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Seminar Series - Academic Years from 2006

The Chemistry Department at Boston College presents dozens of speakers each year from leading universities, industrial corporations, and the private sector. We would like to express our appreciation to the following companies for their generous support of our seminar series: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Novartis Corporation, Schering-Plough, Sigma- Aldrich, and Abbott Laboratories.

Seminar Series 2006-2007
Seminar Series 2007-2008
Seminar Series 2008-2009
Seminar Series 2009-2010
Seminar Series 2010-2011
Seminar Series 2011-2012
Seminar Series 2012-2013




FALL 2006

September 7, 2006
Professor Jianshu Cao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Statistical Analysis of Single Molecule Measurements"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 14, 2006
Dr. Christopher B. Murray, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
"Preparation and Properties of Multicomponent Nanocrystal Superlattices: Building with Artificial Atoms"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 19, 2006
Professor Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 21, 2006
Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 26, 27, & 28, 2006
Professor Nicola L. Pohl, Iowa State University
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 3, 2006
Professor Hisashi Yamamoto, University of Chicago
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
2006/2007 Novartis Lecturer

October 6, 2006
Professor Tianquam Tim Lian, O'Malley Visiting Scholar
Emory University
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 17, 2006
Professor Jinquan Yu, Brandeis University
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 20, 2006
Professor Motomu Kanai
, University of Tokyo, Japan
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 25, 2006
Professor Bernhard Breit
, Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 26, 2006
Professor Albena Ivanisevic
, Purdue University
"Fabrication and Characterization of Biological and Chemical Architectures"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 31, 2006
Professor Melanie S. Sanford
, University of Michigan
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 2, 2006
Professor Steven Baldelli
, University of Houston
"Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy and Imaging of Surfaces"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 7, 2006
Professor F. Dean Toste
, Chevron Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 9, 2006
Professor Torsten Fiebig
, Boston College
"DNA Photonics - Probing the Electronic Properties of DNA"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 14, 2006
Professor David E. Cane
, Brown University
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 16, 2006
Dr. William Chameides
, Environmental Defense Fund
"Why an Academic Left the Hallowed Halls to Advocate for Action on Global Warming"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 21, 2006
Dr. Albert Stolow
, National Research Council Canada
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 28, 2006
Professor Benjamin T. King
, University of Nevada, Reno
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 6, 2006
Professor Steven Bruner
, Boston College
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 7, 2006
Professor Christopher J. Bardeen
, University of California
"Energy Transport in Amorphous and Crystalline Organic Materials"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 12, 2006
Professor Jeffrey S. Johnson
, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


SPRING 2007  

January 23, 2007
Professor Anne Gershenson
, Brandeis University
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 30, 2007
Professor Gregory Petsko
, Brandeis University
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 6, 2007
Professor Timothy M. Swager
, John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 13, 2007
Professor Michael D. Burkart
, University of California - San Diego
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 20, 2007
Professor John Montgomery
, University of Michigan
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
2006/2007 Bristol-Myers Squib Lecturer

February 27, 2007
Professor Brian M. Stoltz
, California Institute of Technology
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 5, 2007
Professor Barry M. Trost
, Stanford University
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 13, 2007
Professor Janis Louis
, University of Utah
"The Versatility of Nickel Cycloaddition Catalysts"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 15, 2007
Professor Jim Maher
, Mayo Clinic College Of Medicine
"DNA Flexibility Enhancement in vivo"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 21, 22, & 23, 2007
University Lecturer
Professor Richard R. Schrock
, Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry
Nobel Laureate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"The Discovery and Development of High Oxidation State Catalysts for the Metathesis of Alkenes and Alkynes"
March 21, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Merkert 127

"Applications of High Oxidation State Metathesis Catalysts in Organic and Polymer Chemistry" March 22, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Merkert 127

"Catalytic Reduction of Dinitrogen to Ammonia with Protons and Electrons"
March 23, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Merkert 127

View the Poster for Dr. Schrock's University Lecture Series

March 27, 2007
Professor Joseph P. Noel
, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
"Traversing Evolutionary Pathways in Three Dimensions: Divergent Substrate and Product Specificities in Specialized Metabolism"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 2, 2007
Professor Alan S. Goldman
, Rutgers University
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
Abbott Lecturer

April 3, 2007
Professor Antonio M. Echavarren
, Institut Català d’Investigació Químa, Spain
"The Mechanistic Puzzle of Gold-Catalyzed Cyclizations of Enynes and Beyond"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 10, 2007
Professor Chuan He
, University of Chicago
"Regulation of Virulence, Antibiotic Resistance and Metal Ions in Bacteria"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 17, 2007
Professor Samuel Danishefsky
, Columbia University
Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecturer
"Natural Products and Total Synthesis in the Drug Discovery Process"
with Dr. Carl P. Decicco
Bristol-Myers Squibb
"Innovation in Drug Discovery"
Bristol-Myers Squibb sponsored Symposium
Organic Chemistry Seminar
3:30 PM, Merkert 127

April 19, 2007
Professor Claudio Margulis
, University of Iowa
"Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Spectroscopy of Novel Room-Temperature Ionic-Liquids"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 24, 2007
Professor Anna K. Mapp
, University of Michigan
"Small Molecule Control of Gene Activation"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 26, 2007
Professor Norman Tolk
, Vanderbilt University
"Ultra-fast Laser Induced Vibrational Dynamics at Surfaces Leading to Bond Scission and Traveling Phonon Wave Induced Oscillations"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 1, 2007
Professor Phil S. Baran
, The Scripps Research Institute
"The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 2, 2007
Professor Janine Cossy
, Ecole Supérieure de physique et chimie Indistrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI)
"Chemoselective reactions. Towards the Synthesis of Biologically Active Natural Products"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 8, 2007
Professor Victor Batista
, Yale University
"Modeling Photo-induced Reaction Dynamics and Coherent Control: from Small Molecules to Sensitized Semiconductors."
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 130

