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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:

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 3:30pm - CP 350

Enabling reactivity of neutral aminyl radicals in polycyclic heterocycle synthesis

Dr. Jennifer L. Stockdill
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University

Tertiary aliphatic amines are a privileged functional group in pharmaceuticals. For example, 51% of FDA approved nervous system drugs possess a tertiary aliphatic amine. However, there is only one neurologic agent with this functionality disposed at a ring junction. This imbalanced representation of structural space likely points to a need for more efficient strategies for the synthesis of these compounds, rather than an inherent problem with these structures as drug agents. We have devised a general strategy to access a variety of such compounds, and in this seminar, a successful example of our approach is discussed in the context of the total synthesis of the plant alkaloids daphniyunnine C and daphnicyclidin A.

This Semester's Seminar Schedule:


Tuesday, January 13th 2015

Dr. E. Michael Perdue

Professor of Chemistry & Director of Environmental Sciences PhD Program, Ball State University

"Fast graphically-inspired algorithm for assignment of chemical formulae in ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry"


Thursday, February 5th 2015

Dr. Ayanna Jackson
Associate Scientist at Dow AgroSciences

"Mass Spectrometry: A Powerful Analytical Tool"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dr. Norman Lu
Professor, Department of Molecular Science and Engineering Institute of Organic and Polymeric Materials National Taipei University of Technology

"Application of New Fluorinated Compounds to Catalysis, Renewable Energy and Optoelectronics"

  Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dr. Christopher Uyeda
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

"Catalysis at Metal–Metal Bonds"



Thursday, March 19th 2015

Daniel Miller & Patricia Lang
Department of Chemistry, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

“Using the Universal Design Approach in our Science Laboratories:  A Discussion of How to Assist Students with Mental Health Issues”

Friday, March 27th 2015

Dr. Jennifer L. Stockdill
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University

"Enabling reactivity of neutral aminyl radicals in polycyclic heterocycle synthesis"

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

Dr. Michael Lewis
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Saint Louis University

"Predicting Relative Arene-Arene Stacking Binding Strengths: Applications in DNA-Intercalator Binding"