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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars 2019-2020


Day: Wednesday
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Place: Widtsoe Hall Room 330
*Unless otherwise noted*

Contact liz.cerenzie@usu.edu to schedule a speaker or with questions.

Dr. Mingjing He

Speaker: Mingjing He

January 8, 2020

Host: Kim Hageman

Affiliation: Southwest University of Chongqing, China

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ming_Jing_He

Bio: Associate Professor MING-JING HE focuses on the occurrence, fate, and transport of organic pollutants in the environment. His laboratory quantifies organic pollutants in soils, dust, water,air and biological samples. He mainly focuses on the occurrences of organophosphorus ester and phthalate in different environmental matrices. His research group develops and validates methods for the extraction and clean-up of analytes from complex environmental matrices, conducts field experiments, and develops bioaccumulation behaviors of organic pollutants. He has co-authored 27 peer-reviewed articles; his H-index is 11 and his publications have received > 640 citations (Scopus).

Dr. Sean Roberts

Speaker: Sean Roberts

January 15, 2020

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: University of Texas, Austin

Faculty Page: https://cns.utexas.edu/directory/item/12-chemistry/1277-roberts-sean?Itemid=349

Research Group: https://www.robertsgrouput.org/

Bio: Sean T. Roberts received his BS in Chemistry from the University of California Los Angeles in 2003 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute in Technology in 2010 for work using multidimensional infrared spectroscopy to study proton transport in liquid water with Andrei Tokmakoff. In 2010, Sean was awarded an NSF ACC-F postdoctoral fellowship and undertook a position at the University of Southern California where he worked in the groups of Stephen Bradforth and Alexander Benderskii on collaborative projects organized by the Center for Energy Nanoscience, a DOE supported Energy Frontier Research Center. In 2014, Sean started his independent career at the University of Texas at Austin where he leads a research group that uses and develops ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to understand how the mesoscopic ordering of semiconductor nanomaterials impacts their ability to manipulate energy and transport charge. Sean is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, was named a Cottrell Scholar in 2018, and has lead projects funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Robert T. Welch Foundation, and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund. Sean has also won numerous teaching awards and currently leads an ACS and NSF-funded education and research program, GReen Energy At Texas (GREAT), that works with community colleges to increase student retention and degree attainment in the physical sciences.

Dr. Natalie Ahn

Speaker: Natalie Ahn

January 22, 2020

Host: Joanie Hevel

Affiliation: University of Colorado, Boulder

Faculty Page: https://www.colorado.edu/biochemistry/natalie-ahn

Bio: Natalie Ahn discovered mammalian MAP kinase kinases, key regulators of the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase pathway, which are important targets for anti-cancer therapies. She elucidated enzymatic and cellular mechanisms underlying cell signaling events, and pioneered the use of functional proteomics and hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry for signal transduction research.  Ahn received a B.S. in Chemistry (1979, Univ. Washington, Seattle), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1985, Univ. California, Berkeley) where she carried out studies in mechanistic enzymology in the lab of Judith Klinman.  She then carried out postdoctoral studies on the purification of lipocortins in the lab of Christoph de Haen and the identification of enzymes in the MAP kinase pathway in the lab of Edwin Krebs, Univ. Washington.  She has been Professor of Biochemistry at Univ. Colorado, Boulder since 1992, and was an HHMI Investigator from 2003-2014.  Honors and service include Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past-President of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the U.S. Human Proteome Organization.  

Dr. Natalie Ahn

Speaker: Erik Grumstrup

January 29, 2020

Host: Joanie Hevel

Affiliation: Montana State University

Faculty Page: http://www.chemistry.montana.edu/directory/1662468/erik-grumstrup

Research Group: http://www.montana.edu/grumstruplab/

Dr. Sarah Styler

Speaker: Sarah Styler

February 5, 2020

Host: Kim Hageman

Affiliation: University of Alberta

Faculty Page: https://www.ualberta.ca/science/about-us/contact-us/faculty-directory/sarah-styler

Research Group: https://spaces.facsci.ualberta.ca/styler/our-group/

Bio: My path to the University of Alberta has been winding: although I obtained my BSc, MSc, and my PhD at the University of Toronto, I’ve also made stops in London, Lyon, and Leipzig.
During my BSc, I studied synthetic organic and environmental chemistry (I was the rare student with a full set of organic chemistry courses as electives!), and was an undergraduate research student in the laboratories of Prof. Jonathan P. D. Abbatt and Prof. Andrei K. Yudin.
I performed my MSc and PhD work under the supervision of Prof. D. James Donaldson. My MSc research focused on photooxidative reactions occurring on ‘urban film’, the complex mixture of chemicals that coats surfaces in urban environments. During my PhD, I studied the interaction of desert dust with organic pollutants, and focused on the role that dust plays in promoting photochemical reactions in the atmosphere.
In 2013, I began postdoctoral work at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Hartmut Herrmann. In Leipzig, I used a combination of field sampling and laboratory experiments to gain insight into the role that urban surfaces play in mediating urban air quality and the atmospheric lifetime of of photochemically active pollutants.
Here at U of A, where I’m currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, my research program focuses on chemistry and photochemistry in atmospheric aerosol populations typical of those found in polluted urban and industially influenced environments.