SUMMER 2007

June 13, 2007
Professor Toshikazu Hirao
, Osaka University, Japan
"Sumanene: A New π-Conjugated Bowl"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

July 12, 2007
Professor Tetsuro Majima
, Osaka University
"Charge Transfer Through DNA Nanoscaled Assembly Programmable With DNA Building Blocks"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 130

July 20, 2007
Professor Alexandre Alexakis
, University of Geneva
"Chiral Diamines as Ligands and Organocatalysts"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

August 27, 2007
Professor Shinichi Saito
, Tokyo University of Science
"New Cycloaddition Reactions of Electron-Deficient Methylenecyclopropanes: Efficient Synthesis of Medium-Sized Rings"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 127



FALL 2007

September 18, 2007 CANCELLED
Professor Clark Landis
, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Enantioselective Catalysis with 3,4-Diazaphospholanes"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 28, 2007
Dr. John Kozarich
, ActivX Biosciences, Inc.
"Mechanistic Adventures in Nucleotide Binding Space"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
2:00 PM, Merkert 127

October 4, 2007
Professor Dongping Zhong
, Ohio State University
"Ultrafast Dynamics of Protein Surface Hydration"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 10, 2007
Professor Paul Barbara
, University of Texas
O'Malley Lecturer
"Single Molecule Spectroscopic Studies of Organic Photovoltaic Materials and Devices"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 11, 2007
Professor Paul Barbara
, University of Texas
O'Malley Lecturer
"Single Molecule Kinetic Studies on Protein/Nucleic Acid Interactions in HIV-1 Reverse Transcription In Vitro"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
1:00 PM, Carney 206

October 11, 2007
Professor Moonsub Shim
, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Charging Carbon Nanotubes: Electrons, Phonons, and Chemical Reactivity"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 23, 2007
Professor Dhandapani Venkataraman
, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Triarylamines with a Twist"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 25, 2007
Professor Isamu Shiina
, Tokyo University of Science
Title: TBD
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 30, 2007
Professor Maurice Brookhart
, University of North Carolina
"Catalytic Transformations Employing C-H and Si-H Bond Activation Reactions"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 6, 2007
Professor Feng Gai
, University of Pennsylvania
"Fast Folding Events in Solution and in Membranes"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 13, 2007
Professor Catherine Drennan
, MIT
"Structural Insights into Enzymatic Halogenation of Natural Products"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 15, 2007
Professor Song Jin
, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"How to Make a Christmas Tree: General Chemical Synthesis of Silicide Nanowires and Complex Nanowire Structures"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 27, 2007
Professor Ronald Raines
, University of Wisconsin
"Stereoelectronic Effects on Protein Structure: Lessons from Collagen"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 6, 2007
Professor Nick Melosh
, Stanford University
"Bio-Electronic Interfaces and Plasmonic Integration with Molecular Electronics"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


SPRING 2008

January 8, 2008
Professor David Y. Gin
, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
"Synthesis of Carbohydrate Immunostimulants and Bioactive Alkaloids"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 10, 2008
Professor M. Shane Hutson
, Vanderbilt University
"Wavelength-Dependent Structural Failure of Collagen During Mid-IR Laser Surgery"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 15, 2008
Professor Ross A. Widenhoefer
, Duke University
"Gold and Platinum-Catalyzed Hydrofunctionalization of C=C Bonds"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 5, 2008
Professor Joel Schneider
, University of Delaware
"De Novo Design of Peptide Materials"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 7, 2008
Professor Jin Z. Zhang
, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Novel Optical and Dynamic Properties and Emerging Applications of Nanomaterials"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 21, 2008
Professor J. Daniel Gezelter
, University of Notre Dame
"Rippled Membranes and Imaginary Ice: Surprise From Molecular Dynamics"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 26, 2008
Professor Jeffrey W. Bode
, University of Pennsylvania
"Organic Redox Reactions for Enantioselective Annulations and Chemoselective Ligations"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 11, 2008
Professor Yoshihisa Kobayashi
, University of California, San Diego
"Heterocycles in Natural Product Synthesis"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 17, 2008
Professor Robin Kinnel, Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry
, Hamilton College
"Adventures and Lessons from Three Decades of Natural Products -- Some Finished and Unfinished Business"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 18, 2008
Dr. Jewgeni Starikow
, Institute for Nanotechnology
"DNA Interaction with Incident Electrons and UV Photons: The Role of Charge Transfer Electrons"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 25, 2008
Professor Chaitan Kosla
, Stanford University
"New Insights into Macrolide Biosynthesis"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 27, 2008
Professor Martin Gruebele
, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Vibrational Energy Flow and Mode Selectivity: What Happens as Molecules Get Larger"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
12:00 PM, Cushing 210

April 1, 2008
Professor J. Fraser Stoddart
, Northwestern University
"Chemistry and Molecular Nanotechnology for Tomorrow's World"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 5, 2008
Organic Symposium

Professor James Morken
, Boston College
"Transition-Metal Catalyzed Enantioselective Diboration: An Enabling Tool for Organic Synthesis"
Merkert 127

Professor Justin DuBois, Stanford University
"Drawing Inspiration for Reaction Design from Nature's Products"
Merkert 127

Professor Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University
"A Search for Selective Yet General Catalysts"
Merkert 127
Graduate Student, TBD

April 8, 2008
Professor Christina White
, University of Illinois
Title: TBD
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 15, 16, & 17, 2008
University Lecturer
Professor Peter G. Wolynes, Francis H. Crick Chair in Physical Science
Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics
University of California, San Diego

Three Lectures on Energy Landscapes:

April 15, 2008
“Landscapes of the Sciences”
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Merkert 127

April 16, 2008
“Energy Landscapes and the Solved Protein Folding Problems”
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Merkert 127

April 17, 2008
“Beyond Protein Folding”
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Merkert 127

Sponsored by: Sigma-Aldrich

April 22, 2008
Professor Blake Peterson
, Pennsylvania State University
"Synthetic Mimics of Mammalian Cell Surface Receptors"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 24, 2008
Professor Paul Corkum
, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
"Laser Induced Molecular Imaging"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 29, 2008
Professor Scott Silverman
, University of Illinois
CANCELLED
New Seminar date is May 6, 2008.

