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Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry hosts a seminar series during the academic year featuring presentations by individuals (students, faculty, and invited guests) discussing their research within the field of chemistry.  These presentations are free and open to the public.  

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Our Next Seminar:

  Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:30pm - CP 350

Using Ionic Liquids to Control Chirality

Dr. Todd A. Hopkins
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Butler University

Ionic liquids (ILs) are low melting point salts with potential application across chemistry, biology, and material science. ILs composed of a chiral cation or anion can be used as a solvent to control chiral processes, including separations, catalysis, and synthesis. Chiral recognition of ILs based on amino acid structures is studied by measuring their impact on a racemization equilibrium process involving chiral europium complexes. The chiral recognition is followed using circularly polarized luminescence spectroscopy of the europium complexes. The effect of temperature, concentration, and ionic size on the chiral recognition by the amino acid-based ILs is measured and discussed. The chiral recognition observed is related to the structural differences in the amino acids used.


This Semester's Seminar Schedule:

  Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dr. Todd A. Hopkins
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Butler University

"Using Ionic Liquids to Control Chirality"

  Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dr. James Mack
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati
  Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dr. Steven L. Tait
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University
  Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dr. Dean M. Giolando
Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Toledo