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Outreach Seminars by UB Faculty

Our most valuable resource in the Department of Chemistry is the students who are actively engaged in research. Faculty from UB’s Department of Chemistry would be pleased to visit your campus and to present some of our research to you, your colleagues and your students. These seminars are part of our continuing outreach program to keep in close contact with the faculty at nearby institutions and of our efforts to identify and attract the highest quality graduate students to UB. We shall, of course, cover all travel-related expenses. The list below comprises seminar topics available as of today. If you would like to arrange a visit by one of our faculty, please contact him or her directly or contact the Chair of our Graduate Recruiting Committee, Prof. Andrew Murkin, at or 716-645-4249.


Seminars available from UB Chemistry faculty

Diana Aga

Emerging contaminants and their metabolites: Analysis, treatment, and implications for public health

Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen

Metabolomics-based Approaches for Identification of Value-added Biochemicals in a Non-model Microalgae
Lipid Regulators of Different Cellular Fates

Jochen Autschbach

A journey into computational chemistry: From new tools for the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory to cutting edge science
Optical activity and computational chemistry: How to distinguish between enantiomers by using modern computational tools

Jason Benedict

Crystals and light: From novel light emitting materials to photoswitchable porous metal-organic frameworks

Frank Bright 

Chemical measurements in very small places: Developing nanoscopic sensor platforms

Sherry Chemler 

New developments in asymmetric catalysis and natural product synthesis

Luis Colón

Carbon dots and chromatography: can they play together?

Timothy Cook

Multinuclear Coordination Chemistry: From Molecular Self-Assembly to Solar Energy Conversion

Michael Detty

Novel synthetic approaches to rhodamine dyes and evaluation of dye-biopolymer interactions
Xerogel coatings as novel anti-fouling and foul-release surfaces for marine immersion

Steve Diver

Olefin metathesis by the Grubbs ruthenium carbenes

Joe Gardella

Chemistry research in tissue engineering for wound healing
Environmental mapping and geographic information analysis for urban farming and brownfield redevelopment
The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership: STEM teacher professional development in Buffalo Public Schools

Bing Gong

Biomimetic molecular design
Directed molecular association, folding, and macrocyclization

Jerry Keister

Kinetics and mechanisms of metal catalyzed organic transformations

David Lacy

Fundamental chemical reactivity studies in solar energy conversion science

Qing Lin 

Photoinducible bioorthogonal chemistry: A new tool for chemical biology

Janet Morrow 

Smart MRI contrast agents for mapping biological environment
Optical switches for metal ions based on non-canonical DNA structures

Andrew Murkin

Enzymatic transition states from kinetic isotope effects: Blueprints for inhibitor design

John Richard

The role of flexible protein loops in enzymatic catalysis
The utilization of substrate binding energy in catalysis by large and small molecules
Orotidine 5′-phosphate decarboxylase: Catalyst extraordinaire

Javid Rzayev

Nanostructured materials from multi-component bottlebrush copolymers

Thomas Szyperski 

NMR in an ‘omics’-world

Luis Velarde 

Molecular processes at surfaces and interfaces: The very fast and the very small

David Watson

Assembly and Electron Transfer Reactivity of Quantum Dot-Molecule-Semiconductor Interfaces

Troy Wood 

Urinary stercobilin: A potential biomarker for autistic spectrum disorders

Eva Zurek

Insulating sodium and metallic hydrogen: Developing a chemical intuition under pressure
Computational structure prediction of materials