May 1, 2008
Professor George Shields
, Hamilton College
"Computational Design of a Small Peptide that Inhibits Breast Cancer"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 6, 2008
Professor Scott Silverman
, University of Illinois
"DNA as a Catalyst for Bioorganic Chemistry"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 8, 2008
Professor John Brauman
, Stanford University
"Hydrogen Bonding: Acidity, Basicity, and Effects on Reactivity"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 13, 2008
Professor John L. Wood
, Colorado State University
SEMINAR CANCELLED



FALL 2008

August 22, 2008
Professor Art Cho
, Korea University
“Quantum Mechanics in Protein Docking”
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

August 25, 2008
Professor Karin Hauser
, Institute of Biophysics, University of Frankfurt, Germany
“Protein Folding and Dynamics studied by Infrared Spectroscopy”
Physical Chemistry Seminar
2:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 2, 2008
Professor Tohru Yamada
, Keio University, Japan
“Enantioselective Borohydride Reduction Catalyzed by Optically Active Cobalt(II) Complexes”
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 4, 2008
Professor Joseph Harrity
, University of Sheffield, UK
“Development of New Regio- and Stereoselective Heterocycle Syntheses through Cycloaddition Reactions”
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 9, 2008
Professor Tatyana Polenova

“Magic Angle Spinning NMR Specrtoscopy of Microtubule - Associated Proteins, Thioredoxin Reassemblies and Vanadium Haloperoxidases”
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 16, 2008
Professor Xi Chen

Title: TBD
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 19, 2008
Professor Julia Chan
, Louisiana State University
“Crystal growth and Physical Properties of Intermetallics: Challenges and Opportunities”
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 23, 2008
Professor Herbert Mayr
, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
"Reactivity Scales for Designing Organic Syntheses"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 30, 2008
Professor Tadhg Begley

"Thiamin Biosynthesis - Still Yielding Fascinating Biological Chemistry"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 7, 2008
Professor Mary K. Pflum
, Wayne State University
"Kinase Cosubtrate Promiscuity"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 9, 2008
Professor F. D. Lewis
, Northwestern University
"Base-Sequence Control of DNA Photochemistry"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 16, 2008
Professor Masahiro Terada
, Tohoku University, Japan
"Enantioselective Catalysis by Chiral Bronsted Acid/Base through Hydrogen Bonding as Strategic Interaction"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 21, 2008
An Organic Symposium Sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Dr. Rodney Parsons,
Bristol-Myers Squibb
"Case Studies in Process Research and Development"
3:30 PM, Merkert 127

4:30 PM, Refreshments in the Merkert Lobby

Professor Larry Overman, University of California, Irvine
"Recent Studies in Alkaloid Total Synthesis"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
5:00 PM, Merkert 127

October 22, 2008
Professor Q. Jason Cheng
, University of California, Riverside
"Supported Lipid Membrane Interfaces for Biosensing with Surface Plasmon Resonance"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 28, 2008
Professor John Koh
, University of Delaware
"Chemical Rescue of Nuclear Receptor Mutations"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 29, 2008
Professor Milan Vasak
, University of Zurich
"Zinc and copper in the brain: Unraveling the role of metallothionein-3"
Chemical Biology & Inorganic Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 30, 2008
Professor Emmanuel Lacote
, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Title: TBD
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 4, 2008
Professor John Porco
, Boston University
"Synthetic Methods Inspired by Complex Natural Products"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 6, 2008
Professor Peter Lu
, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
"Probing Single-Molecule Protein Conformational Dynamics"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 11, 2008
Professor Catherine Drennan
, MIT
Title: TBD
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 18, 2008
Professor
Mei Hong, Iowa State University
"Structure and dynamics of antimicrobial and viral membrane proteins from solid-state NMR"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 8, 2008
Professor Naohiko Yoshikai
, University of Tokyo, Japan
"Activation of Unreactive Carbon-Halogen and Carbon-Hydrogen Bonds by Transition Metal Catalysis of Nucleophilic Organometallics"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 9, 2008
Professor Melanie S. Sanford
, University of Michigan
"Pd(II/IV)-Catalyzed Reactions in Organic Synthesis"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


SPRING 2009

January 22, 2009
Professor Hee Cheul Choi
, Pohang University of Science & Technology, South Korea
"Structure confinement of carbon-based nanomaterials in vapor phase for their applications in nanoelectronic/photonic systems"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 23, 2009
Professor
Sam Gellman, University of Wisconsin
"Structure and Function in Peptidic Foldamers"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 27, 2009
Professor
Mary Beth Williams, Pennsylvania State University
CANCELLED

February 10, 2009
Professor
Krishna Kumar, Tufts University
"Bioorthogonal Noncovalent Chemistry"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 6, 2009
Professor Dan Yang
, University of Hong Kong
"Using Synthetic Organic Chemistry to Probe Biological Mechanisms"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 12, 2009
Professor Jin Montclare
, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
"Bioinspired Macromolecules: Protein Catalysts to Materials"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 19 & 20, 2009
O'Malley Visiting Scholar
Professor Moungi Bawendi, MIT