Dr. Steve Baldelli

Speaker: Steve Baldelli

February 12, 2020

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: University of Houston

Faculty Page: https://uh.edu/nsm/chemistry/people/faculty/Baldelli/

Research Group: https://baldellilab.weebly.com/

Dr. Alexander V. Bendersii

Speaker: Alexander V. Bendersii

February 19, 2020

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: University of Southern California

Faculty Page: http://chem.usc.edu/faculty/Benderskii.html

Dr. Jennifer Schaefer

Speaker: Jennifer Schaefer

February 26, 2020

Host: Tianbiao Leo Liu

Affiliation: Notre Dame University

Faculty Page: https://mccourtneyhall.nd.edu/faculty/jennifer-schaefer/; https://engineering.nd.edu/profiles/jschaefer2

Research Group: https://www.schaeferresearch.com/

Bio: Jennifer L. Schaefer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Schaefer received M.Eng. and B.Ch.E. degrees in chemical engineering and a B.S. in chemistry from Widener University in 2008.  She completed a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Cornell University in January 2014.  She then held an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology until moving to Notre Dame in July 2015.  Her research group studies ion transport, interfacial phenomena, and applied polymer materials in electrochemical and electroactive devices.

Dr. Andrew Gewirth

Speaker: Andrew Gewirth

March 11, 2020

Host: Tianbiao Leo Liu

Affiliation: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Page: https://chemistry.illinois.edu/agewirth

Research Group: http://faculty.scs.illinois.edu/aag/

Bio: Professor Andrew A. Gewirth received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1981 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987. He joined the Illinois faculty in 1988 after postdoctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin. Research in his group focuses on the structure and reactivity of surfaces and interfaces.

Dr. Chunsheng Wang

Speaker: Chunsheng Wang

March 18, 2020

Host: Tianbiao Leo Liu

Affiliation: University of Maryland

Faculty Page: https://chbe.umd.edu/clark/faculty/340/Chunsheng-Wang

Research Group: http://cswang.umd.edu/

Dr. Li Li

Speaker: Li Li

March 25, 2020

Host: Kim Hageman

Affiliation: University of Nevada, Reno

Faculty Page: https://www.unr.edu/public-health/faculty/li-li

Bio: Dr. Li Li is an environmental modeler in the inter-discipline of environmental chemistry, industrial ecology, and exposure and health sciences. His research seeks to understand the accumulation, transport, transformation of synthetic chemicals (e.g., flame retardants, plasticizers, pesticides, and surfactants) and materials (e.g., nanomaterials and microplastics) in a nexus comprising the human socioeconomic system, environment and food webs, as well as the resulting adverse environmental and health effects. He strives to establish, foster, maintain and promote a variety of mechanistically sound and computationally effective models, to advance our thinking and understanding of the behavior and processes of synthetic chemicals and materials and meanwhile to inform decision making. In 2017, Dr. Li obtained his Ph.D. degree from Peking University (China), with his doctoral research honored with the "Springer Theses" Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award. He worked as a Mitacs postdoctoral fellow at the Universit y of Toronto Scarborough (Canada) between 2017 and 2019, before joining the University of Nevada, Reno as an assistant professor.

Dr. Amy Rosenzweig

Speaker: Amy Rosenzweig **Hansen Seminar**

April 1, 2020  MAIN 115

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Affiliation: Northwestern University

Faculty Page: https://www.chemistry.northwestern.edu/people/core-faculty/profiles/amy-rosenzweig.html

Research Group: http://groups.molbiosci.northwestern.edu/rosenzweig/

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. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Speaker: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

April 7, 2020 (Tuesday) ESLC 046

Host: Lance Seefeldt

Affiliation: Yale University

Faculty Page: https://chem.yale.edu/people/sharon-hammes-schiffer

Research Group: https://www.hammes-schiffer-group.org/

Dr. Jeffrey Moore

Speaker: Jeffery Moore

April 15, 2020

Host: Shawn Miller

Affiliation: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Page: https://chemistry.illinois.edu/jsmoore

Research Grouphttps://mooregroup.beckman.illinois.edu/

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.

Dr. Lawrence Que

Speaker: Lawrence Que

April 22, 2020

Host: Gang Li

Affiliation: University of Minnesota

Faculty Page: https://chem.umn.edu/profiles/lawrence-que

Dr. Yugang Sun

Speaker: Yugang Sun

April 29, 2020

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: Temple University

Faculty Page: https://chem.cst.temple.edu/sun.html

Research Group: http://nanosungroup.net/

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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