Fall 2018

Friday, August 31

Dr. Matthew Kieber-Emmons from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah will present a seminar titled “Mechanistic Insight into Water Oxidation with Copper.” Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Mike Mock is the host.

Friday, Sept 7

Dr. Sean Roberts  from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas -Austin will be here.  Professors Walker and Grumstrup are the hosts. 

Monday,  Sept 10

Ms. Amanda Byer will defend her Ph.D in Biochemistry beginning with a presentation titled "Radical Chemistry - Mechanism and Function in the Radical SAM Superfamily."  Amanda's advisor is Prof. Joan Broderick. 1 pm in the Byker Auditorium.

Friday, Sept 21 

Dr. Gerhard Koenig, Research Associate, Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine, Rutgers University will present “Quantitative predictions of chemical equilibria based on computer simulations”. Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Roland Hatzenpichler host.

Friday, Sept 28 - 

Dr. Francisco Asturias, from the School of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado will present "Cryo-EM Studies of Transcriptional Regulation by Mediator." Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Martin Lawrence host.

Friday, Oct 5- open

Friday, Oct 12

Dr. Tom Autrey, Staff Scientist at PNNL will present "Using calorimetry to understand heterogeneous and homogeneous reactions." Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.  Prof. Nicholas Stadie is the host.

Abstract: Calorimetry is generally recognized as an experimental technique to obtain thermodynamic data for chemical reactions, however, time dependent measurements of the heat flow can provide additional insight into kinetics of chemical transformation.  Our research has ranged from measuring the kinetics and thermodynamics of reactions of reactive intermediates on a microsecond time scale to reactions that occur over days.  I look forward to sharing how we use time-resolved reaction calorimetry to gain insight into both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalytic transformations on compounds and materials that show promise for energy storage applications.

Friday, Oct 19

Dr. Samuel Gellman from the Dept. of Chemistry at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison will present be "Functional Foldamers." Prof. Mary Cloninger is the host. Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. This seminar is sponsored by the Grieco Distinguished Lectureship Series. 

Monday, Oct 22

Ph.D. Defense from Greg Prussia.  The title of his seminar is "Delineating the determinants of carboxylation in 2-ketopropyl coenzyme M oxidoreductase/carboxylase: A unique CO2-fixing flavoenzyme." 9 am Byker.  Greg is advised by Prof. John Peters.

Friday, Oct 26

Dr. John Kozarich.  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Joan Broderick is the host. 

Interview with Jon Kozarich

Friday, Nov 2

Kevin Hammonds, Assistant Professor in Civil Engeineering at MSU will present "From Avalanches to Ice Sheets: The Material Properties of Snow & Ice."  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.


When studied from a materials science perspective, large-scale and naturally-occurring phenomena, such as how an ice sheet viscously deforms or how an avalanche releases, can be understood through laboratory-scale investigations of the thermal and mechanical history of the snow and/or ice and its microstructure.  To derive these microstructural properties, many advanced materials characterization techniques can be employed, including the use of cross-polarized optical microscopy, micro-CT, scanning electron microscopy (including EBSD & EDS), and Raman spectroscopy.  With the application of these techniques combined with relatively small-scale laboratory experiments, many of the peculiar properties of ice and snow can begin to be unraveled.  Presented in this seminar, is an overview of the materials characterization techniques that are currently being applied to snow and ice at MSU, as well as the results from several previous and ongoing laboratory experiments that will further illustrate its many fascinating complexities.  These experiments will include results related to the crystallographic structure of ice, the effects of soluble impurities in ice, and the thermophysical properties of ice/snow interfaces…all of which are critical components for better understanding ice sheets and avalanches in our natural world.

Monday, Nov 5 

Ms. Melodie Machovina will defend her Ph.D in Biochemistry beginning with a presentation titled "Enzymatic strategies for harnessing and controlling the oxidative power of O2." Melodie's research advisor is Prof. Jen DuBois,  ABB 138 at 3 pm.

Friday, Nov 9

Dr. Robert Smith from University of Montana, Dept. of Computing.  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Brian Bothner host. 