March 19, 2009
"Science and Technology of Semiconductor Nanocrystals"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 20, 2009
"Semiconductor Nanocrystal Quantum Dots: It's all about the excitons"
3:00 PM, Merkert 130


April 7, 2009
Professor Jovica Badjic
, Ohio State University
"Gated Molecular Baskets"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 14, 2009
Professor Tehshik Yoon
, University of Wisconsin
"Oxidative Functionalization Reactions of Oxaziridines"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 15, 16, & 17, 2009
University Lecturer
Dr. Jay D. Keasling, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
University of California, Berkeley
Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering
Director, Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center
CEO, Joint BioEnergy Institute

April 15, 2009
“Engineering microbial metabolism for production of anti-malarial drugs”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 16, 2009
“From Bugs to Biofuels”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 17, 2009
“Synthetic Biology: a new discipline in biological engineering”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

View the Poster for Dr. Keasling's University Lecture Series

April 23, 2009
Professor Scott Denmark
, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Novartis Lecturer
CANCELLED

April 27, 2009
Professor Eric Wei-Guang Diau
, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
CANCELLED

April 28, 2009
Professor Uwe Bunz
, Georgia Institute of Technology
"From Large Heteroacenes to Cruciform Fluorophores"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

June 25, 2009
Professor Peter Schreiner
, University of Giessen, Germany
"Diamondoids as Novel Materials for Organic Electronics and Catalysis"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
3:00 - 6:00 PM, Merkert 130



FALL 2009


September 15, 2009
Professor Marcy Waters, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
"A molecular view of biomolecular recognition"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 16, 2009
Professor Scott E. Denmark, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign
"Lewis Base Activation of Lewis Acids: On Beyond Silicon"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 25, 2009
Professor Ali Javey, University of California, Berkeley
"Nanoscale Semiconductor Materials: Challenges & Opportunities"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
3:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 29, 2009
Professor Li Deng, Brandeis University
"Asymmetric Reactions with Bifunctional Organic Catalysts"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 1, 2009
Professor Craig Grimes, Pennsylvania State University
"Self-Assembled 1-D TiO2 Nanotube/wire Arrays for Efficient Conversion of Solar Energy to Electricity or Fuels"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 6, 2009
Professor Jason Harper, University of New South Wales, Australia
"Towards an Understanding of Organic Processes in Ionic Liquids"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 8, 2009
Professor Andrew Phillips, University of Colorado
"Complex Molecule Synthesis: Opportunities in Chemistry and Biology"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 19, 20, & 21, 2009
University Lecturer
Dr. Jean M.J. Fréchet, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Rapoport Chair of Organic Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
Scientific Director of the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

October 19, 2009
“Functional Macromolecules: from Superhydrophobic Surfaces to Catalytic Nanoreactors”
4:00 - 5:30 PM, Merkert 127

October 20, 2009
“Designing Macromolecules for Chemo- and Immuno-Therapy”
4:00 - 5:30 PM, Merkert 127

October 21, 2009
“Polymers in Organic Electronics”
3:00 - 4:30 PM, Merkert 127

View the Poster for Dr. Fréchet's University Lecture Series

November 3, 2009
Professor Lukas Tamm, University of Virginia
"Structure, Folding, and Gating of Outer Membrane Proteins by MR and Thermodynamic Approaches"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 5, 2009
Professor Irene Chen, Harvard Medical School
"Information in the Prebiotic World"
Physical Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 17, 2009
Professor Milton R. Smith, III, Michigan State University
"Metal Catalyzed C-H Borylation: How Mechanistic Insights Made the Impractical Practical"
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 19, 2009
Professor Lila Gierasch, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Towards an energy landscape for protein folding in the cell"
Chemical Biology Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 8, 2009
Professor Chris Vanderwal, University of California, Irvine
“Synthesis and Study of the Chlorosulfolipids and Complex Molecule Synthesis Inspired by the Zincke Ring-Openings of Pyridines”
Organic Chemistry Seminar
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


SPRING 2010

January 11, 2010
Visiting O'Malley Scholar Professor William DeGrado, University of Pennsylvania
"Design and Mechanism of Action of Antimicrobial Foldamers and Small Molecules"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 12, 2010
Visiting O'Malley Scholar Professor William DeGrado, University of Pennsylvania
"Analysis and Design of Membrane Proteins"
2:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 18, 2010
Professor Tomislav Rovis, Colorado State University
"Ring-Forming Strategies in Asymmetric Catalysis"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 26, 2010
Professor Ramesh Jasti, Boston University
"Bridging Organic Synthesis and Nanoscience"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 1, 2010
Professor Jay S. Siegel, University of Zurich
"Polar-pi effects and the development of silicon-based Lewis acids"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 2, 2010
Professor Phil Dawson, Scripps Research Institute
"Synthetic Protein Engineering"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 9, 2010
Professor Daniel Raleigh, SUNY-Stony Brook
CANCELLED
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 16, 2010
Professor Karl A. Scheidt, Northwestern University
"New Discoveries with Carbene Catalysis"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 23, 2010
Professor Brad Smith, Notre Dame University
"Supramolecular probes for optical bioimaging"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 8, 2010
Professor Jonathan Ellman, University of California, Berkeley
"Development and Application of New Metal-Catalyzed Carbon-Carbon Bond Forming Reactions"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 9, 2010
Professor Michael Best, University of Tennessee
"Chemical Approaches to the Investigation of Protein-Membrane Binding Interactions using Synthetic Lipid Probes"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 15, 2010
Professor Jing Kong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 25, 2010
Professor Guozhong Cao, University of Washington
"Engineering Nanomaterials and Interfaces for Energy Conversion and Storage"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 30, 2010
Professor Martin Burke, University of Illinois
"The Prospect of Molecular Prosthetics: Small Molecules with Protein-Like Functions"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 6, 2010
Professor Francois Diederich, ETH Zurich
"Molecular Recognition Studies with Biological Receptors"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 13, 2010
Professor Neil Marsh, University of Michigan
"From frying pans to frogs: adventures with fluorinated proteins and peptides"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 15, 2010
Professor Bruce Parkinson, University of Wyoming
"Sensitization of TiO2 crystals to visble light using molecular dyes and quantum dot sensitizers"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


