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​​Departmental Seminar Series

Green Centre Canada

We thank Friends of Chemistry and GreenCentre Canada for their support of our seminar program

*All seminars begin at 11:30 AM on Fridays in CHE117, unless otherwise indicated

2019-2020 Seminar Schedule

Sep 2019 | Oct 2019 | Nov 2019 | Dec 2019 | Jan 2020 | Feb 2020
Mar 2020 | Apr 2020 | May 2020 | Jun 2020 | Jul 2020 | Aug 2020

September 2019

Friday, August 30th at 1:30 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Jianfu Ding - National Research Council of Canada
Title: Single-walled carbon nanotubes and their preparation, purification and applications
Host: G. Liu

Wednesday, September 4th at 1:00 p.m. in CHE117
12 Annual Queen's Graduate Chemistry Society Symposium
Speaker: Dr. Cathleen Crudden - Queen's University
Title: Metal catalysts, clusters, and surfaces: Catalytic preparation of chiral bio-molecules and carbon-based self-assembled monolayer
Host: QGCS

September 6th
Department of Chemistry Graduate Orientation Session & PhD Departmental Seminar (at 12:15 p.m.)
Speaker: Timothy Wright - PhD Student
Title: Enantioselective Rhodium-Catalyzed Allylic Alkylation of Enolates and Homoenolates: Construction of alpha- and beta-Stereogenic Carbonyl Compounds
Host: A. Evans - Supervisor

September 13th
Young Persons’ Lecture Competition Talk
Speaker: Morgan Lehtinen - PhD Student
Title: H2Only: Smart filters for efficient oil/water separation
Host: McDonald Institute

September 20th
Green Chemistry Lecture
Speaker: Audrey Moores - McGill University
Title: Solvent-free Approaches to Nanoparticles Synthesis and Polymer Functionalization and Plasmonic Catalytic Hydrogenation Reactions
Host: P. Jessop

September 27th
Speaker: Christopher Lohans - Biomedical and Molecular Sciences - Queen's University
Title: Alternative mechanisms of β-lactam antibiotic degradation by bacterial β-lactamases and transpeptidases
Host: G. Howe

September 30th at 3:00 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Md. Shahiduzzaman - Nanomaterials Research Institute
Title: Perovskite Nanoparticle Seeding Mediated Growth for Enhanced Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells

Speaker: Motohiro Mizuno - Nanomaterials Research Institute
Title: Analysis of local structure and molecular motion in proton-conducting materials using solid-state NMR

Speaker: Tetsuya Taima - Nanomaterials Research Institute
Title: Improvement of organic photovoltaic cells by molecular orientation control

Host: JM. Nunzi

October 2019

October 4th
Speaker: Luc Robitaille - Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Title: Responsible Care a proven model of voluntary self-regulation
Host: D. Zechel

October 11th
Speaker: Philip Jessop - Department of Chemistry - Queen's University
Title: Seeking a Silver Lining: Addressing Environmental Problems with Waste CO2
Host: G. Liu

October 11th at 3:30 p.m. in CHE415
Speaker: Donald A. Tryk - University of Yamanashi
Title: Recent progress in understanding electrocatalytic processes using theory
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

October 18th
Student Mentoring Session
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October 18th at 1:00 p.m. in CHE415
Speaker: Tatiana Ferreira - University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ
Title: Anaerobic bacteria role in bio-based products production: a biorefinery opportunity
Host: P. Jessop

October 21st at 3:30 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Marian Chatenet - L’Universite Grenoble Alpes
Title: Can we split water with stainless steel electrodes?
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

October 22nd at 11:30 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Federico Grillo - University of St. Andrews
Title: Adsorption studies from model to real substrates: the case of benzotriazole
Host: C. Crudden

October 25th
Baird Lecture
Speaker: Douglas W Stephan - University of Toronto
Title: New Directions in FLP Chemistry
Hosts: S. Wang & C. Crudden

October 28th at 12:30 p.m. in CHE415
Speaker: Saber Naserifar - California Institute of Technology
Title: New Description of ‘Mysterious’ Water and Phenomena Underlying Supercooled Critical Point
Host: T. Carrington

