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Past seminars

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Oct 30, 2014  
Oct 24, 2014  
Oct 20, 2014  
Oct 10, 2014  
Oct 8, 2014

Ms. Olaa Alharbi (MS thesis defense)
“Determination of the Relationship Between the Geometric Structure of a Model Peptide and
its 13C Isotope-EditedSpectroscopy in H2O by ATR”

Oct 3, 2014

Dr. Charles Chusuei (MTSU Chem Dept - Tenure Tour)
Part I: "Cytotoxicity in the Age of Nano: the Role of Fourth Period Transition Metal Oxide       Physicochemical Properties "
Part II: "Designing Electrocatalyst Composites for Chemical Sensing"

Oct 1, 2014

Dr. Donna Nelson (University of Oklahoma)
“Improving Organic Chemistry Education by Comparing Textbooks”

Sep 26, 2014

Dr. Peter Pulay (University of Arkansas)
“The Calculation of Intermolecular Interaction Energies”

Aug 4, 2014

Mr. Sergiy Ustynov (MS thesis defense)
“Survey of Nucleoside Degrading Enzyme Activities in Soybean Corn and Yellow Lupin

Jun 19, 2014

Ms. Jamie Avant (MS thesis defense)
“Purification and Characterization of Bovine Liver Uridine Phosphorylase”

Jun 18, 2014

Ms. Kateryna Ogorodnik (MS thesis defense)
“Nucleoside Hydrolase Amino Acid Sequences from Plants”

Jun 17, 2014

Ms. Kara Cole Dawson (MS thesis defense)
“Synthesis of Belactosin A Analogs”

Jun 16, 2014

Ms. Ashley Lipscomb (MS thesis defense)
  “An Investigation into the Bioactive Components of Euphorbia hirta and Pandanus tectorius”     

Jun 11, 2014

Ms. Rachael Hall (MS thesis defense)
“Group Dynamic and its Effect on Classroom Climate, Achievement, and Time in Lab in the Organic
Chemistry Lab”

Apr 25, 2014

Dr. Martin V. Stewart (MTSU Chem Dept)
“Archibald Belcher: First Chemistry/Physics Professor at MTSU” (Co-sponsored by the MTSU Physics Dept)

Apr 7, 2014

Mr. Peter Haddix (MS thesis defense)
"Toward Fluorescence Enhancement of Dyes in Mesoporous SiO2 and Organic Films"

Apr 4, 2014

Dr. Hong Guo (Univ of Tennessee­–Knoxville)
“Simulations of Complex Biological Systems”

Apr 03, 2014

Mr. Matthew Robinson (MS thesis defense)
"The Effect of Pyramidalization at Nitrogen in a Series of Donor-π-Acceptor Dyes”

Mar 28, 2014

Dr. Andrew Burden (MTSU Chem Dept)
“FROM COTTON TO CANCER: Catalytic Inhibition of DNA Topoisomerase II by Gossypol”

Mar 24, 2014

Mr. Ben King (MS Thesis defense)
“A Comparison Study between Coupled And Non-coupled Systems of Poly(3-hexylthiophene)
and C60-fullerene forthe Application of Organic Solar Cells”

Mar 7, 2014

Dr. Julia Brumaghim (Clemson Univ)
“You Are What You Eat: Fruit Polyphenols Prevent Oxidative DNA Damage Through Metal Coordination”

Feb 21,2014

Dr. Nadja Cech (Univ of North Carolina - Greensboro)
“Anti-Virulence Compounds from Nature: Outsmarting the

Feb 7, 2014

Dr. Jing Kong (MTSU Chem Dept)
“Challenges to Computation: From Breakup of a Hydrogen Molecule to Ligand-Protein Binding”

Nov 26,2013

Mr. Craig A. Lampert (MS thesis defense)
“Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds by Sorbent Tube and Infrared Spectroscopic Techniques”

Nov 22,2013

Dr. John DiVincenzo (MTSU Chem Dept)
“Paving the Way to Better Water Quality”

Nov 8, 2013

Mr. Anup K. Deb (MS thesis defense)
“Amperometric Detection with a Dendrimer-Encapsulated Platinum Nanoparticle-Carbon Nanotube Composite”

Nov 8, 2013

Ms. Lola S. JarAllah (MS thesis defense)
“Characterization of Adenosine Nucleosidase from Soybean Seeds (Glycine max L.)”