BMS Lecture Series
April 16 & 17, 2010

April 16
Bristol-Myers Squibb Sponsored Lecturer
Professor Dr. Alois Fürstner
, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
"Tinkering with Nature's Macrolides"
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 17
Dr. Martin Eastgate, Bristol-Myers Squibb
"Mechanistic Insight and Ligand Design in the 1,4-Oxidation of 1,3- Dienes"
10:00 AM, Merkert 127

Professor Dr. Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
"A Cheap Metal for a Noble Task: Progress in Iron Catalysis"
11:15 AM, Merkert 127


April 22, 2010
Professor Varinder Aggarwal, University of Bristol
"Boron, the ultimate orchestrator of chemoselective transformations"
3:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 27, 2010
Professor Sir Harold Kroto, Florida State University
"Architecture in NanoSpace"
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 29, 2010
Professor Teri Odom, Northwestern University
"Pyramidal Shells: A Platform for Designing Multifunctional Plasmonic Particles"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130



FALL 2010

September 14, 2010
Professor Jin-Quan Yu, Scripps Research Institute
"Accelerated C-H Activation Reactions: Enantioselectivity and Positional Selectivity"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 23, 2010
Professor Tom Mallouk, Pennsylvania State University
"A Nanoscience Approach to Photocatalysis and Solar Cells"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 24, 2010
Professor Tom Mallouk, Pennsylvania State University
"Exploring Mesoscopic Phenomena using Template-Grown Metal Nanowires"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 12, 2010
Professor Jonathan Ellman, Yale University
"Development and Applications of New and Practically Useful Carbon-Carbon Bond Forming Reactions"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 19, 2010
Professor Scott Schaus, Boston University
"Asymmetric Boronate Reactions: Catalysis and Synthesis"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 26, 2010
John Nuss, Ph.D, Exelisis, Inc.
"Adventures in Kinase Inhibitor Discovery: Application of an Integrated HTS/Combinatorial Chemistry Approach to the Discovery of Novel Inhibitors for Oncology and Metabolic Disease Targets"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 9, 2010
Professor Samir Z. Zard, Ecole Polytechnique, France
"Fun with Radicals: Some New Perspectives for Organic Synthesis"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 18, 2010
Professor Feng Wang, Boston University
“Post Hartree-Fock Quality with Pair-Wise Potentials: the Design of Liquid Water Force Fields with Adaptive Force Matching”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 23, 2010
Professor Gregory Tew, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“Capturing Protein Activity in Simple, Synthetic Polymers and Oligomers”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130



SPRING 2011

February 8, 2011
Professor Vladimir Gevorgyan, University of Illinois, Chicago
"Development of Novel Transition Metal-Catalyzed Synthetic Methodologies"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 10, 2011
Professor Amy Prieto, Colorado State University
“Inexpensive, Efficient Approaches for Energy Production and Storage: Photovoltaic Devices and Li-Ion Batteries”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 15, 2011
Professor Leslie Poole, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
"Peroxiredoxin structure and function: conserved and divergent features across the protein family"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 22, 2011
Professor Alan Kennan, Colorado State University
"Specific self-assembly of viral fusion protein mimics"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 24, 2011
Professor Greg Rohrer, Carnegie Mellon University
"Developing titania/ferroelectric heterostructures for solar photolysis"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 1, 2011
Professor Matthew Bogyo, Stanford School of Medicine
"Small Molecule screening in human parasite pathogens identifies novel players in the process of host cell invasion"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 3, 2011
Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Tufts University
“Atomically dispersed gold on oxide supports: a new catalyst for H2 production”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 17, 2011
Professor William Buhro, Washington University
“Optical Properties of Semiconductor Quantum Wires and Quantum Belts”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


March 21, 22, & 23, 2011
University Lecturer
Professor Robert G. Bergman
, University of California, Berkeley

March 21, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Merkert 127
“The Application of Physical Organic Methods to the Investigation of Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms”

March 22, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Merkert 127
”Selective Stoichiometric and Catalytic Reactions in Water-Soluble Host-Guest Supramolecular Systems”

March 23, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m., Merkert 127
“Toward Greener Routes to Hydrocarbons: Deoxygenation of Biomass-Related Polyols”

View the Poster for Professor Bergman's University Lecture Series


March 29, 2011
Professor Kevin P. Cusack, Abbott Laboratories, Worcester, Massachusetts
“Conformationally constrained phosphonate and prodrug agonists of S1P1 for Immunology”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 31, 2011
Professor Yiying Wu, Ohio State University
“Toward more efficient photocathode for dye-sensitized solar cells”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 5, 2011
Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University
“Synthetic Strategies for Targeting Protein-Protein Interactions”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 12, 2011
Professor J.D. Tovar, Johns Hopkins University
“Topological and Supramolecular Considerations for Organic (bio)Electronics”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 14, 2011
O'Malley Visiting Scholar
Professor Stephen White, University of California Irvine
“Folding Proteins into Cell Membranes”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 15, 2011
O'Malley Visiting Scholar
Professor Stephen White, University of California Irvine
“Exploring Membranes by Neutron Diffraction”
2:30 PM, Merkert 130

