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Previous Events in the Chemistry Department

Dr. Robert F. Curl to Present Talk at the Physics Colloquium

On March 8, Dr. Robert F. Curl will present a talk at the Physics Colloquium titled "Discovery of Fullernes and the Beginning of the Nano-Science Era". He will speak on what inspired him in his childhood and youth to pursue the science that eventually led to a1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This world-renowed scientist shared that prize with two collaborators, Dr. Richard E. Smalley (dec.) and Dr. Harry Kroto; Dr. Kroto spoke at UNF to a standing-room only session of Introduction to Chemistry last Fall. This talk will be held in the Science & Engineering Building (Bldg. 50) in Room 1202 at 3:00 pm.

American Chemical Society Dinner Meeting and Presentation

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will hold an evening presentation and dinner for the Chapter on Friday, February 22, 2013. Dr. Tracey P. Hamilton will present a lively talk on the brewing process for beer with an emphasis on the chemistry from the layman's point of view. For a small fee ACS membership and others can listen to Dr. Hamilton at the A1A Ale Works in St. Augustine.

Chemistry Seminar Schedule Spring 2013

Each Fall and Spring term the Chemistry Department designs a series of seminars to present interesting topics and to bring in practicing chemists or others connected to the industry to speak with our students. The talks are expected to be of particular interest to junior and senior chemistry majors as they begin to plan their lives and careers after UNF. A short period at the end of each talk will be devoted to a Q&A session. If you have a topic that is of particular interest or one that you'd like to see presented or an individual you believe should be invited, please contact this year's coordinator Dr. Christos Lampropoulos at with your ideas. All suggestions will be considered, but may not be presented. There are limited opportunities for talks.


In the Spring, seniors in chemistry present topics of interest to themselves and their mentors as a prelude to making presentations in the world beyond the university's borders. These are graded exercises and the student's delivery, comportment, and presentation are among the qualities assessed by an audience made up of the students' peers, mentors, and instructors.


Students: check with your professor to see if any of these presentations will be accepted for credit. The presentations are open to all those interested.

All Friday talks will be presented at 3:30 pm in Bldg. 50, Room 1400, except where noted


Spring 2014
Speaker Date

George Christou

University of Florida


Arthur Edison

University of Florida


Barbara Zajc

City University of New York



Fall 2013
Speaker Date

Panagiotis Kyritsis

University of Athens, Greece


Lisa McElwee-White

University of Florida


Nick Polfer

University of Florida


Randy Kartica

Louisiana State University


Geoffrey Strouse

Florida State University


Michael Shatruk

Florida State University


Antony Williams

Royal Soc. Chem.


Tao Ye

UC Merced



Spring 2013
Seminar Title Speaker Date
CANCELLED: Molecular Magnatism and Bio-Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. George Christou

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


The Enzymatic Mechanism of Oxalate Decarboxylase Investigated by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance

Dr. Alex Angerhofer

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL


Phase Change Materials: Towards a Universal Data Storage Device?

Dr. Theo Siegrist

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


PLEASE NOTE: Presentation time is 3:15 pm

No Seminar scheduled

Spring Break



Student Presentations

UNF Chemistry Majors


No Seminar scheduled

Exam Week