Nov 6, 2013

Ms. Jabe Kiri (MS thesis defense)
“Dendronic Surfaces for Detection of Surface Vapors”

Nov 1, 2013

Ms. Katrina Smith (MS thesis defense)
“Synthesis of Cyclopropyl Peptidomimetics as BACE1 Inhibitors”

Oct 25, 2013

Dr. Keying Ding (MTSU Chem Dept)
“Base Metal Catalysts for Sustainable Energy”

Oct 18, 2013

Dr. Kevin Bicker (MTSU Chem Dept) 
“Solid-phase Peptoid Libraries: A Tool for Drug Discovery”

Oct 11, 2013

Dr. Gary Wulfsberg (MTSU Chem Dept)
“More than Clicking with Students: General Chemistry Active Learning
Technology-based Strategies Proven to Improve Long-term Retention at MTSU”
[presentation slides in pdf]

Oct 4, 2013

Ms. Sneha Potana (MS thesis defense)
“Determination of the Conformation of Specific Residues in a Model Peptide by C-13
Isotope Edited ATR-FTIR in Regular Water”

Sep 20,2013

Dr. Kelly Perry (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
“Electron Microscope Tools to Further Our Understanding for Fuel Cell

Sep 20,2013

Dr. Andrew V. Teplyakov (Univ of Delaware)
“Designing a Well-defined Interface between Biomolecules and Semiconductors for
Biosensing Applications”

Jul 10, 2013

Ms. Chasity Suttle Bagsby (MS thesis defense)
 “Extraction and Detection of Pentobarbital in Soil by Solid Phase Extraction and Liquid
Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry”

Jun 24, 2013

Mr. Ram Chandra Dhakal (MS thesis defense)
“Synthesis of Various Iodyl Compounds of Iodoarenes and Tetrazoles Using OxoneTM as an Oxidant”

Jun 21, 2013

Mr. Tuphan Devkota (MS thesis defense)
“Selective Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide, Uric Acid and  Acetominophen Using Zinc Oxide-Carbon
Nanotube Composites”

Jun 12, 2013

Mr. Arjun Kafle (MS thesis defense)
“Cu(I)-catalyzed Single Step One-pot Synthesis of 1,4-disubstituted Triazoles using Deep Eutectic Solvent (DES)”

May 2, 2013

Ms. Zharah Altawil (MS thesis defense)
“Isolating Nucleoside Metabolizing Enzymes from Alaska Pea Seeds”

Apr 26, 2013

Dr. Jesse R. Sabatini (US Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering
Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal
“Technological Advances in ‘Green’ Pyrotechnics”

Apr 26, 2013

Dr. Richard Lostritto (US Food and Drug Administration)
“Chemistry and the Drug Review Process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Illustrative
Case Studies”

Apr 25, 2013

Ms. Samantha Keene (MS thesis defense) 
“The Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during Various Stages of Decomposition”

Mar 1, 2013

Dr. Chengshan Wang (MTSU Chem Dept)
"Application of Langmuir Monolayer and C13 Isotope Edited FTIR in Neurodegenerative Disease"

Feb 8, 2013

Dr. Jacqueline Johnson (UT-Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN)
“Nanoparticles in Medicine” [co-sponsored by MTSU Pre-Scripts Society]

Dec 14,2012

Ms. Shabnam F. Arefin (MS thesis defense)
“Retention of Water Contaminants by Fly Ash Amended Pervious Concrete Blocks”

Dec 5, 2012

Mr. James Ladd II (MS thesis defense)
“Synthesis of Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid Derivatives via Suzuki and Stille Cross-Coupling
Reactions and Subsequent Nickel Desulfurization and Reduction”

Oct 03, 2012

Dr. Gregory B. Dudley (Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL)
“Recent Innovations in Alkyne Chemistry”

Jul 18, 2012

Mr. Phillip Mnirajd (MS thesis defense)
“Synthesis of Non-Halogenated Phosphorus Flame Retardants for Engineering Resins”

Jun 07, 2012

Ms. Archana Tirumala (MS thesis defense)
“Extraction of Fluoranthene and Pyrene from Acetone-Water Mixtures for Fly Ash Amended
Pervious Concrete Studies”

