Chemistry Department Seminar Schedule

Seminars are typically presented at 3:15 pm in the Science Building, Room 1191.  If you are interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Charles Chusuei by email.  Exceptions to this schedule are noted in bolded blue text below. 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. Remember to submit your abstract (click here  to see an example) 10 days before your scheduled defense date.
Additional information can be found on our MTSU MS Chemistry Blog.

Date Speaker/Presentation Title
Jan 25, 2019

Dr. Charles Chusuei, MTSU Chemistry Department
"Welcome back MS Chemistry students!"

Feb 1, 2019

Dr. Mengliang Zhang, MTSU Chemistry Department
"DART-MS for Ignitable Liquid Residue Analysis: Quick but More Effective"

Feb 22, 2019

Dr. Tao Xu, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, IL)
"Cold Thoughts on Perovskite Fever"
(Host: Dr. Van Patten)

Mar 1, 2019 Daniel Nguyen, COMS PhD Candidate, MTSU Chemistry Department
"Fast analytical evaluation of intermolecular electrostatic interaction energies using the pseudoatom representation of the electron density: The Löwdin α-function and The Fourier Transform Method"
Mar 8, 2019

No seminar, Spring Break

Mar 14, 2019

Sunday Olaluwoye (MS thesis defense)
"Surface Chemistry and Spectroscopic Study of Non-Amyloid Beta Component Segment of α-Synuclein (61-95)"
Science Building, Room 1109, 1:30 pm

Mar 15, 2019

Dr. Roberto Peverati, Chemistry Department, Floridia Institute of Technology
"An Optimized Collection of Chemistry Databases for Broad Computational Purposes, and Its Use to Optimize Exchange–Correlation Functionals in DFT"
(Host: Dr. Kong)

Mar 22, 2019

No seminar, MTSU Scholar's Week

Mar 29, 2019
Dr. Beth Guiton
, Department of Chemistry,
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
"Investigating Nanostructure Synthesis Using In Situ TEM"

Apr 5, 2019

Dr. Tamara Keller, Analytical Instrumentation Division, Waters Corporation (Milford, MA)
"Methods Optimization for Forensic Analysis"
(Host: Dr. Chong)

Apr 11, 2019

Conrad Lewis (MS thesis defense)
"Analyzing Static Correlation Using Atomic Populations of
Effectively Localized Electrons (APELE)"
Science Building, Room 3095, 3:00 pm

Apr 12, 2019

No seminar - CBAS Awards Ceremony

Apr 19, 2019


Dr. Hairon Guan, Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati
"Designing Hydrogenation Catalysts with Earth-Abundant Metals"


May 28, 2019

Bedraj Pandey (MS thesis defense)

"Cobalt Catalyzed Acceptorless Dehydrogenative Homocoupling of Primary Alcohols into Esters"

Science Building 1190, 9:00 am

TBA Roderick Moore (MS thesis defense)
"Mechanism of Nucleoside Hydrolase Isolated from Alaska Pea Seeds"

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.