Donald Watson, U. Delaware


03 Hong Yang, University of Illinois
10 Mukund Sibi, North Dakota State University
17 No seminar - Biophysical Society Meeting
24 Krzysztof Szalewicz, U. Delaware


03 Marcia Levitus, Arizona State University
10 So Hirata, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
17 No seminar - ACS Meeting
24 No seminar - Spring Break
31 John T. Yates, Jr., University of Virginia


07 Jeff Johnson, UNC Chapel Hill
14 Jiye (James) Fang, State University of New York at Binghamton
21 Amit Basu, Brown University
28 Mike Harmata, University of Missouri

Fall 2012


20 no seminar - first day of classes
27 open


03 no seminar - Labor Day
10 open
17 Bradley Smith, University of Notre Dame
24 David Case, Rutgers University


01 Catherine Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
08 Mark Tuckerman, New York University
15 no seminar - Fall Break
22 Peter Crooks, UAMS
29 Catharine Larsen, UC Riverside


05 open
12 Ken Jordan, University of Pittsburgh
19 no seminar - Thanksgiving holiday
26 open


03 Matthias Buck, Case Western Reserve University

Spring 2013


14 no seminar - first day of classes
21 no seminar - Martin Luther King holiday
28 Jennifer Kohler, UT Southwestern Medical Center


04 no seminar - Biophysical Society meeting
11 open
18 Hedi Mattoussi, Florida State University
25 Carey Johnson, U of Kansas


04 please note that this seminar has been cancelled
11 Adrian Michael, University of Pittsburgh
12 please note that this seminar has been cancelled
18 no seminar - Spring Break
25 Guozhong Cao, U of Washington


01 Ronald Breslow, Columbia University – Fry Lecturer
08 no seminar - ACS meeting
15 Lingjun Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison
22 Younan Xia, Georgia Tech
29 Raymond Schaak, Penn State

Spring 2012


16 No seminar - Martin Luther King Day Holiday, university closed

23 Seymour Wang, Boston University, "Predictive Molecular Dynamics with Simple Force Fields"

30 Aaron Aponick, University of Florida


06 Masaru Kuno, University of Notre Dame

13 Jiali Gao, University of Minnesota

27 No seminar - Biophysical Society meeting


05 Byron Gates, Simon Fraser University

12 Yugang Sun, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory,
"Controlled Synthesis of Colloidal Nanoparticles by Nucleation Engineering"

19 No seminar - Spring Break, university closed

26 No seminar - ACS meeting


02 Fry LectureMichael Krische, University of Texas

09 Annaliese Franz, University of California, Davis

16 Christine Keating, Penn State University

23 Thomas E. Prisinzano, University of Kansas

30 Shouheng Sun, Brown University

Fall 2011


22 No seminar - first day of the fall semester

29 Sunney Chan, CalTech, "Learning from Nature to Develop a Catalyst for the Facile Conversion of Methane to Methanol"


05 No seminar - Labor Day Holiday, university closed

12 Haw Yang, Princeton University, "Quantum Dot Nano Thermometers Reveal Local Transient Heterogeneous Thermogenesis in Living Cells"

19 Scott Feller, Wabash College, "Unique Properties of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Implications for Rhodopsin Function"

26 Paul Williard, Brown University, "Characterization of Organolithium Compounds by Diffusion NMR and X-Ray Diffraction"


03 Richmond Sarpong, University of California, Berkeley, "Strategies and Tactics Inspired by Complex Alkaloids"

10 No seminar - faculty/staff meeting

17 No seminar - fall break

24 Tehshik Yoon, University of Wisconsin, "Photocatalysis with Visible Light"

31 Susanne Striegler, Auburn University, "Smart Microgels for Glycoside Hydrolysis"


07 Greg Hartland, University of Notre Dame, "Transient Absorption Microscopy Studies of Single Metal and Semiconductor Nanostructures"

14 Michio Kurosu, University of Tennessee, "Development of Novel Antibacterial Drug Leads for MDR Gram-positive Bacterial Infections"

21 No seminar - week of Thanksgiving 

28 Tom Goodwin, Hendrix College, "Green Chemistry and Chemical Ecology: Adventures in Research with Undergraduates and Other Mammals"


