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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

2017-2018 Seminar Schedule

Sep 2017 | Oct 2017 | Nov 2017 | Dec 2017 | Jan 2018 | Feb 2018
Mar 2018 | Apr 2018 | May 2018 | Jun 2018 | Jul 2018 | Aug 2018

September 2017

September 1st at 11:30 in CHE202
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Xilong (Ryan) Yuan - PhD Student
Title: CO2-modified solvents for chromatographic separations
Host: R. Oleschuk - Supervisor

September 7th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
10th Annual Queen's Chemistry Graduate Symposium
Speaker: Nathan Magarvey - McMaster University
Title: Computing Chemistry and Genomes for Natural Product Drug Discovery
Host: QGCS

September 8th
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September 15th
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September 22nd
Speaker: Cosima Stubenrauch - Stuttgart University
Title: About Monodisperse Polymer Foams and Gelled Complex Fluids
Host: P. Loock

September 29th
Inaugural Baird Lecture
Speaker: Richard Schrock - MIT
Title: Adventures in the Chemistry of Transition Metal to Carbon Multiple Bonds
Hosts: M. Baird & P. Loock

October 2017

October 6th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Sean McDonald - PhD Student
Title: Binding Modes and Reactivity of Pyrido[2,1-a]isoindole as a Neu-tral Carbon Donor with Main Group and Transition Metal Elements.
Host: S. Wang - Supervisor

October 11th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Frédéric-Georges Fontaine - Laval University
Title: Ligand design in organometallic chemistry taken to the extreme: when the metal is no longer needed
Host: S. Wang

October 13th
Speaker: Tao Zeng - Carleton University
Title: Our Recent Studies on Vibronic Coupling: Applications in Singlet Fission and Paper-and-Pencil Works on Deriving Hamiltonians
Host: S. Wang

October 20th
Speaker: Alexander Radosevich - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: “Geometric Deformation in the Design of Biphilic Organophosphorus Catalysts”
Host: C. Crudden

October 27th
Jones Lecture
Speaker: Jeffery Bode - ETH Zürich
Title: Synthetic Methods for the Building Block Economy
Host: C. Crudden

October 30th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE213
E Gordon Young Lecture 2017 (#CICEGYLecture)
Speaker: Polly Arnold - University of Edinburgh
Title: Putting the f in chemistry – making molecules that help us safeguard our nuclear waste
Host: P. Jessop

November 2017

November 3rd
Speaker: Bruno Pollet - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Title: Introduction to Sono-electrochemistry: The Effect of Power Ultrasound on Electrochemical Parameters
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

November 6th at 1:00 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Martin Albrecht - Universität Bern
Title: Exploring and Exploiting Ligands with Dynamic Bonding Properties for Catalytic Applications
Host: C. Crudden

November 10th
Speaker: Ramzi Asfour - Office of Partnerships and Innovation, Queen's University
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Host: P. Loock

November 14th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Peng L. Wang - Redlen Technologies
Title: From Energy Harvesting to Radiation Detection: Chemistry of Crystalline Materials
Host: P. Loock

November 17th
Speaker: Lu Yang - National Research Council (Ottawa)
Title: Metrological and SI traceable measurements by ICPMS and MC-ICPMS
Host: D. Beauchemin

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November 28th at 10:30 a.m. in CHE415
Speaker: Kevin Thurbide - University of Calgary
Title: Novel Approaches for Improving the Chromatographic Analysis of Sulfur Compounds
Host: R. Oleschuk

November 28th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Elisa Fatila - Louisiana Tech University
Title: Intermolecular Interactions: from Magnetism to Host-Guest Chemistry
Host: P. Loock

November 29th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE213
Speaker: George Chan - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Optical Isotopic Analysis with Laser-induced Plasma
Host: P. Loock

December 2017

December 1st
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Ram Lamsal - PhD Student
Title: Exploration of new applications of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to fuel cell electrochemistry
Host: D. Beauchemin & G. Jerkiewicz - Supervisors

Speaker: Abrar Al Rashed - PhD Student
Title: A study of the interaction of N-heterocyclic carbenes with polycrystalline copper surfaces
Host: H. Horton - Supervisor

Speaker: Aliyah Alshamrani - PhD Student
Title: Reaction of CS2 and CO2 with neutral organic bases in the absence and presence of water
Host: P. Jessop - Supervisor

December 7th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Alexander Gundlach-Graham
Title: Simultaneous and Comprehensive Elemental Analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (ICPTOFMS): Reformulating Old Problems with New Instrumentation and Measurement Strategies
Host: P. Loock

December 8th
Speaker: Libai Huang - Purdue University
Title: Ultrafast Microscopy of Energy and Charge Transport
Host: K. Stamplecoskie