Friday, Nov 16

Prof. Cecily Ryan (MSU M&IE) will present a seminar titled “Tailoring the mechanical and electrical properties of biopolymer blends via the incorporation of carbon nanofillers.”


Biobased fillers, such as bio-derived cellulose, lignin byproducts, and biochar, can be used to modify the thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties of polymer composites. We are interested in using char from lignin and agricultural byproducts to enhance the thermal and electrical conductivities in biopolymer composites. Biochar processed from these feedstocks can potentially serve as a bioderived graphitic carbon alternative for certain composite applications. In this work, we investigate a blended biopolymer system, polyhydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV) with polylactide (PLA), to control the partitioning of electrically conductive nanofiller, carbon black (CB) and biochar. CB, a commonly used petroleum-derived functional nanofiller, serves as a comparison for our work on the incorporation of biochar into composites.  Kraft lignin is the feedstock for the biochar. Particulate affinity for the polymer phases affects nanofiller dispersion. I will present surface energy calculations and experimental results for phase-separation and nanofiller phase affinity in this system and how that modifies the percolation behavior in a phase-separated system. I will also show our initial results for electrical conductivity and mechanical behavior of the mixed-phase nanofilled composites.

Monday, Nov 19 

Ms. Danica Walsh (Livinghouse lab) will present her 4th year graduate student research seminar in the Byker Auditorium at 11 am.  The title of her presentation is "Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Prodrugs to Control Biofilms."

Friday, Nov 30 

Dr. Ohyun Kwon from UCLA.  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Sharon Neufeldt host.

Wedneday, Dec 5

PhD Defense Elizabeth Corbin at 2 pm in the Byker.

Friday, Dec 7 

Sergey Pronin (UC Irvine).  Prof. Tom Livinghouse host.

Spring 2019

Friday, Jan 11 

Prof. Jeremy Johnson (BYU) Prof. Erik Grumstrup host 

Friday, Jan 18

Dr. David Zigler from the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.  Erik Grumstrup host.

Thursday, Jan 24

Dr. Keith Hollis from the Dept. of Chemistry at Mississippi State University will present "Designing, Developing and Applying Molecules to Solve Tomorrow’s Problems: CCC-NHC Pincer Complexes: Early and Late Transition Metal Complexes – Synthesis & Applications."   Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm

Abstract: The Hollis Group designs and develops next-generation organometallic ligands and complexes (CCC-NHC pincers) for many applications, which often requires the development of new synthetic methodologies. Access to new molecules and materials is required to solve many of the technological challenges facing society, such as improving energy-efficiency, direct conversion of solar energy to useful forms, and more cost-effective access to medicines. These goals are reached by developing efficient, scalable syntheses of molecules with interesting properties.

Friday, Jan 25 -

Dr. David Lee, Washington State University.  Prof. Tim Minton host. 

Friday, Feb 1-

Prof. Anje Kunze

Friday, Feb 8

Prof. Scott Warren (UNC Chapel Hill).  Prof. Nicholas Stadie host.

Friday, Feb 15

Dr. Bryan Eichhorn from the University of Maryland, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Prof. Rob Walker host

Friday, March 1

Dr. Mitch Smith (Michigan State). Prof. Joan Broderick host.

Friday, March 8

Dr. Alex Guo (Carnegie Mellon University). Prof. Jen DuBois host.

Friday, March 15 

Dr. Orion Berryman (UM)  Prof. Mary Cloninger host. 

Friday, March 29

Dr. Elliot Hulley (University of Wyoming) Prof. Michael Mock host

Friday, April 5 

Prof. Timothy Warren (Georgetown University).  Prof. Michael Mock host

Friday, April 12

Dr. John Tunge (Kansas). Prof. Matt Cook host

Friday, April 19- University Holiday

Friday, April 26

Dr. Joan Valentine (UCLA).  Graduate students host. 

Friday, May 3

Dr. Joe Topczewski (University of Minnesota). Prof. Matt Cook host.