05 open

Fall 2010


23 No seminar - first day of the fall semester

30 Wonpil Im, University of Kansas, "Mechanisms and Energetics of Protein/Peptide Interactions in Biological Membranes"


06 No seminar - Labor Day Holiday, university closed

13 Michael Rubin, University of Kansas, "Diastereoconvergent Route toward Donor-Acceptor Cyclopropanes via Formal Substitution Reaction"

20 Gianluigi Veglia, University of Minnesota, "Hybrid NMR Methods to Determine the Structural Topology and Function of Integral Membrane Proteins"

27 Paul Scola, Bristol-Myers Squibb, "The Discovery of BMS-650032;An NS3 Protease Inhibitor for the treatment of Hepatitis C"


04 Malika Jeffries-EL, Iowa State University, "Teaching Old Polymers New Tricks: Novel Conjugated Materials Based on Benzobisazoles"

11 Patrick van der Wel, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, "Magic-angle-spinning Solid-state NMR Studies into the Structure and Formation of Amyloid Fibril Aggregates"

18 Elizabeth Rhoades, Yale University, "α-Synuclein: Evidence for Allosteric Regulation of Membrane Binding?"

25 Philippe Guyot-Sionnest, University of Chicago, "Non Radiative Relaxation and Charges in Colloidal Dots. Search for Novel IR Materials"


01 Robert McFeeters, University of Alabama in Huntsville, "Scytovirin: A Carbohydrate Binding Antiviral Entry Inhibitor"

08 Michel DupuisPacific Northwest National Laboratory, "Theory and Modeling in Energy Applications involving Solar-to-Fuel and Electrical-to-Fuel Conversions"

15 Amanda Haes, University of Iowa, "Designing Nanomaterials for Biosensor Platforms"

22 No seminar, week of Thanksgiving 

29 Andrew Phillips, Yale University, "Chemistry and Biology with Natural Products" 


05 No seminar

Spring 2011


17 No seminar - Martin Luther King Day Holiday, university closed

24 FRY LECTURE: Donna G. Blackmond, The Scripps Research Institute, "Models for the Origin of Biological Homochirality"

31 No seminar


07 Roger Koeppe, University of Arkansas, "Intrinsic Tilt and Dynamics of Membrane-Spanning Peptides"


21 Warren Chan, University of Toronto, "How to Deliver Nanoparticles into Tumors? Probing the Interactions of Nanoparticles with Biological Systems"

28 Ruifeng Liu, University of North Texas, "Drug Discovery: Interplay between Theory and Experiment and Development" 


07 No seminar - Biophysical Society meeting

14 Richard P. Hsung, University of Wisconsin, "Cycloaddition Chemistry of Allenamides"

21 No seminar - Spring Break

28 No seminar - ACS meeting


04 Margaret Faul, Amgen, “Discovery and Development of a Scalable Route to an 11b HSD1 Inhibitor”

11 Jared Shaw, UC-Davis, "Multicomponent Approaches to Stereoselective Synthesis and Chemical Biology"

18 Manfred Fink, University of Texas, "How Can Raman Spectroscopy be Put to Work in Medicine, Earthquake Prediction and Environmental Science?"

25 Susan Schroeder, University of Oklahoma, "Sequence Variation in Prohead RNA"


02 Wuzong Zhou, University of St. Andrews, "Electron Microscopy of Early Stage of Crystal Growth"

Fall 2009


24 No seminar - First day of the fall semester

31 Paul Hanson, University of Kansas, "New Methods in Phosphate Chemistry: Application in Natural Product Synthesis"


07 No seminar - Labor Day Holiday - U of A Closed

14 David Collum, Cornell University, "LDA-Mediated Ortholithiations: Salt Effects and Autocatalysis"

21 Jin-Quan Yu, The Scripps Institute, "Pd-Catalyzed Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation from C-H Bonds: Diastereoselectivity to Enantioselectivity"

28 Michael Schaeferling, University of Regensburg, "Advanced Luminescent Probes and their Applications to Life Sciences"


05 Mona Mohamed, National Institute of Laser Enhanced Science, Cairo University, Egypt, "Engineering Semicondcutor Nanocrystals: Synthesis, Optical Properties and Ultrafast Optical Response"