December 15th
Speaker: Ryan Guterman - The Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Title: Ionic Liquids as Reagents and Polymers – Alkylating agents and poly-carbenes
Host: C. Crudden

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December 29th (University Closed - No Seminar)
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January 2018

January 5th
PhD Departmental Seminar
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January 12th
Green Chemistry Lecture
Speaker: Chao-Jun Li - McGill University
Title: Catalyst-free and redox-neutral innate trifluoromethylation and alkylation of aromatics enabled by light
Host: P. Jessop

January 19th
Speaker: Craig Williams - University of Queensland
Title: Aspects of Natural Products, Caged Hydrocarbon Bioisosteres, and Synthetic Methodology
Host: A. Evans

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February 2018

February 2nd
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February 9th
Harrison-MacRae Lecture
Speaker: Victor S. Batista - Yale University
Title: Converting Water into Fuel: Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis
Host: T. Carrington

February 16th
Organic Reactions Inc. Lecture
Speaker: Michael J. Krische - The University of Texas at Austin
Title: Hydrogen-Mediated C-C Bond Formation: Green Chemistry
Host: A. Evans

February 23rd
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Prashant Agrawal - PhD Student
Title: Afraid of getting wet? Use of (Super)hydrophobic surfaces in Digital Microfluidics
Host: R. Oleschuk - Supervisor

Speaker: Kang Yuan - PhD Student
Title: New Borylation Strategy for Heterocycles
Host: S. Wang - Supervisor

March 2018

March 2nd
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Ahmed Al Hejami - PhD Student
Title: Improving the analytical performance of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry using infrared heating of the sample introduction system
Host: D. Beauchemin - Supervisor

March 9th
Speaker: Jérôme Claverie - University of Sherbrooke
Title: Supramolecular assembly of polymeric dispersants with carbon based materials for the fabrication of fast-drying conductive inks
Host: G. Liu

March 16th
Frost Lecture
Speaker: Gerhard Erker - Universität Münster
Title: Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry: Searching for New Reactions
Host: S. Wang

March 23rd
Speaker: Ignacio Vargas-Baca - McMaster University
Title: Supramolecular Main-Group Chemistry
Host: S. Wang

March 30th (Good Friday - University Closed - No Seminar)
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April 2018

April 6th
Russell Lecture
Speaker: Timothy Lodge - University of Minnesota
Title: Ionic Liquid/Block Polymer Nanocomposites: Remarkably Versatile, Functional Materials
Host: G. Liu

April 13th
Inaugural Walter A. Szarek Lecture
Speaker: Sir Fraser Stoddart - Northwestern University
Title: Materials Beyond Cyclodextrins: Emergence Opens Up a Whole New World of Wonders
Hosts: W. A. Szarek & P. Loock

April 16th at 1:30 p.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Darius Rackus - University of Toronto
Title: Point-of-Care Digital Microfluidics
Host: P. Loock

April 17th at 1:30 p.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Zhe She - University of Toronto Scarborough
Title: Probing Molecular Interactions towards Biological Analysis on Surfaces
Host: P. Loock

April 19th at 1:30 p.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Philippe Dauphin Ducharme - University of California
Title: Electrochemistry of DNA Monolayers: from Biophysics to Biosensing
Host: P. Loock

April 20th
McRae Lecture
Speaker: Nathan Lewis - California Institute of Technology
Title: Materials by Design Principles in Artificial Photosynthesis: Discovery and Synergistic Integration of Light Absorbers, Electrocatalysts and Membranes for a Complete, Stable, Efficient, and Safe Solar Fuels Generator
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

April 20th at 1:30 p.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Yevgen Nazarenko - McGill University
Title: Nanomaterials and Nanoaerosols: Sources, Concerns and Analytical Approaches
Host: P. Loock

April 27th
Harrison-MacRae Lecture
Speaker: Burçin Bayram - Miami University
Title: Rovibrationally Resolved Lifetime Measurement of Molecular Sodium
Host: J. Stotz

May 2018

May 4th
Speaker: Jean-Philip Lumb - McGill University
Title: Driving Synthesis by Oxidation
Host: A. Evans

May 7 at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Albert Bowers - University of North Carolina
Title: Chemoenzymatic Platforms for the Discovery of New Peptide Therapeutics
Host: A. Ross

May 11th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Ramjee Kandel - PhD Student
Title: Basicity of Phosphaguanidine, and its Ru(II) Complex for CO2 Hydrogenation
Host: P. Jessop - Supervisor

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May 23rd at 11:30 a.m. in CHE213
Speaker: Allan Watson - University of St Andrews
Title: Mechanism to application in Pd and Cu catalysis
Host: C. Crudden

May 24th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Yoshiyuki Kuroda - Yokohama National University
Title: Dynamic Nanostructural Transformation of Meso/Macroporous Materials for Flexible Templating
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