April 19, 2011
Professor Vy Dong, University of Toronto
“A few of my favorite rings: Asymmetric catalysis inspired by lactones and lactams”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 25, 2011
Professor Shih-Yuan Liu, University of Oregon
“Developing the Basic Science and Applications of Boron(B)-Nitrogen(N)-Containing Heterocycles”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 28, 2011
Professor Shirley Tang, University of Waterloo
“Interface Carbon Nanotube with Biological Systems: Applications and Environmental Impact”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 3, 2011
Professor Brian Miller, Florida State University
“Kinetic Cooperativity in a Monomeric Enzyme”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 10, 2011
Professor Elizabeth Jarvo, University of California, Irvine
“Mechanism-Based Design and Development of Palladium- and Nickel-Catalyzed Reactions”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 130


SUMMER 2011

June 17, & 18, 2011
2011 Boehringer-Ingelheim Lectures at Boston College

Professor Eiichi Nakamura
, University of Tokyo, Japan
June 17, 4:00 p.m., Merkert 127
“Iron Catalysis in Organic Synthesis”

Chris Senanayake, Ph.D., Vice President, Chemical Development
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
June 18, 9:30 a.m., Merkert 127
“Timely Chemical Process Research: A Critical Part of Efficient Drug Development”

Professor Eiichi Nakamura, University of Tokyo, Japan
June 18, 11:00 a.m., Merkert 127
“Organic Electronic Research Guided by New Reactions and New Molecules”


June 23, 2011
Professor Shigeru Yamago, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
“Development of New Materials Powered by Organic Synthesis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

July 22, 2011
Professor Takahiko Akiyama, Gakushuin University, Japan
“Recent Progress in the Phosphoric Acid Catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

August 2, 2011
Professor Naoya Kumagai, Institute of Microbial Chemistry, Tokyo
“Soft Lewis Acid/Hard Bronsted Base Cooperative Catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


FALL 2011

September 13, 2011
Professor Jimmy Wu, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
“Exploring the Chemistry of Sulphur”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 15, 2011
Professor Younan Xia, Washington University, Saint Louis
“Putting Chemistry to Work for Nano and Biomedical Research”
1:30 PM, Merkert 130


September 23, 2011
Novartis Symposium in Chemical Biology

Refreshments and Coffee

1:30 P.M., Merkert lobby

Professor Barbara Imperiali, MIT
“Asparagine-linked protein glycosylation: Pathways, processes and potential antivirulence targets”
2:00 P.M., Merkert 127

Dr. John Tallarico, Novartis
“Chemical Genetics at Novartis: A Pathway Forward for Early Drug Discovery”
3:00 P.M., Merkert 127

Professor Jeffery W. Kelly, Scripps
“Adapting Protein Homeostasis to Ameliorate Diseases using Chemical and Biological Approaches”
4:00 P.M., Merkert 127


September 27, 2011
Professor Bradley Nilsson, University of Rochester
“Peptide Self-Assembly: Pathological Amyloid to Engineered Biomaterials”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 5, 2011
Professor Patrick Wintrode, Case Western University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 11, 2011
Professor Corey Stephenson, Boston University
“Photoredox Catalysis: Enabling Chemical Synthesis with Visible Light”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 13, 2011
Professor Dunwei Wang, Boston College
“Synthesizing Materials at the Nanoscale for Advanced Energy Applications”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 18, 2011
Professor Kian Tan, Boston College
“A General Method for Controlling Regio- and Stereoselectivity”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 25, 2011
Dr. Doug Johnson, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
“Chemical Biology with Clickable Probes: Application to the Discovery of FAAH Inhibitors and g-Secretase Modulators”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 3, 2011
Professor Catherine Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Three Short Stories About Gold Nanorods”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 8, 2011
Professor Jerry Yang, University of California San Diego
“Recent Applications of Amyloid-Targeting Agents”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 11, 2011
Professor Tobias Ritter, Harvard University
“Late-Stage Fluorination”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 15, 2011
Professor Shannon Stahl, University of Wisconsin
“Overcoming the Oxidant Problem: Strategies to Use O2 as the Oxidant in Catalytic C–H Oxidation Reactions”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 29, 2011
Professor Regan J. Thomson, Northwestern University
“The Development and Application of Carbon–Carbon Bond Forming Reactions”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 7, 2011
Dr. Lionel Vayssieres, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
“Metal Oxide Quantum Rod & Dot-based Structures & Devices: Aqueous Design, Electronic Structure and Applications for Solar Energy Conversion”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 8, 2011
Professor Ray Schaak, Pennsylvania State University
“Synthetic Design Tools for Complex Inorganic Solids and Nanostructures”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130



SPRING 2012

January 27, 2012
Professor Tohru Fukuyama
, University of Tokyo
“Synthetic Studies on Marine Natural Products”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 1, 2012
Professor Kenichiro Itami
, Nagoya University
“Challenges in Arene-Assembling Chemistry”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 28 & 29, 2012
Debra R. Rolison
, Surface Chemistry Branch, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

February 28: “Women in Science: Creating Change in Scientific Institutions through Subversion, Revolution, and Climate Change”

February 29: “Integrating the multifunction necessary for electrochemical power into energy- and size-scalable ultraporous nanoarchitectures”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 8, 2012
Professor Marco Rolandi, University of Washington, Seattle
“Bioprotonic transistors and self-assembled nanostructures with polysaccharide nanofibers”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 9 & 10, 2012
Bristol-Myers Squibb Lectureship
March 9, 2012