12 Nick Leventis, Missouri University of Science and Technology, "Assemblies of Nanoparticles as 3D Scaffolds for New Materials: from Mechanically Strong Polymer Crosslinked Aerogels to Porous Iron and Silicon Carbide"

19 Franklin Davis, Temple University, "Asymmetric Synthesis of Nitrogen Heterocycles using Sulfinimines (N-Sulfinyl Imines)"

26 Wilfried Meyer, University of Kaiserslautern, "Nuclear Dynamics on Degenerate Electronic Potential Surfaces: High Resolution Spectroscopy and Ab Initio Calculations for Alkali Trimers and C3+"


02 Jonathan Clayden, The University of Manchester, "Conformational Communication, and New Organolithium Reactivity"

09 Roberto De Guzman, The University of Kansas, "NMR Studies of Bacterial Nanoinjectors and Hantaviral Zinc Fingers"

16 Blanca Barquera, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), "Enzymes that use Na*- instead of H* as Bioenergetic Currency"

23 Suresh Kumar, University of Arkansas, "Fibroblast Growth Factors -Structure, Folding, Dynamics and Interactions"

30 Z. Ryan Tian, University of Arkansas,  "New Nanochemistry of ZnO and TiO2 for Nanoenergy and Nanomedicine"


07 Frances Ligler, Naval Research Laboratory, "Optical Biosensors and a Perspective on the Future"

Spring 2010


11 No seminar - First Day of Spring Classes

18 No seminar - Martin Luther King Day Holiday, U of A Closed

25 Faculty interview


01 No seminar

02 Faculty interview

08 Faculty interview 

11 Faculty interview

15 Special screening of the documentary Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist  NOTE: time and location: 7 p.m. CHEM 132, reception at 6:30 p.m. CHEM 105

22 No seminar - Biophysical Society Meeting


01 Blake Peterson, The University of Kansas, "Synthetic Mimics of Mammalian Cell Surface Receptors"

08 John Gladysz, Texas A & M, "Alkene Metathesis in Metal Coordination Spheres: The Quest for Molecular Gyroscopes"

15 Iain Coldham, University of Sheffield, "Stereoselective Synthesis of Substituted Cyclic Amines"

22 No seminar - ACS Meeting and spring break

29 N. Rama Krishna, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Saturation Transfer Difference NMR: A Versatile Technique for Studying Weak Ligand-Protein Complexes”


05 John P. Wolfe, University of Michigan, "New Palladium-Catalyzed Reactions for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Heterocycles"

12 Jerry Ware, UAMS, "Blood Platelets in Clot Formation and Beyond"

19 W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado, "Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopy: From Radicals and Transition States to the Reaction Co-ordinate"

26 Fry Lecture, Dieter Seebach, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, "β-Peptides - from Organic Synthesis to Biomedical Aspects"  NOTE: reception prior to the seminar at 3 p.m. in CHEM 105 

Fall 2008


25 No Seminar First day of the fall semester


01 Labor Day Holiday - U of A Closed

08 Steve Van Doren, University of Missouri, "Finding Binding Sites and Binding Effects in the Wrong Places in Proteins"

15 Robert J. Cotter, The Johns Hopkins University, "A Physical Chemist Tackles Proteins"

22 Al Padwa, Emory University, "Applications of Thio Chemistry for the Synthesis of Nitrogen Heterocycles"

29 Bruce Bowler, The University of Montana, "Probing Disordered States of Proteins"


06 Oliver Reiser, University of Regensburg, "Strategies for Catalyst Immobilization and Their Application to Organic Synthesis"

13 Larry Suva, UAMS College of Medicine, "The Skeletal Consequences of Disease: Development to Diabetes"

20 Robert Powers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, "Protein Functional Annotation using NMR Ligand Affinity Screens"
27 Babak Nikoobakht, National Institute of Standards and Technology, "Directed Assembly of Nanowires and Scaling up Nanodevice Fabrication"