November 2019

November 1st
Speaker: David Bryce - University of Ottawa
Title: Non-Covalent and Covalent Bonding from a Multinuclear Solid-State Magnetic Resonance Perspective: Structure, Symmetry, and Dynamic Processes
Host: G. Wu

November 8th
Russell Lecture
Speaker: Shigehiro Yamaguchi - Nagoya University
Title: Main-Group p-Materials for Organic Electronics and Bioimaging
Host: Wang, S

November 15th
Speaker: W. Stephen McNeil - UBC Okanagan
Title: Concepts, Content, Context: Assessment of a Strategic Redesign of a First-Year Chemistry Curriculum
Host: A. Bongers

November 22nd
Speaker: Stephen Newman - University of Ottawa
Title: Engaging esters, aldehydes, and alcohols in cross-coupling reactions
Host: A. Evans

November 29th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Josh Clarke - PhD Student
Title: Borocation Catalyzed Pyridine Reductions by a Dearomative Hydrosilylation/Hydrogenation Cascade
Host: C. Crudden - Supervisor

Speaker: Alex Cormier - PhD Student
Title: Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Particles for Forward Osmosis
Host: P. Jessop - Supervisor

Speaker: Amy MacLean - PhD Student
Title: Design of an SPR system to study surface reactions in organic solvents
Host: P. Loock - Supervisor

December 2019

December 3rd at 11:30 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Travis Fridgen - Memorial Fridgen
Title: The Physical Chemistry of Gas-Phase Ionic Nucleic Acid Base Complexes Using Ion Trapping Mass Spectrometry
Host: P. Loock

December 6th
Szarek Lecture
Speaker: Laura Kiessling - MIT
Title: Chemical Biology of Microbial Glycans
Host: C. Crudden

December 13th
McRae Lecture
Speaker: Jillian Buriak - University of Alberta
Title: Let's Do the Twist: From Epitaxial Block Copolymer Nanopatterns to Graphene Bilayers
Host: D. Zechel

December 20th
Speaker: Germano Tremiliosi-Filho - University of Sao Paulo, Institute of Chemistry at Sao Carlos
Title: Development of Photo-assisted Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells: Application of the Self-doped TiO2/Pt Nanotube in the Ethanol Photo-electro-oxidation
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

December 27th (University Closed - No Seminar)
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January 2020

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January 7th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE211
Speaker: Gabriel Ménard - University of California, Santa Barbara
Title: Targeting Energy Solutions: From Fundamental to Applied Inorganic Redox Chemistry
Host: C. Crudden

January 10th
Harrison-MacRae Lecture
Speaker: Ulrich Schollwöck - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Title: Tensor Networks: A Useful Method For Quantum Chemistry?
Host: T. Carrington

January 17th
Jones Lecture
Speaker: Paul Ayers - McMaster University
Title: Strong Electron Correlation
Host: T. Carrington

January 24th
Speaker: Ronald Brisbois - Macalester College
Title: Leveraging Cyclophane and 1,2,3-Triazole Synthesis to Prospect for Novel Light-Emitting and Colorimetric Sensor Molecules
Host: A. Evans

January 31st
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Bidur Ghimire - PhD Student
Title: Use of Patterned Super (hydrophobic) Surfaces in Digital Microfluidics
Host: R. Oleschuk - Supervisor

February 2020

February 7th at 12:30 p.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Michael Eikerling - Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Jülich, Germany
Title: Deciphering Electrocatalytic Reactions with Theory and Computation
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

February 14th
Speaker: Zac Hudson - University of British Columbia
Title: Multiblock Nanofibers from Organic Electronic Materials
Host: G. Howe

February 20th at 10:00 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Paul Duchesne - University of Toronto
Title: In situ X-ray Characterization of Advanced Energy Materials
Host: R. Oleschuk

February 21st at 10:00 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Héloïse Thérien-Aubin - Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Title: Polymer under confinement: from polymer/nanoparticles hybrids to functional materials
Host: R. Oleschuk

February 24th at 10:00 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Sayed Youssef Sayed Nagy - University of Alberta
Title: Materials for High Capacity Li-and Na-Based Batteries
Host: R. Oleschuk