Apr 20, 2012

Dr. Anna Mapp (Univ of Michigan)
“Small Molecule Transcriptional Regulators”

Apr 12, 2012

Mr. Peter Cothron (MS thesis defense)
“The Detection and Depletion of Chemical Weapons Models using Mesoporous TiO2 Thin Films”

Apr 6, 2012

Mr. Kevin Lavender (MS thesis defense)
“Palladium Catalyzed Sonogashira and Suzuki Couplings using a One-Pot Approach”

Mar 16,2012

Mr. Peter Cothron (MS thesis defense)
"The Detection and Depletion of Chemical Weapons Models Using Mesoporous TiO2 Thin Films”

Mar 2, 2012

Mr. Kevin Lavender (MS thesis defense)
“Palladium Catalyzed Sonogashira and Suzuki Couplings Using a One-Pot Approach”

Feb 24,2012

Mr. Mulugeta Wayu (MS thesis defense)
“Modification of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes Using Zinc OxideNanoparticles for
Improved Electrocatalytic Detection of HydrogenPeroxide”

Nov 18,2011

Ms. Farhana Akhter (CHEM 6800)
 “Toxicological Study of the Formation of Melamine-Cyanurate Complex in Aqueous and Physiological Matrices”

Nov 11,2011

Mr. Adedoyin “Tunde” Osinloye (MS thesis presentation)
Regioselective Mixed Double Coupling of Dihaloheteroaromatics: Palladium Catalyzed Reaction
using Suzuki and Sonogashira Cross-Coupling Approach”

Nov 4, 2011

Dr. Earl F. Pearson (MTSU Chem Dept)
 “Balancing Equations with Only Two Variables and Stoichiometry by Rebalancing the Equation”

Oct 7, 2011

Dr. Kevin M. Bucholtz (Mercer University)
“Research from the Laboratory and the Classroom: Design of Compounds for the Inhibition
of 3µ-HSD1 and Indicator of
Success in Organic Chemistry”

Sep 23, 2011

Dr. Paul S. Simone (University of Memphis)
"On-Line Monitoring of Drinking Water Disinfection By-products: Challenges and Solutions”

Apr 21, 2011

Mr. Shravan Mallavarapu (MS thesis defense)
 “Correlation of Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Physicochemical Propertieswith Cytotoxicity”

Apr 14, 2011

Ms. Vanessa E. Hobbs (MS thesis defense)
“Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Smoke Samples from Herbal Products”

Apr 7, 2011

Mr. Brian A. Bachner (MS thesis presentation)
“Nutrient Anion Sorption in Fly-Ash Mixed Pervious Concrete”

Mar 17, 2011

Ms. Anuradha Liyana Pathiranage (MS thesis presentation)
“Synthesis of Cyclopropyl Peptidomimetics with Potential Anit HIV Activity”

Feb 24, 2011

Dr. Marinda Li Wu (Board of Directors, American Chemical Society)
“A Personal and Professional Journey into the 21st Century”

Feb 17, 2011

Dr. Cianan B. Russell (School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology)
“Laboratory Conundrum: A Qualitative Comparison of the Traditional 
Laboratory, Inquiry, and Classroom-Based Authentic Research 
Experiences in General Chemistry”

Jan 26, 2011

Dr. James M. Tour (Smalley Institute for Science & Technology, Rice Univ)
“Nanomaterials, Nanoelectronics, Nanomedicine and Nanocars” 

Nov 22,2010  

Dr. Eva Zurek (Chemistry Dept, Univ at Buffalo SUNY)
“Predicting the Structures of Solids Under Extreme Conditions using Evolutionary Algorithms”

Nov 19,2010

Dr. Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard Univ & Massachussetts Instit Technol)
“Microengineered Hydrogels for Stem Cell Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration”

Oct 28, 2010

Dr. Martin V. Stewart and Strokes R. Swann (MTSU Chem Dept); and 
Dr. James X. Corgan (Geology Dept, Austin Peay State University)
“History as Chemistry”

Oct 7, 2010

Dr. Charles Chusuei (Missouri University of Science and Technology)
“Tethering Nanoparticles to Carbon Nanotubes for Improved Fuel Cell Performance”

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