03 Ellen Fisher, Colorado State University, “Understanding Plasma Processing on a Molecular-Level: Deciphering Plasma Deposition and Etching of Silicon and Carbon-based Materials”

10 Liming Zhang, University of Nevada-Reno, "Au/Pt-Catalyzed Organic Reactions"

17 Robert Gensure, Ochsner Health Systems, "Towards Better Treatment of Osteoporosis--A Fusion Protein of Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) and a Collagen Binding Domain Shows Superior Efficacy and Longer Duration of Action Compared to PTH(1-34) as an Anabolic Bone Agent in Normal Female Mice"

24 Robert Ben, University of Ottawa, "Elucidating the Role of Hydration in Antifreeze Activity"


01 Christy Landes, University of Houston, "Signal Transduction in Single Molecules: How can Biology Inform Materials Design?"

08 Olafs Daugulis, University of Houston, "Regioselective Functionalization of Unreactive C-H Bonds"

Spring 2009


12 No Seminar - First Day of Spring Classes

19 No Seminar - Martin Luther King Day Holiday, U of A Closed

26 Clemens Burda, Case Western Reserve University, "Nanoparticles for the Delivery of PDT Reagents: From Photophysics to In-vivo Studies"


02 John Stanton, University of Texas, "The Poor Little Molecule that Doesn't Have a Structure"

09 Ken Balkus, University of Texas at Dallas, "Titanium Dioxide Nanotube Composites"

16 POSTPONED Paul Hanson, University of Kansas

23 Kenneth J. Klabunde, Kansas State University, "Nanocrystal Superlattices and the Mysteries of their Formation"


02 No Seminar - Biophysical Society meeting

09 Krishnan Raghavachari, University of Indiana, "Modeling Adsorbate Vibrations on Silicon Surfaces: From Small Clusters to Infinite Lattices"

16 No Seminar - Spring Break

23 No Seminar - ACS Meeting

30 Carl Koval, University of Colorado at Boulder, "Addressing the Energy and Climate Challenge"


06 Squire Booker, Penn State, "Taking a Hit for the Team: Self-Sacrifice as an Enzymatic Strategy in the Biosynthesis of Lipoic Acid"

13 Fry Lecture - Robert Grubbs, California Institute of Technology, "The Synthesis of Large and Small Molecules Using Olefin Metathesis Catalysts." Special time and location: 4 p.m. CHEM 132.

20 Cynthia Larive, UC Riverside, "Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Improving the Analytical Methods for Heparin and Heparan Sulfate Characterization"

27 Xiao Cheng Zeng, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, "Computer-Aided Nanoscience Research: Nanoice, Nanoclusters, and Superhydrophobicity"

Fall 2007


20 No Seminar First Day of Fall Classes

27 Kai Su, Dow Corning Corporation "Silicon Based Materials for Electronic and Photonic Applications"


03 Labor Day Holiday - U of A Closed

10 No Seminar

17 Kip Guy, St Jude Children's Research Hospital "Screening and Synthesis for Novel Antimalarials"

24 Sergey Kozmin, University of Chicago, "Merging Organic Synthesis with Chemical Biology: From Assembly to Function"


01 Peter O'Connor, Boston University, "Fourier-Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry: Improving Performance and Extending Applications"

08 Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, University of Michigan, “NMR of Dancing Biological Membranes”

15 Xiaogang Peng, University of Arkansas, “Eight Years Efforts toward Nanocrystal Emitters”

22 Lingjun Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Advancing Neuropeptide Research by a Multi-faceted Mass Spectral Platform"

29 No Seminar


05 William Heineman, University of Cincinnati, "Sensors Based on Spectroelectrochemistry:  Strategies for Improved Selectivity"

12 Kun-Liang Guan, University of California at San Diego"Regulation and Function of the TSC-mTOR Pathway"

19 Fraser Stoddart, UCLA Fry Lecture "Chemistry and Molecular Nanotechnology for Tomorrow's World" CHEM 132

26 Sarah Trimpin, Indiana University, "Solvent-free Ionization and Separation Methods Combined with Mass Spectrometry for the Characterization of Biological and Synthetic Materials"December

03 John Sondek, UNC Medical, "Rho GTPases and Dbl-family oncogenes"