May 25th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Andrew Burnie - PhD Student
Title: New Rhodium-Catalyzed Pauson–Khand-Type Cyclocarbonylation Reactions for Target-Directed Synthesis
Host: A. Evans - Supervisor

Speaker: Yu Su - PhD Student
Title: Intramolecular Rhodium-Catalyzed Ene-Cycloisomerization Reactions of Thioether and Triorganosilane containing Alkenylidenecyclopropanes: Novel Metal-Mediated β-Sulfide and β-Silyl Elimination Reactions
Host: A. Evans - Supervisor

June 2018

June 1st
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June 8th
Speaker: Datong Song - University of Toronto
Title: Reactivity Chemistry and Catalysis with Iron
Host: S. Wang

June 15th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Soren Mellerup - PhD Student
Title: Exploring Asymmetry in Photoresponsive Boron Systems: New Insights, Reactivity, and Potential
Host: S. Wang - Supervisor

Speaker: Caitlin Miron- PhD Student
Title: Targeting Guanine Quadruplexes with Self-Assembled and Expanded Coordination Complexes
Host: A. Petitjean - Supervisor

June 22nd
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Christene Smith - PhD Student
Title: Self-Assembled Monolayer of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes and Their Applications
Host: C. Crudden - Supervisor

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July 2018

July 6th
Speaker: Henning J. Jessen - Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Title: Chemistry & Biology of Inorganic Polyphosphate; the Forgotten Biopolymer
Host: D. Zechel

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August 2018

August 3rd
PhD Departmental Seminar
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August 10th
Speaker: Caleb Martin - Baylor University
Title: Converting Anti-Aromatic to Aromatic: A Method to Access Boron-Containing Heteroarenes
Host: S. Wang

August 13th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Frieder Jaekle - Rutger's University
Title: Borane Lewis Acids: From Molecules to Materials
Host: S. Wang

August 13th at 2:00 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Yoshiaki Uchida - Osaka University
Title: Functionalization by Self-Assembly in Soft Matter
Host: G. Liu

August 14th at 2:00 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Christine Bottaro - Memorial University
Title: The Challenges and Rewards of Molecular Imprinting Smart Polymers for Environmental Analysis
Host: R. Oleschuk

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August 24th
Speaker: R.J. (Cobus) Kriek - North West University
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August 31st
Speaker: Barbro Kollander - National Food Agency of Sweden
Title: Food safety in Sweden – a glimpse at the work of the National Food Agency with special focus on heavy metals and speciation of arsenic
Host: D. Beauchemin

2018-2019 Seminar Schedule

Sep 2018 | Oct 2018 | Nov 2018 | Dec 2018 | Jan 2019 | Feb 2019
Mar 2019 | Apr 2019 | May 2019 | Jun 2019 | Jul 2019 | Aug 2019

September 2018

September 4th
11th Annual Queen's Chemistry Graduate Symposium
Speaker: Molly Shoichet - University of Toronto
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September 7th
Speaker: Jim Green - University of Windsor
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Host: A. Evans

September 14th
Speaker: Jean-Pierre Perreault - Université de Sherbrooke
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September 21st
PhD Departmental Seminar
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September 28th
Speaker: Jennifer Love - University of British Columbia
Title: Developing catalytic reactions one step at a time
Host: A. Evans

October 2018

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October 10th at 1:30 p.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Fumitoshi Shibahara - Gifu University
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October 12th
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October 23rd, time TBA
Speaker: Brian Popp - West Virginia University
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October 26th
Speaker: Katherine Elvira - University of Victoria
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November 2018

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November 9th
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November 23rd
Speaker: Mark Stradiotto - Dalhousie University
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November 30th
Russell Lecture
Speaker: Mitchell A. Winnik - University of Toronto
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December 2018

December 7th
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December 14th
Baird Lecture
Speaker: Karen I. Goldberg - University of Pennsylvania
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December 28th (University Closed - No Seminar)
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January 2019

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January 11th
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February 2019

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February 8th
Harrison-MacRae Lecture
Speaker: Chihaya Adachi - Kyushu University
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February 15th
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March 2018

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March 8th
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March 15th
Harrison-MacRae Lecture
Speaker: Peter Willis - NASA Astrobiology Institute
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March 22nd
McRae Lecture
Speaker: Sarah E. Reisman - California Institute of Technology
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March 29th
Harrison-MacRae Lecture
Speaker: Ian Harrison - University of Virginia
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April 2019

April 5th
Jones Lecture
Speaker: Thomas F. Miller - California Institute of Technology
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April 12th
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April 19th (Good Friday - University Closed - No Seminar)
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April 26th
Szarek Lecture
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August 2019

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