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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars

Fall 2020

Day: Wednesday
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM (MST)
Location: Virtually via Zoom (see information to join the seminar below)

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Dr. Chunsheng Wang

Speaker: Chunsheng Wang

  September 2, 2020

Host: Tianbiao Leo Liu

Affiliation: University of Maryland

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Bio: Dr. Chunsheng Wang is a Robert Franklin and Frances Riggs Wright Distinguished Chair Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland. He is an associate editor of ACS Applied Energy Materials, and UMD Driector of The UMD-ARL Center for Research in Extreme Battery. His research focuses on reachable batteries and fuel cells. He has published more than 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Chemistry, and Nature Communications. His work has been cited form more than 19,350 times with H-index of 74 (ISI). His work on lithium batteries have been featured in NASA Tech Brief, EFRC/DoE newsletter, C&EN etc. Dr. Wang is the recipient of the A. James Clark School of Engineering Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award in the University of Maryland in 2013, and winner of UMD’s invention of the Year for 2015. He is a 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate.

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Dr. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

  September 9, 2020

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Affiliation: Yale University

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Bio: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer received her B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1993, followed by two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. She was the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame from 1995-2000 and then became the Eberly Professor of Biotechnology at The Pennsylvania State University until 2012, when she became the Swanlund Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Since 2018, she has been the John Gamble Kirkwood Professor of Chemistry at Yale University. Her research centers on the investigation of charge transfer reactions, proton-coupled electron transfer, nonadiabatic dynamics, and quantum mechanical effects in chemical, biological, and interfacial processes. Her work encompasses the development of analytical theories and computational methods, as well as applications to experimentally relevant systems. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Biophysical Society. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. She was the Deputy Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry B and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Reviews. She is on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science and has served as Chair of the Physical Division and the Theoretical Subdivision of the American Chemical Society. She has over 285 publications, is co-author of a textbook entitled Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences, and has given more than 410 invited lectures, including 24 named lectureships

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Colleen Jones

  September 16, 2020

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Affiliation: Utah State University

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Bio: Dr. Jones, a Senior Researcher in the Plants, Soils, and Climate department at Utah State University, has a Ph.D. in Ecology. She works closely with the Bingham Research Center’s team in Vernal, Utah on a wide array of environmental issues. Her work includes:

  • Hazard assessment of heavy metals in a wetland system to quantify the potential risk and toxicological impact on aquatic birds and fish breeding in Pariette Wetlands.
  • Test soil reclamation techniques and their impacts used on abandoned well pads that are unique to an arid landscape and to help increase wildlife habitat and the overall soil health.
  • Measure and quantify hydrocarbon emissions using a flux chamber and GCXGC mass spectrometer to assist land managers in the oil and gas industry to make best management decisions to reduce ozone production in the Uintah Basin.
  • Work hand-in-hand with the state, cities, counties, tribes, and military installations to develop computer tools and a knowledge base that will guide community and military planners, energy developers, and land stewards in the siting of energy projects that are compatible with the military operations in Utah.
  • Monitor endangered endemic plant species of the Uinta Basin.
  • Use of Citizen Science to give students an authentic research experience.

9/16/2020 Seminar Flyer

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Dr. Mae Gustin

Mae Sexauer Gustin

  September 23, 2020

Host: Seth Lyman

Affiliation: University of Nevada, Reno

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Bio: My primary research interests are the study of the fate and transport and biogeochemical cycles of inorganic contaminants in the environment. My recent work focuses primarily on understanding the chemistry and environmental fate of atmospheric mercury in the environment, and the sources of ozone and other air pollutants to the Western United States. I am especially interested in regional and long-range transport, and how air pollution moves in complex terrains. Specific research topics in the past included investigation of natural sources of atmospheric mercury, the role of plants in the biogeochemical cycling of mercury, mercury pollution and methyl mercury production in watersheds impacted by legacy mining, and arsenic. I also have done a significant amount of work investigating the potential use of coal combustion by-products as agricultural amendments; and on Hg release from areas of legacy and industrial-scale mining. I have worked with the mining industry to develop best management practices for reducing Hg releases from non-point sources. I have also done research on the fate of trifluoroacetic acids and organophosphate pesticides during interaction with vegetation and soils. I am especially interested in the role that the atmosphere, and vegetation, play as sources, sinks and pathways for cycling of environmental contaminants.

9/23/2020 Seminar Flyer

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Dr. Pourya Shahpoury

Pourya Shahpoury

 September 30, 2020

Host: Kim Hageman

Affiliation: Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) 

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Bio: Pourya Shahpoury received his Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He later worked as postdoctoral research scientist at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany, where he researched the multi-compartmental partitioning of organic pollutants in the environment and their interactions with the human lung. He is currently a scientist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Toronto, where his research focuses on the chemistry and health-related properties of atmospheric aerosols.

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Dr. Bart Tarbet

Bart Tarbet  -  The Biology of SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19

 October 7, 2020

Host: Doug Harris

Affiliation: Utah State University

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Bio: I joined the Institute for Antiviral Research in the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University in 2008. Prior to joining USU, I was employed in the Research and Development department at Intervet Inc. (now Merck Animal Health), a global leader in the discovery, development, and manufacture of veterinary medicines. During the twelve years that I worked at Intervet I completed proprietary research in the area of vaccine development.

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Dr. Jack Norton

Jack Norton  - The Transfer of H+, H•, H, and e from M–H Bonds, and their Applications to Synthesis

 October 14, 2020

Host: Gang Li
Affiliation: Columbia University
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Dr. Jeffrey Moore

Mark Orazem

  October 21, 2020

Host: Tianbiao Liu

Affiliation: University of Florida

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Dr. Jeffrey Moore

Jeffery Moore

  November 11, 2020

Host: Shawn Miller

Affiliation: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Bio: Professor Moore received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1989 from the University of Illinois. Thereafter, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty in 1993. Professor Moore served as "Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society" from 1999-2013. He is a faculty member of the Beckman Institute and the Frederick Seitz Material Research Lab.

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Dr. Lawrence Que

Speaker: Lawrence Que

  November 18, 2020

Host: Gang Li

Affiliation: University of Minnesota

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Dr. Amy Rosenzweig

Speaker: Amy Rosenzweig **Hansen Seminar**

  December 2, 2020

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Affiliation: Northwestern University

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Bio: Amy Rosenzweig received a B. A. in chemistry from Amherst College and a Ph. D. in inorganic chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, she joined the faculty of Northwestern University where she is currently the Weinberg Family Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Her laboratory uses structural, biochemical, and omic approaches to attack problems at the forefront of bioinorganic chemistry. Areas of interest include biological methane oxidation, metal uptake and transport, and oxygen activation by metalloenzymes.


Dr. Yugang Sun

Speaker: Yugang Sun

December 9, 2020

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: Temple University

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Bio: Dr. Yugang Sun obtained his B.S and Ph.D degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1996 and 2001, respectively.  He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Younan Xia at the University of Washington and Prof. John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2006, Dr. Sun joined the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to start his independent research career.  He moved to the Chemistry Department of Temple University in January 2016.  He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2007 and DOE’s Office of Science Early Career Scientist and Engineering Award in 2008.  His research focuses on the design/synthesis of hybrid nanostructures as well as the investigation of novel properties of the synthesized nanostructures in the context of nanophotonics, photocatalysis, sensing, and energy storage/conversion.  His group also works on developing in situ techniques for tracking nanomaterials formation and transformation as well as big data processing.

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