News & Events

FALL 2017

September 7, 2017
Professor Alex Dieters, University of Pittsburgh
"Optochemical Control of Biological Processes in Cells and Animals"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 13, 2017
Professor Yimon Aye, Cornell University
“Translating the Precision Electrophile Signaling Code”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 14, 2017
Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University
Strem Lecture
"Photoredox Reactions"
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

September 15, 2017
Professor David Liu, Harvard University
"Protein Evolution and Engineering to Enable Biotechnology, Genome Editing, and Novel Therapeutics"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 19, 2017
Professor Jack Norton, Columbia University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 21, 2017
Professor David Tirrell, Caltech
Novartis Lecture
"Non-Canonical Amino Acids in Protein Engineering and Proteomic Analysis"
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

Dr. Chris Gampe, Novartis

September 22 & 23, 2017
Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecturer in Organic Synthesis

September 22, 2017
3:30 PM Refreshments in Merkert Foyer

Professor Donna G. Blackmond, Scripps
“Pd-Catalyzed C-H Functionalizations: A Chameleon Changes Color”
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

September 23, 2017

9:30 AM Refreshments in Merkert Foyer

Dr. Eric M. Simmons, Senior Research Investigator II, Bristol-Myers Squibb
“Discovery, Development and Mechanistic Study of Catalytic Transformations for the Multi-Kilogram Scale Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Intermediates”
10:00 AM, Merkert 127

11:00 AM Break- Refreshments in Merkert Foyer

Professor Donna G. Blackmond, Scripps
“Exploring the Origin of Biological Homochirality”
11:15 AM, Merkert 127

September 26, 2017
Professor Christine Thomas, Brandeis University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 27, 2017
Professor Eric Brustad, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 28, 2017
Professor Stephanie Wunder, Temple University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 5, 2017
Professor Chen Yang, Boston University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 12, 2017
Professor Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 13, 2017
Merck Symposium Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones, University of Edinburgh
“In situ analysis of reactions involving organosilicon and organoboron reagents”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

Dr. Jared Cumming, Merck

October 17, 2017
Professor Connie Lu, University of Minnesota
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 19, 2017
Professor Kami Lee Hull, University of Illinois
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 24, 2017
Professor Igor Alabugin, Florida State University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 26, 2017
Professor Katherine Willets, Temple University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 9, 2017
Professor Hening Lin, Cornell University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 14, 2017
Professor Connie Lu, University of Minnesota
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 15, 2017
Professor Anna K. Map, University of Michigan
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 16, 2017
Professor Aravind Asthagiri, Ohio State University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 29, 2017
Professor Julio Camarero, University South California
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 7, 2017
Professor & Chair Ethan Baxter, Boston College Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

SPRING 2018

January 30, 2018
Professor Tim Newhouse, Yale University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 13, 2018
Professor Ian Tonks, University of Minnesota
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 15, 2018
Professor Andrew Gewirth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 7, 2018
Professor Jianfeng Cai, University of San Francisco
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 8, 2018
Professor Clemens Heske, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 20, 2018
Professor David A. Nicewicz, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 27, 2018
Professor Tristan Lambert, Columbia University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 10 -12, 2018
2018 University Lectures in Chemistry
Professor Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 17, 2018
Professor Tomislav Rovis, Columbia University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

June 12, 2018
Joseph and Partricia Vanderslice Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
Professor Elizabeth Sattely, Stanford University
TBA
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

Seminar Series: Front Row

The Merkert Chemistry Center is pleased to present some of our distinguished lecturers on Front Row. Front Row is a service of Boston College’s Office of Marketing Communications.

Professor Nate Lewis
George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology
Artificial Photosynthetic Systems Based on Membrane Embedded Microwire Arrays
April 6, 2016

Professor John Bercaw
Centennial Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology
Approaches to Selective Catalytic Upgrading of Light Hydrocarbons Using Oxidative Routes
April 22, 2015

Professor Ben L. Feringa
Jacobus H. van't Hoff Professor of Molecular Sciences
University of Groningen, Netherlands
Exploring Chiral Space in Asymmetric Synthesis
April 2, 2014
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Professor Dennis A. Dougherty
George Grant Hoag Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology
Chemistry on the Brain: Understanding the Nicotine Receptor
March 20, 2013
Sponsored by Airgas and Aldrich Chemistry

Sir Harold Kroto
Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University
1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Architecture in Nanospace
April 27, 2010

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
Engineering microbial metabolism for production of anti-malarial drugs
April 15, 2009
From Bugs to Biofuels
April 16, 2009
Sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich

Professor Peter Wolynes
Francis H.C. Crick Professor of Physical Sciences, University of California at San Diego
Landscapes of the Sciences
April 15, 2008
Sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich

Professor Richard R. Schrock
Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry at MIT
2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
The Discovery and Development of High Oxidation State Catalysts for the Metathesis of Alkenes and Alkynes
March 21, 2007
Applications of High Oxidation State Metathesis Catalysts in Organic and Polymer Chemistry
March 22, 2007
Catalytic Reduction of Dinitrogen to Ammonia with Protons and Electrons
March 23, 2007
Sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich

Dr. George H. Atkinson
Science & Technology Advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Science for Global Policy