Doctorate in Environmental Sciences

Seminar Series

The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program hosts a weekly seminar series during the academic year featuring presentations by individuals (students, faculty and invited guests) discussing their research within the environmental sciences. These presentations are free and open to the public.

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Our Next Seminar:

Ratner

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 - 4:00 pm - Room CP 350

By Indirections Find Directions Out – Charge Motion in Molecular Assemblies

Dr. Mark Ratner
Northwestern University

The molecular state of matter occasionally forms crystals. But the solid state of many molecules is disordered, perhaps even to the extent of becoming a glass. More generally, large organics have trouble accommodating themselves to the periodicity that is required to be crystalline. If the solid material based on molecular identities is to act as both a producer of electronic charge and/or a transporter of electronic charge, its interactions with its neighbors are critical. This issue has been explored extensively by physical chemists over the last five decades, in all of its manifestations.

In this talk, we will discuss organic materials such as phthalocyanines with large groups on the periphery, fullerenes with alkane or alkene attachments, linear chain molecules and organometallics. All of these form non-crystalline solids, and many of them are used in applications that require transport of charge or ions through the material.

We will examine ways in which we can simplify the complexity of the non-crystalline material, and finally come up with an index to describe the nature of the material and its probability of conducting charge.

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This Semester's Seminar Schedule:

Perdue

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

Dr. Michael Perdue
Director, Environmental Sciences Ph.D Program

"Introduction to the Seminar Series"

Driver

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016

Shamus Driver
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

"Natural Organic Matter from an Ecological Endmember - Pony Lake, Antarctica"

Maule

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016

Jessica Maule
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

"Eisenia Fetida in Changing Agricultural Trends"

Ratner

Tuesday, 2 February, 2016

Dr. Mark Ratner
Northwestern University

“By Indirections Find Directions Out – Charge Motion in Molecular Assemblies”


Tuesday, 9 February, 2016

Dr. Kaelin Cawley
University of Colorado

Seminar title pending


Tuesday, 16 February, 2016

Dr. Sudeep Chandra
University of Nevada, Reno

Seminar title pending

Doll

Tuesday, 23 February, 2016

Jason Doll
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

Seminar title pending

Kaur

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016

Devinder Kaur
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

Seminar title pending


Tuesday, 8 March, 2016

Spring Break - No Seminar


 

Tuesday, 15 March, 2016

Dr. Gregory Druschel
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Seminar title pending
Elias

Tuesday, 22 March, 2016

Daniel Elias
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

Seminar title pending


Tuesday, 29 March, 2016

Speaker pending

Seminar title pending


Tuesday, 5 April, 2016

Ball State University
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidates

"Ball State Student Symposium"


 

Tuesday, 12 April, 2016

Gilles Tagne
Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

Seminar title pending


Tuesday, 19 April, 2016

Speaker pending

Seminar title pending


Tuesday, 26 April, 2016

Speaker pending

Seminar title pending