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Chemistry Department Seminar Schedule

Seminars are typically presented at 3:15 pm in the Science Building, Room 1003. Exceptions denoted in blue below.) If you are interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Charles Chusuei by email.  Come early to chat with the speaker and other attendees.  Refreshments will be served.

Reminders to MS students:  Turn in your abstract pages to the seminar host at the conclusion of each scheduled talk, following the Q&A session. Consult the MS Chemistry Handbook for important requirements to be fulfilled for your degree.

Date Speaker/Presentation Title
May 25th, 2016 Mr. J. Dale Combs (MS thesis defense)
"Study of a Model α-Helix Peptide's Surface Properties
Langmuir Monolayer and Surface FTIR Techniques"
Science Building, Room 1191, 1:00pm
June 7th, 2016 Ms. Anuradha Liyana Pathiranage (MOBI PhD defense)
"Isolation and Analysis of Compounds with Anti-Trypanasomal
and Anti-Cancer Activity"
Science Building, Room 1190, 11:00 am
June 14th, 2016 Mr. Matthew Wright (MOBI PhD defense)
"Isolation and Identification of Bioactive Compounds 
from Plant Based Traditional Chinese Medicine"
Science Building, Room 1190, 11:00 am
June 21st, 2016 Ms. Sushma Appala (MS thesis defense)
"Degradation of Environmental Contaminants in Gas
and Liquid Phases by Chlorine Dioxide" 
Science Building, Room 1190, 10:00 am
June 28th, 2016 Ms. Anita Saha (MS thesis defense)
"Degradation of Pentobarbital in Various Soil Types"
Science Building, Room 1190, 11:30 am
July 13th, 2016 Mr. Brett Henry (MS thesis defense)
"Bovine Liver Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase:
Characterization and Kinetic Mechanism"
Science Building, Room 1001, 10:00am
July 14th, 2016 Ms. Shafiqa Alshaiban (MS thesis defense)
"Study of Nucleoside Degrading Enzyme Activities
in Bean, Organic Bean, Okra, Organic Okra, Squash
and Organic Squash"
Science Building, Room 1003, 10:00am
July 15th, 2016 Ms. Naeyma Islam (MS thesis defense)
"Structure of Boranes Based on the Topology over
Molecular Electron Density"
Science Building, Room 1191, 2:00 pm
Sept 2nd, 2016 Dr. Charles Chusuei (MTSU Chem Dept)
"Welcome MS Chemistry students!"
Sept 9th, 2016 Dr. Chengshan Wang (MTSU Chemistry Department)
"Elucidation of Peptide Conformation via 13C Isotope-Edited
FTIR Spectroscopy: Opportunities for Collaborative Faculty
Research and Student Achievements
" (Tenure Tour)
Sept 30th, 2016


Dr. Dana A. Baum (St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO)
"Developing Functional DNA Components for Sensors
and Biofuel
Oct 7th, 2016 MS thesis defense TBA
Oct 21st, 2016 Dr. David M. Hercules (Vanderbilt University)
"Can Analytical Mass Spectrometry Revolutionize
Polymer Chemistry?"
Nov 4th, 2016 Dr. Jie Zheng (University of Texas-Dallas)
Title TBA  
(Host: Van Patten)
Nov 25th, 2016 No seminar, Thanksgiving break

Note to visiting seminar speakers:  The address of the Science Building is: 440 Friendship Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.  You may set your GPS destination to this location. A parking spot will be reserved for you in advance of your visit. 

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