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Past Chemistry Seminars & Poster Session

Fall 2019

  • "An expanded ubiquitin code governs selective mitochondrial autophagy", Dr. Wolfdeiter Springer, Mayo Clinic Florida, 08/30/2019
  • "Mechanisms of Ion-neutral reactions in the gas phase", Dr. Joshua Melko, University of North Florida, 09/13/2019
  • "Hydrogen Tunneling at Metallic Active Sites ", Dr. Darrin Bellert, 10/25/2019

Spring 2019

  • "Brewing Process Control and Quality", John-Michael Holas, Anheuser-Busch InBev, 02/22/2019

Fall 2018

  • "Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry and Associated Methods for Improved Metabolomics Analyses ", Dr. Christopher Chouinard, Florida Institute of Technology, 11/09/2018
  • "Have you ever seen an atom?”, Dr. Lea Neinhaus, Florida State University, 11/16/2018

Spring 2018

  • "Synthesis of Novel Heterocycles Mediated by the Mannich Type Reaction”, Dr. Rodrigo Abonia, University of Dell Valle, 01/12/2018
  • "Mimicking Nature by Metal-Organic Frameworks: Perspective and Applications ", Dr. Natalia Shustova, 02/02/2018
  • "Unexpected structural and electronic behavior in Sn nitrides and oxides under high pressure ", Dr. Ashkan Salamat, University of Nevada, 02/23/2018

Fall 2017

  • “Investigating Bottom-up Formation of Nanomaterials: Thermoelectric Nanoparticles and Surface-Anchored Metal-Organic Frameworks”, Dr. Mary Beth Anderson, Hope College, 10/06/2017
  • "Data Models, Vocabularies, and Semantics: Organizing and Giving Meaning to Chemical Information", Dr. Stuart Chalk, University of North Florida, 09/22/2017
  • Oscar Garza of Barcardi Jacksonville, 10/13/2017
  • “Microfluidic Western Blotting for High Throughput Protein Detection”, Dr. Natalie Arvin, University of Michigan, 10/27/2017
  • “Fluorocurcuminoids with anti-tumor activity; Improving on the healing power of nature through organofluorine chemistry”, Dr. Kenneth Laali, University of North Florida, 11/03/2017

Spring 2017

  • "Design, Synthesis, and Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Organic Dipolar Materials for Solar Energy Conversion", Dr. Amy Scott, University of Miami, 01/13/2017
  • "Photoredox-Assisted Reductive Cross-Coupling from an Ir/Ni System", Dr. Aaron Vannucci, University of South Carolina, 02/03/2017
  • "Characterization and Design of Histone-Derived Antimicrobial Peptides", Dr. Donald Elmore, 02/17/2017

Fall 2016

  • "Developing Novel Tools and Methodologies for Studying Guanidium-Modifying Enzymes", Dr. Bryan Knuckley, University of North Florida, 09/09/2016
  • "Enhanced Lithography through Chemistry", Dr. Thomas Mullen, University of North Florida, 09/16/2016
  • "Photon Upconversion Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells via Self Assembled Bilayers on Nanocrystalline Metal Oxides", Dr. Kenneth Hanson, 09/23/2016
  • "Electrochemical Oxidation of Americium for Nuclear Fuel Cycle Applications", Dr. Christopher Dares, Florida International University, 10/21/2016
  • "Transition Metal Catalysis with Triazole-Based Metal Complexes", Dr. Xiaodong Shi, University of South Florida, 11/18/2016

Spring 2016

  • "Natural Product Biosynthesis and the Human Microbiome", Dr. Steven Bruner, University of Florida, 2/19/2016
  • "Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Towards Rational Data-Driven Translational Drug Discovery", Dr. Stephan Schurer, Miami University, 02/05/2016

Fall 2015

  • "Solving Puzzles of Chemical Diversity from the Sea", Dr. Amy Lane, Department of Chemistry, 09/11/2015
  • "Development and Utilization of Chemical Probes for the Study of Biological Systems", Dr. Corey Causey, Department of Chemistry, 09/18/2015
  • "Applying Coordination Chemistry Principles in the Quest for Hybrid Molecule-Based Materials", Dr. Christos Lampropoulos, Department of Chemistry, 09/25/2015
  • "The Importance of Organic Ligands in the Biogeochemistry of Iron and Copper: Insights from Field and Experimental Studies", Dr. Kristen Buck, University of South Florida, 10/09/2015
  • "Coordination Polymer Heterostructures, More than the Sum of the Parts: Examples in Alkali Ion Storage and Light-Switchable Magnetism", Daniel R. Talham, University of Florida, 11/13/2015