February 26th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Raychelle Burks - St. Edward's University
Title: Seeing Clearly: Exploring new vapor-phase stains for cyanoacrylate processing of latent prints
Host: C. Crudden

February 27th at 10:00 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Mahdi Hesari - The University of Western Ontario
Title: Interrogating Light interactions with Nanomaterials Towards Single Particle Level
Host: R. Oleschuk

February 28th
Inaugural Dr. Stan Brown Lecture
Speaker: Peter R. Schreiner - Institute of Organic Chemistry, Justus Liebig University
Title: Carbohydrate formation in the absence of biosynthesis
Host: C. Crudden

March 2020

March 2nd at 10:00 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Andrew Bennet - Simon Fraser University
Title: Tuning the Reactivity of Carbasugars to Permit Temporal Control of Glycoside Hydrolase Activity
Host: C. Crudden

March 3rd at 10:00 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: R. J. Dwayne. Miller1,2 - 1Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matters & 2Departments of Chemistry and Physics, University of Toronto
Title: Mapping Atomic Motions with Ultrabright Electrons: Fundamental Space-Time Limits to Imaging Chemistry
Host: T. Carrington

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March 13th
Speaker: Anne Petitjean - Department of Chemistry, Queen's University
Title: 'Guanine quadruplexes: A tale of expanding discoveries in nucleic acid targeting’
Host: G. Liu

March 20th
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April 2020

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April 10th (Good Friday - University Closed - No Seminar)
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April 24th
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May 2020

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May 8th at 11:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: P. Andrew Evans - Department of Chemistry, Queen's University
Title: Stereoselective Construction of Challenging C-C Bonds: Total Synthesis of Complex Bioactive Agents
Host: G. Liu

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May 29th
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June 2020

June 5th at 11:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Haili Zheng - PhD Student
Title: Fabrication of an Inverse Size-Selective Membrane Using an Electrospun Nanofiber Mat as a Template
Host: G. Liu - Supervisor

June 12th at 11:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Chantelle Capicciotti - Department of Chemistry, Queen's University
Title: The Sweet Side of Health and Disease: Harnessing Chemistry to Understand the Biology of Carbohydrates
Host: G. Liu

June 19th
Speaker: Gregory Jerkiewicz - Department of Chemistry, Queen's University
Title: Interfacial Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis at Monocrystalline Electrodes
Host: G. Liu

June 26th at 11:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Goonay Yousefalizadeh - PhD Student
Title: Atomically Precise Metal Clusters: Synthesis, Excited State Properties and Unique Optical Properties
Host: K. Stamplecoskie - Supervisor

Speaker: Logan (Zhechang) He - PhD Student
Title: Divergent and Multi-stage Photoisomerization of Four-coordinated Boron Compounds
Host: S. Wang - Supervisor

July 2020

July 3rd (University Closed – No Seminar)
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July 31st via Microsoft Teams
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Eduardo de Barros Ferreira - PhD Student
Title: Nickel Electrochemistry: From Fundamentals to Applications
Host: G. Jerkiewicz - Supervisor

August 2020

August 7th via Microsoft Teams
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Yagya Paudel - PhD Student
Title: Discovery and investigation of the biosynthesis of a novel lanthipeptide molecule from a marine bacterium Pseudoalteromonas flavipulchra 2ta6
Host: A. Ross - Supervisor

August 14th via Zoom
Speaker: Marilyn Rampersad Mackiewicz - Oregon State University
Title: Inclusive Leadership: Your role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive
Host: A. Evans

August 21st via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Bruno G. Pollet - Department of Energy and Process Engineering - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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August 28th
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2020-2021 Seminar Schedule

Sep 2020 | Oct 2020 | Nov 2020 | Dec 2020 | Jan 2021 | Feb 2021
Mar 2021 | Apr 2021 | May 2021 | Jun 2021 | Jul 2021 | Aug 2021

September 2020

September 4th
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September 18th via Zoom
Speaker: Matt Moffitt - University of Victoria
Title: Controlling Block Copolymer-Based Nanomedicines Using Microfluidic
Host: G. Liu

September 25th
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April 23rd
McRae Lecture
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April 30th
Russell Lecture
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May 2021

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