Professor Paul Knochel, Universität München
“Advances in cross-coupling methodology”
4:00 PM, Merkert 127
 
March 10, 2012 
Dr. Joel Barrish
“Vignettes in Kinase Inhibitor Drug Discovery: Evolution of a Drug Target Class”
9:30-10:30 AM, Merkert 127
 
Prof. Paul Knochel, Universität München
“Preparation and Reaction of Polyfunctional Organometallics”
10:45-11:45 AM, Merkert 127

March 13, 2012
Professor Hubert Yin, University of Colorado
“Drugging the Undruggable”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 27, 2012
Professor Norito Takenaka, University of Miami
“Asymmetric Catalysis with Helical-Chiral Pyridines”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 10, 2012
Professor Liming Zhang, University of California – Santa Barbara
“Accessing &alpha-Oxo/Imino Gold Carbenes via Gold-Catalyzed Alkyne Oxidation: A Non-Diazo Approach”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 12 & 13, 2012
O'Malley Lecturer
Professor Hongjie Dai
, Stanford University
April 12:
“Carbon Nanotubes for Biological Detection, Imaging and Therapy”
April 13: “Graphene: from Nanoribbons to Hybrid Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 17, 2012
Professor Abigail Doyle, Princeton University
“New Approaches to C-F and C-C Bond Formation by Transition Metal Catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 18, 19, & 20, 2012
University Lecturer
Professor Charles M. Lieber
, Harvard University

April 18, 2012
“Whither Nanotechnology?”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 19, 2012
“Nanowires: From Synthesis to Energy Applications”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 20, 2012
“Nanoelectronics Meets Biology”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

View the Poster for Professor Lieber's University Lecture Series

April 24, 2012
Professor Derek A. Pratt, University of Ottawa
“The Chemistry of Radical-Trapping Antioxidants: Are Phenols Really Best?”
3:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 27, 2012
O'Malley Lecturer
Professor Eric Kool
, Stanford University
“DNA-inspired Tools for Biology: Design, Synthesis and Applications”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 1, 2012
Professor Julius Rebek, Jr., The Scripps Research Institute
“Recognition and Catalysis in Deep Cavitands”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


SUMMER 2012

June 11 & 12, 2012
Professor Varinder Aggarwal, University of Bristol, UK
Boehringer-Ingelheim Lecturer
June 11:
“Boron mediated asymmetric synthesis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
June 12: “Sulfur ylides and organocatalysis in action”
10:00 AM, Merkert 130

June 15, 2012
Professor Masaichi Saito, Saitama University, Japan
“Challenge to Expand the Concept of Aromaticity to Carbon Cycles Incorporating Tin and Lead Atoms”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

July 26, 2012
Professor Olafs Daugulis, University of Houston
“Direct Arylation and Alkylation of sp2 and sp3 Carbon-Hydrogen Bonds”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


FALL 2012

September 20, 2012
Professor Gerald J. Diebold, Brown University
“Recent Developments in Photoacoustics and Thermal Diffusion”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 27, 2012
Professor Raymond Schaak, Pennsylvania State University
“Synthetic Design Tools for Complex Inorganic Solids and Nanostructures”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 28, 2012
Novartis Symposium
Dr. Matthew LaMarche
, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.
“Discovery of LFF571 as an Investigational Agent for Clostridium difficile Infection”
3:00 p.m., Merkert 127

Suzanne Walker, Harvard Medical School
“Cell Wall Targets for New Antibiotics”
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

October 2, 2012
Professor Jérôme Waser, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
“From Catalysis to Natural Product Synthesis: Exploiting the Reactivity of Electrophilic Acetylenes and Cyclopropanes”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 4, 2012
Dr. Yugang Sun, Argonne National Laboratory
“Controlled Synthesis of Colloidal Nanoparticles: High Quality Benefits Discovery?”
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

October 9, 2012
BC Sesquicentennial Chemistry Lecture
Professor Dennis P. Curran
, University of Pittsburgh
“New Reactive Intermediates and New Synthetic Reagents Derived from N-Heterocyclic Carbene Boranes”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

October 11, 2012
Professor Karl Freed, University of Chicago
“Protein Folding Without Homology or Machine Learning”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 16, 2012
Professor Dustin Maly, University of Washington
“Allosteric Control of Signaling Enzyme Function Using Small Molecules”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 17, 2012
Professor Robert Waymouth, Stanford University
“Catalysis: Enabling Science for a Sustainable Future”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 18, 2012
Professor Jianmin Gao, Boston College
“Synthetic Approaches to Membrane Biology”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 23, 2012
Professor Erik Alexanian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“New Synthetic Transformations Using Alkenes: From Transition Metal Catalysis to Metal-free Radical Reactions”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 24, & 25, 2012
O'Malley Lecturer
Professor Wilma K. Olson
, Rutgers University
October 24: “Insights into Gene Expression and Packaging from Computer Simulation”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
October 25: “Long-range Communication on Chromatin”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 30, 2012
Professor Michael Haley, University of Oregon
“Indeno[1,2-b]fluorenes – A New Class of Electron-Accepting Materials”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 2 & 3, 2012
Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecturer
Professor Hisashi Yamamoto
, University of Chicago
“Asymmetric Catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 6, 2012
Professor Ivan Aprahamian, Dartmouth College
“Hydrazone-based switches, fluorophores and sensors”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 8, 2012
Professor Marc-Jan Gubbels, Boston College
“Genetic Dissection of Host Cell Invasion and Cell Division of the Human Pathogen Toxoplasma gondii
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