Spring 2015

  • "Tunneling Barriers of Molecular Monolayers: Toward Rational Design of Pharmaceutical Compounds", Dr. Joel Olson, Florida Institute of Technology, 02/20/2015

Fall 2014

  • "Computational Nanophotonics: Designing Not Necessarily Bigger and Better Plasmonic Devices", Jason Montgomery, Florida Southern College, 09/26/2014
  • "Reactive Intermediates in Heterocyclic Chemistry", Douglas Klumpp, Northern Illinois University, 10/17/2014

Spring 2014

  • "Manganese Carboxylate Cluster Chemistry: from Models of the Photosynthetic Oxygen-Evolving Complex to Molecules as Nanoscale Magnets", George Christou, University of Florida, 01/24/2014
  • "Development of Carbon-13 based Metabolomics", Arthur Edison, University of Florida, 02/21/2014
  • "Development and Applications of a Fluoroolefination Toolbox", Barbara Zajc, City University of New York, 02/28/2014
  • Physics Colloquium
    On March 8, Dr. Robert F. Curl presented a talk at the Physics Colloquium titled "Discovery of Fullerenes and the Beginning of the Nano-Science Era". He spoke on what inspired him in his childhood and youth to pursue the science that eventually led to the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This world-renowned 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.

Fall 2013

  • "Mechanism-Based Design of Precursors for the Deposition of Inorganic Films and Nanoparticles", Lisa McElwee-White, University of Florida, 09/27/2013
  • "From nano crystals for sustainability to applications in bio-medical technologies", Geoffrey Strouse, Florida State University, 10/25/2013
  • "Investigating Metalloproteins and Metal Complexes Bearing M-E bonds, M=Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn,; En=O, S, Se, Te", Panagiotis Kyritsis, University of Athens, Greece, 09/20/2013
  • "Going BEYOND Mass in Mas Spectrometry: Infrared Laser Spectroscopy for Structural Characterization of Biomolecules", Nick Polfer, University of Florida, 10/11/2013
  • "Natural Products Inspired Research Programs in Organic Synthesis", Rendy Kartica, Louisiana State University, 10/18/2013
  • "Inorganic materials for energy capture and conversion", Michael Shatruk, Florida State University, 11/08/2013
  • "Building a Global Chemistry Network via eScience Initiatives at the Royal Society of Chemistry", Antony Williams, Royal Society of Chemistry, 11/15/2013
  • "Single Molecule Surface Chemistry of Immobilized DNA: Nanoscale Insights into Nucleic Acids Biosensors", Tao Ye, University of California Merced, 12/04/2013

Spring 2013

  • "The Enzymatic Mechanism of Oxalate Decarboxylase Investigated by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance", Dr.Alex Angerhofer, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 02/01/2013
  • American Chemical Society Dinner Meeting and Presentation
    The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) held an evening presentation and dinner for the Chapter on Friday, February 22. Dr. Tracey P. Hamilton presented a lively talk on the brewing process for beer with an emphasis on the chemistry from the layman's point of view.
  • "Phase Change Materials: Towards a Universal Data Storage Device?", Dr. Theo Siegrist, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 03/01/2013

Fall 2012

Annual Natural Sciences Student Research Poster Session

The Fall 2012 Natural Sciences Student Poster Session was held on the afternoon of Friday, October 19, in the courtyard area of the new Biology Building (Building 59). Lively interest was expressed in the research posters displayed there. Student presenters from Chemistry, Biology and Physics were represented. The Department of Biology provided some snacks and beverages for the attendees. This year's winner for Chemistry was Joel Heisler, who is presently doing research with Dr. Radha Pyati; he received $100 from the department toward his research costs.

