Fall 2019 

Friday, August 30 

Prof. Erik Grumstrup  (Dept. of Chemistry and Materials Science MSU) will kick off our fall seminar series with a presentation titled "Dynamics at the mesoscale: time resolved microscopy of chemical systems from 10^-3 to 10^5 daltons."  3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium.

Tuesday, September 3

Ms. Ece Topuzlu will defend her Ph.D. in Biochemistry beginning with a seminar titled "Biochemical and Biophysical Characterization of Plastic Degrading Aromatic Polyesterases."  Ece works in the laboraotry of Prof. Valérie Copié.3 pm in the Byker Auditorium.

Friday, September 6 -

Ms. Emerald Ellis will present her fourth year graduate student seminar titled "Controlling Oxygen's Potential for Fun and Profit." Emerald is Ph.D student in Jen DuBois' Lab.  3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium

Friday, September 13

Prof. Dong Wang (U of Montana) will present "High-valent Co2(μ-O)2 Diamond Core Complexes: New Bio-inspired Strategies for Aliphatic C-H Bond Activation."  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm  Prof. Sharon Neufeldt host.

Friday September 20 - open

Friday, September 27 - 

MUS Materials Science Symposium

Friday, October 4 - 

Dr. David Tyler (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon) will present "Homing Pigeons, Degradable Plastics, and Solvent Effects; How Caged Radical Pairs Impact Everyday Chemistry."  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.  Prof. Mike Mock host.


How do homing pigeons navigate?  How do we design plastics so they degrade after they are used?  Why are solar energy conversion systems with donor and acceptor complexes so inefficient?  Why do bonds break more readily if they are under mechanical stress?  It turns out that radical cage effects are important in understanding the answers to these and numerous other practical questions involving chemical reactivity.  In this seminar, I will introduce the concept of caged radical pairs, and then I will show why caged radical pairs are key intermediates in the systems mentioned above and in radical reactions, in general. 

Friday, October 11 

Mr. Jesse Peach will present "Making Sense of Complex Biological Fluids Using Mass Spectrometry" as part of his 4th year graduate student PhD requirement in Biochemistry. Jesse works in the lab of Prof. Brian Bothner.

Thursday, October 17

Dr. Alan Weaver (U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, TX will present "Insights into Burn Wound Infection & the Post-Doctoral Experience in the U.S. Army Research Sector" in the Byker Auditorium at 3:00 pm. Alan graduate from our Department with a Ph.D in Biochemistry.  Prof. Valerie Copie will host. 

Friday, October 18

Ms. Amanda Fuchs will defend her PhD in Biochemistry beginning with a seminar titled "Quantitative 1H NMR Analyses of Immunometabolic Modulation in Human Macrophages.” Amanda works in the lab of Prof. Valérie Copié.  3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium.

Friday, October 25 

Dr. May Nyman from Oregon State University will present "Building Materials from Molecular Clusters" in the Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.  Prof. Nick Stadie will host.


Metal-oxo clusters are modular building blocks for materials via hydrolysis reactions and coordination chemistry. Landmark discoveries in cluster-based materials include zeolites and MOFs. Understanding and controlling solution phase reaction pathways from monomers to clusters to materials (and vice versa) will lead to new discoveries from across the periodic table, and most aspirational, the next new class of cluster-based materials.

I will present an overview of our studies of metal-oxo clusters and their importance in functional materials and understanding reaction pathways, beginning with an introduction to small-angle X-ray scattering as a primary tool in studying cluster systems. Time permitting, presented cluster systems will include; 1) The iron Keggin ion and its relevance to natural systems; 2) Diversifying Zr/Hf oxocluster chemistry with peroxide (and use in microelectronics); 3) Behavior of Nb-POMs around neutral pH; and 4) heterometallic U(IV) clusters and materials.

Friday, November 1 

Nick Borys (MSU, Physics) Erik Grumstrup host

Tuesday, November 5

PhD Defense in Chemistry, Grace Purnell, (Rob Walker) 3 pm

Wednesday, November 6

PhD Defense in Biochemistry, Michelle Aries (Mary Cloninger) 2 pm Byker

Thursday, November 7

PhD Defense in Chemistry - Colin Miller (Mary Cloninger/Ed Schmidt) 1 pm

Thursday, November 7 

Prof. Takamitsu Kohzuma, Institute of Quantum Beam Science Institute, and the Frontier Research Center of Applied Atomic Sciences, Ibaraki University, Mito, Ibaraki will present

"The Strong Weak-Interaction in Protein"


Noncovalent weak interactions play important roles in biological systems [1]. In particular, such interactions in the second-coordination shell of metal ions in proteins modulate the structure and reactivity of the metal ion site in functionally significant ways.

Recently, we have demonstrated the perturbation of weak non-covalent interaction on the structure and properties of copper site in a blue copper protein, pseudoazurin (PAz) [2]. PAz is well known to work as an electron transfer protein to NO2- reductase and N2O reductase in denitrifying bacteria [3]. The weak interaction at Met16 with a copper coordinated histidine (His81) imidazole ring in the second coordination sphere provides significant effect not only for the PAz properties and local structure but also the whole protein stability [4].

In this lecture, I also would like to introduce the utilization of modern quantum beams involving Synchrotron X-ray, Neutron Beam, and Muon in bioinorganic chemistry.


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2 pm in ABB 138.  Prof. Robert Szilagyi host.  

Friday, November 8 

Aaron Wright (Pacific Northwest National Lab)  Roland Hatzenpichler

Tuesday, November 12 

Graduate Student Seminar Sarah Hopfner (Mary Cloninger) 3 pm

Friday, November 15  - Open

Friday, November 22 

Sean Brady (Rockefeller University)  Roland Hatzenpichler

Friday, Dec 6 - Faculty Candidate



Friday, March 16 - Spring Break

Friday, March 27 - NCUR at MSU 

Friday, April 3 - Betul Kacar (University of Arizona) Roland Hatzenpichler

Friday, April 10 - University Holiday

Friday, April 17- Viola Birss (University of Calgary)  Rob Walker

Friday, April 24- Jessica Hoover (Sharon Neufeldt)