SPRING 2013

January 8, 2013
O'Malley Lecturer
Professor Philip A. Cole
, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
“Exploring the Language of Protein Post-translational Modifications”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 22, 2013
Professor Gregory Fu
, MIT
“Metal-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions of Alkyl Electrophiles”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 21, 2013
Dr. De-En Jiang
, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee
“From Benzene to Graphene and Things In Between”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 26, 2013
Professor Gojko Lalic
, University of Washington - Seattle
“New Methods for Hydrofunctionalization of Unsaturated Compounds”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 14, 2013
Professor Yuhuang Wang
, University of Maryland
“Propagation Chemistry on sp2 Carbon Lattices”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 19, 2013
Professor Eli Zysman-Colman
, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
“Illuminating Iridium: From Visual Displays to Solar Cells”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 20, 21, & 22, 2013
Boston College University Lecture Series in Chemistry
Professor Dennis A. Dougherty
, California Institute of Technology

March 20, 2013
“Chemistry on the Brain: Understanding the Nicotine Receptor”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

March 21, 2013
“The Cation-π Interaction: A New View of Benzene, Phe, Tyr, and Trp”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 127

March 22, 2013
“Chemical-Scale Studies of Neuroreceptors and Ion Channels: What Have We Learned?”
2:30 - 3:30 PM, Merkert 127

View the Poster for Professor Dougherty's University Lecture Series


April 2, 2013
Professor Daniel J. Weix
, University of Rochester
“No More Nucleophiles: Direct, Selective Cross Coupling of Electrophiles”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 4, 2013
Professor Irwin Oppenheim, MIT
“Entropy in Systems away from Equilibrium”
4:00 PM, Merkert 124

April 9, 2013
Dr. Grier Wallace
, Abbvie Bioresearch Center, Worcester, Mass.
“Agonists of S1P1 for Immunology: A Medicinal Chemistry Perspective on Asymmetric Synthesis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 11, 2013
Professor Dr. Andreas Hirsch
, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
“Chemical Functionalization of Synthetic Carbon Allotropes”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 16, 2013 - CANCELLED
Professor Erin Carlson
, University of Indiana
“Chemical Probes to Explore and Inhibit Bacterial Pathogenesis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 18, 2013
Professor Thomas Keyes
, Boston University
“Statistical temperature molecular dynamics (STMD) and generalized replica exchange (gREM) algorithms for enhanced sampling of biomolecules and first order phase transitions”
4:00 PM, Merkert 129

April 30, 2013
Professor Eric Ferreira
, Colorado State University
“Accessing and Harnessing Metalated Intermediates Toward Synthetic Utility”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


SUMMER 2013

July 12, 2013
Professor Yoshito Tobe
, Osaka University, Japan
“Indenofluorenes: Stabilized Quinodimethanes with Singlet Biradical Characters”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


FALL 2013

September 12, 2013
Professor Gonghu Li
, University of New Hampshire
“Combining Molecular Catalysts and Nanostructured Surfaces for Solar CO2 Reduction”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 17, 2013
Professor Hien Nguyen
, University of Iowa
“New Approaches to Bioactive Carbohydrates, Amines, and Fluorinated Molecules”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 19, 2013
Professor Garegin A. Papoian
, University of Maryland
“The Chromatin Folding Problem: Computer Simulations of Nucleosomes and Histone Tails”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 24, 2013
Professor Joshua A. Kritzer
, Tufts University
“Peptide tools for cancer, catalysis, and infectious disease”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 1, 2013
Professor Adrian Whitty
, Boston University
“Inhibiting Protein-Protein Interactions”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 3, 2013
Professor Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
, University of Illinois
“Hydrogen Tunneling, Electrostatics, and Conformational Motions in Enzyme Catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 8, 2013
Professor Geoffrey W. Coates
, Cornell University
“Bimetallic Catalysts – Are Two Metals Better Than One?”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 11 & 12, 2013
2013 Boehringer-Ingelheim Lectures at Boston College
Professor Tamio Hayashi
, Kyoto University, Japan

October 11, 4:00 PM, Merkert 130
“Rhodium-Catalyzed Asymmetric 1,4-Addition”

October 12 10:00 AM, Merkert 127
Dr. Carl Busacca, Distinguished Research Fellow, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
“New Ligand Space through Hydrophosphination snd Structure Elucidation of a Key Human Metabolite”

October 12 11:15 AM, Merkert 127
“Chiral Diene Ligands for Asymmetric Catalysis”


October 15, 2013
Professor Dr. Christian Hackenberger
, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP)
“Chemical Tools for the Synthesis and Application of Functional Peptide and Protein-Conjugates”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 17, 2013
Professor Sara E. Skrabalak
, Indiana University
“Shaping the Synthesis of Bimetallic Nanostructures”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 22, 2013
Professor Scott Rychnovsky
, University of California, Irvine
“New Methods for Synthesis and Structure Determination”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 5, 2013
Professor Shawn Collins
, Université de Montréal
“Advanced Strategies for Macrocyclization”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 12, 2013
Professor Jonathan Lai
, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
“Envelope glycoproteins of endosomal viruses: Structure, function, and inhibition by designed peptides and proteins”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 14, 2013
Professor Deyang Qu
, University of Massachusetts Boston
“Rechargeable Lithium Air Battery - A Rough Road to the 'Holy Grill'”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 19, 2013
Professor Nathanael Gray
, Harvard University
“Chemical Strategies for Overcoming Kinase Inhibitor Resistance in Cancer”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 21, 2013
Professor Alex L. Briseno
, University of Massachusetts Amherst
“Crystal Chemistry, Molecular Order and Charge Transport at Organic Semiconductor Interfaces”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 3, 2013
Professor Yan Jessie Zhang
, University of Texas, Austin
“CTD Code: A combinatorial code for Transcription Regulation”
3:00 PM, Merkert 130