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Application of Inorganic Chemistry to Semiconductor / Electronic Chip R&D and Manufacturing", Dr. Abhudaya Mishra, SINMAT Superconductors, Gainesville, FL, 8/31/2012
  • "Efforts Toward the Total Synthesis of Pinnatin A", Dr. Joseph Cradlebaugh, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL , 9/07/2012
  • "A New Approach to Multifunctional Molecules", Dr. Ronald Castelano; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 9/14/2012
  • "Nanospace Engineering of Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks", Dr. Shenqian Ma; University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; 09/21/2012
  • "Biomineralization in Artificial Cytoplasm", David Cacace, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 10/05/2012
  • "Pumping Iron in the Cell: Biochemical Studies of Iron-Sensing Proteins", Dr. Caryn Outten; University of South Carolina, Columbia S.C., 10/12/2012
  • "Microscopic and Spectroscopic Studies of Bio-adhesive Interfaces", Dr. Kathy Wahl; Naval Research Labs, Washington, D.C.,10/26/2012
  • "Cationic Aluminum and Zinc Compounds as Catalysts for the Reduction of CO2 and Other Molceules", Dr. Rudi Wehmsschulte, Florida Institute. of Technology, 11/02/2012
  • "DNA with Six Letters", Dr. Roberto Laos; Foundation of Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, FL, 11/09/2012
  • "Allosteric Response to Transition Metal Sensing: The Case of the ArsR/SmtB Family of Transcriptional Regulators", Dr. Ken Merz, University of Florida, 11/16/2012
  • "Submolecular Biology…Toxicology…Chemistry", Dr. Mark Novak, Florida Institute of Technology, 11/30/2012

Spring 2012

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Women, Medicine, and Science: An Unwritten Heritage ", Dr. Rebecca Laroche,(University of Colorado), 01/27/2012
  • "Methylhydroxycarbene: Tunneling Control of a Chemical Reaction", Dr. Wesley D. Allen (University of Georgia) 02/10/2012
  • "Molecular Magnetism and EPR at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory", Dr. Stephen Hill (Florida State University) 02/17/2012
  • "Electrophilic Chemistry in Ionic Liquids as Designer Solvents and Catalysts: Chemical Synthesis &Method Development that are Better for the Environment", Dr. Kenneth K. Laali, (University of North Florida) 02/24/2012
  • "Transition Metal Catalysts Supported by Trianionic Pincer Ligands: Consequences of a Constrained Ligand Geometry ",Dr. Adam Veige( University of Florida) 03/02/2012
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, UNF Chemistry Majors, 3/23/2012 - 4/20/2012.

Annual Natural Sciences Student Research Poster Session

The Fall 2011 Natural Sciences Student Poster Session was held on Friday, October 14, in the first floor lobby area of the Science and Engineering Building (Building 50). Twenty-one research posters were displayed to much interest and lively discussion. The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS)held an evening presentation and dinner for the Chapter on Friday, October 14. Mr. Bob Kenworthy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation was the invited speaker who discussed "The impact of the Chemical Enterprise on Society". The buffet and presentation were held on the UNF campus in the Science & Engineering Bldg (Bldg 50) immediately following the Annual Natural Sciences Student Research Poster Session.

American Chemical Society Dinner Meeting and Presentation

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) held an evening presentation and dinner for the Chapter on Friday, October 14. Mr. Bob Kenworthy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation was the invited speaker who discussed The impact of the Chemical Enterprise on Society. The buffet and presentation were held on the UNF campus in the Science & Engineering Bldg (Bldg 50) directly after the Annual Natural Sciences Student Research Poster Session.

Fall 2011

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "The Works at Mayo: Function of a Chemical Synthesis Core in Research", Dr. Abdul Fauq, Mayo Clinic, 9/16/2011
  • "Mesotrypsin: An Unusual Serine Protease and Target for Cancer Therapy", Dr. Evette Radisky, The Cancer Center at Mayo, 9/23/2011
  • "Basic Pharmaceuticals 101: Determining the Physical-Chemical Properties of a New Chemical Entity (NCE) and Resolving Problems While Supporting Dosage Form", Dr. Frank Chrzanowski, Founder of FA Chrzanowski, Inc., 9/30/2011
  • "Localized Biomimetic Mineralization in Artificial Cytoplasm", David Cacace, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 10/07/2011
  • "Chemical Communication in Caenorhabditis elegans", Dr. Rebecca Butcher, University of Florida, 10/14/2011
  • "Chemical Probes of Arginine-Modifying Compounds", Dr. Paul Thompson, TSRI Scripps, 10/21/2011
  • "Imaging Flow Cytometry of Fission Yeast: Cell Morphology and Effects of Toxins", Dr. Radha Pyati, University of North Florida, 10/28/2011
  • "The Interplay of Coordination Chemistry and Solvation: Designing Selective Sensors for Toxic Metals and Other Ionic Targets", Dr. Konstantinos Kavallieratos, Florida International University, 11/04/2011
  • "Double Perovskites: Mining the Periodic Table for New High-Temperature Magnets and Half-Metallic Conductors", Dr. Patrick Woodward, Ohio State University, 11/18/2011
  • "Nanoscale Dynamics: Research Opportunities at Florida State University", Dr. Ken Knappenberger, Florida State University, 11/18/2011
  • "Research Opportunities at Texas A&M University", Dr. Steve Wheeler, Texas A&M University, 11/22/2011

Spring 2011

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Information Management in the Science Lab: Blogs, Tags, Tweets, Semantics and Clouds", Dr. Stuart Chalk, University of North Florida, 1/14/2011
  • "Tales from the Disappearing Spoon", Dr. Sam Kean, American Chemical Society (ACS) Jacksonville, 1/28/2011
  • "Mechanocatalysis for the Realization of Chemicals from Biomass", Dr. Richard Blair, University of Central Florida, 2/4/2011
  • "Exploration and NASA", Dr. Tim Griffin, Materials Science Division, Kennedy Space Center, 2/18/2011
  • "Nitric oxide, its role and its detection in biological systems", Dr. Yakov Woldman, Valdosta State University, 2/25/2011, 3:30 PM, Bldg. 50, Rm. 1402
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, UNF Chemistry Majors, 3/25/2011 - 4/22/2011

Fall 2010

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Going for Gold: A Look at the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program," Dr. Linda Wood, American Chemical Society, 9/17/2010
  • "Polymers, Medical Devices, and Mass Spectrometry," Dr. Donald E. Riederer, Vistakon/J&J, 9/24/2010
  • "Anion Binding Studies with Simply Pyrrole Analogs," Dr. Michael Huggins, UWF, 10/1/2010
  • "Marine Natural Products Initiated Chemical Biology," Dr. Hendrik Luesch,UF, 10/8/2010
  • "Cell Signaling Induced by Oxidative Stress in Pancreatic Cancer," Dr. Peter Storz, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
  • "The Value of Accurate Analytical Data for Environmental Managers: A Recent City of Jacksonville Success Story Concerning Precision of Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen Measurement," Dana Morton, City of Jacksonville

Annual Student Research Poster Session

  • The Fall 2010 poster session was held on Friday, September 17, in the first floor lobby area of the Science and Engineering Building (Building 50) from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.
  • Immediately following the poster session at 5:00 p.m., there was a barbecue dinner in front of Building 50, followed by a presentation in Room 1102. Participants and attendees attended as guests of the Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society.

Spring 2010

Chemistry Seminars

  • "Advanced Oxidation of Naturally Occurring Toxins: Fundamental Investigations to Potential Water Purification Applications," Dr. Kevin O'Shea, Florida International University, 1/8/2010
  • "Renewable Fuels: Can Florida Become a Leader?" Dr. George P. Philippidis, Florida International University, 1/22/2010,
  • "Chemistry in Environmental Laboratories," Mr. Chuck Ged, Advanced Environmental Laboratories, 2/5/2010
  • "Chlorophenols in Sediments in Rice Creek and the Lower Saint Johns River," Dr. Lucy Sonnenberg, Jacksonville University, 2/12/2010
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, UNF Chemistry Majors, 3/26/2010
  • "Targeting Protein Kinase C Signaling for Lung Cancer Therapy," Dr. Alan Field, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, 3/26/2010
  • "Contact Lens Chemistry," Dr. Douglas Vanderlaan, Vistakon/J&J, 4/2/2010
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, UNF Chemistry Majors, 2:00 PM, Bldg. 50, Rm. 1406 (4/2/10 - 4/30/10)

Fall 2009

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Inventing is Fun and You Can Do It", Mr. Robert Black, Cleanest, Inc., 9/4/09
  • "Electrophilic Chemistry in Ionic Liquids as Designer Solvents and Catalysts: Making Important Organic Transformations Eco-Friendly", Dr. Kenneth K. Laali, University of North Florida, 9/10/09
  • "Strong Cationic Lewis Acids of Groups 13", Dr. Rudolph Wehmschulte, Florida Institute of Technology, 9/24/09
  • "Fluorescent Analogs and Fluorogenic Reactions: Developing New Probes for Studying Biomolecules", Dr. James Wilson, University of Miami, 10/01/09
  • "Energy Transfer on Nanomaterials", Dr. David Wie, University of Florida, 10/8/09
  • "From Undergraduate Work at UNF to Chemistry of Flavors and Fragrances in Industry", Dr. Neil Wheeler, UNF alumni, North American Operation Manager Aroma chemicals, IFF, Jacksonville, 10/15/09
  • "Two-Photon Absorbing Materials: From Bioimaging to 3D Data Storage", Dr. Kevin Belfield, University of Central Florida, 10/22/09
  • "Mass Spectrometric Imaging of Cocaine and its Metabolites in Post-mortem Human Brain Tissue", Dr. Richard Reich, University of Florida, 11/5/09