Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Friday Seminars at 3:10 pm take place in the Byker Auditorium-Chemistry Biochemistry Building.


Friday, September 2

3:10 pm Seminar
Dr. Tibor Szilvasi, University of Wisconsin - Madison, will be here to present "Photocatalysis with NaCl: Myth or reality?" Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.  Dr. Szilvasi is the guest of Professor Robert Szilagyi.
Abstract: Recently Tong et al have suggested based on their experiments that NaCl can play crucial role in atmospheric chemistry by photocatalyzing several reaction, such as degradation of HgCl2 and HgBr2, with the help of sunlight. In my talk I will show how NaCl, a chemically inert wide gap insulator material, can photocatalyze chemical transformations which can have significant importance in the design of future photocatalytic reactions.

Tong, et al. Environ. Sci. Impacts. 2013, 15, 1883−1888.

Friday, September 9

Dr. Steve Baldelli (University of Houston) will present "Ionic Liquids at Charged Interfaces" in the Byker Auditorium at 3:10. Dr. Baldelli's is hosted by Professor Rob Walker and sponsored by both the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Materials Science Program.
Fundamental and basic information about molecules at the solid-liquid interface is limited primarily because most spectroscopic methods are not able to specifically detect the surface buried between two condensed phases.  The second-order nonlinear techniques sum frequency generation, SFG, is able to probe the noncentrosymmetric environment between two bulk phases and have been used in many surface studies.  In this presentation the use of SFG to studies of ionic liquids at the charged solid-liquid interface will be discussed.  Several interfaces are discussed including dielectrics, graphene, and metal.  SFG results suggest a specific surface model that the ionic liquid structure persists approximately one layer into the bulk liquid and that this is mostly due to the charge neutralization at the surface.

Wednesday, September 14

Graduate Student Melodie Machovina will present her research in a 4th year graduate student seminar titled "Monooxygenase substrates mimic flavin to catalyze cofactorless oxygenations".  Today in the Byker Auditorium at  3:10 pm.  Melodie works in the lab of Professor Jen DuBois.

Friday, September 16

Dr. Blaine Roberts, Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health will present "Are metals involved in neurodegeneration? Bioanalytical tools to investigate the role of metalloproteins in Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis." 3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium. Professor Ed Dratz will host Dr. Roberts.

Friday, September 23

SPECIAL 10:10 am Seminar
Sheila Smith, a former postdoc in in the Broderick lab (while at Amherst College and Michigan State University), will give a seminar on Friday morning (September 23rd) at 10:10 am in the Byker. Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She will discuss her recent research, and will also spend a few minutes at the end of her seminar talking about Ionic VIPEr, the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Educational Resource, which she has been integrally involved in developing with support from the NSF.
Seminar Title: All the Eggs in One Basket? A Possible Role for Riboflavin Binding Protein in Copper Transport and Storage
Sheila R. Smith, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan - Dearborn
3:10 Seminar
Dr. Robert Usselman, (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, MSU) will present his research in a seminar titled "Quantum Biology: When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It." 3:10 pm Byker Auditorium.
Friday, September 30
Assistant Research Professor, Dr. Roland Hatzenpichler (MSU-Department of Microbiology and Immunology) will present "Bioorthogonal labeling of new proteins in ultra-slow growing microbes from the deep-sea." Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.


Monday, October 3

Ph.D Defense, Mr. Charles Stark will present "Shedding Light on Future Solar Fuels: Investigating the photophysics/photochemistry of two inorganic water-splitting photocatalysts" as part of his PhD requirements.  Mr. Stark is co-advised by Professors Bern Kohler and Pat Callis. 10:00 am Byker

Friday, October 7

Dr. Tim Machonkin from Whitman College will present " Defining a Preference for Polarizable Halogen Substituents in the Ring-Cleaving Dioxygenase Enzyme PcpA". 3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium. Professor Jen DuBois will host Dr. Machonkin.

Friday, October 14 -

Dr. Rick Cote from the University of New Hampshire Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences will present a seminar titled "Regulation of the cyclic GMP signaling pathway in photoreceptor cells by cyclic GMP phosphodiesterase."  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.  Dr. Cote is the guest of Professor Mary Cloninger.

Friday, October 21

Dr. Chris Elles (University of Kansas, Department of Chemistry) will present "Reaction dynamics of photochromic molecular switches.” Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Dr. Elles is the guest of Professor Erik Grumstrup.

Friday, October 28

Safety and Risk, Lab and Fire Training 3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium

Monday, October 31

Mr. Alan Weaver will defend his Ph.D. in Biochemistry beginning with a seminar titled "Investigations into the Activity of Synthetic & Natural Products Against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.” Alan works in the laboratory of Professor Martin Teintze. 2:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium.


Wednesday, November 2 - Ph.D. Defense

Melissa McIntyre will defend her Ph.D. in Chemistry beginning with a presentation titled "In Operando Spectroscopy Studies of High Temperature Electrocatalysts Used for Energy Conversion." Melissa works in the laboratory of Professor Rob Walker.  Byker Auditorium 11:30 am.   

Friday, November 4

Dr. Geoffrey Will, Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology, will present  “Modelling of polarisation curves for better understanding of corrosion mechanisms.”  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.  Dr. Will is a visiting professor in the College of Engineering (MSU).

Friday, November 11 - Holiday

Wednesday, November 16th - MS Defense

Ms. Jacquelyn Miller will defend her MS in Biochemistry beginning with a seminar titled "The Role of FixX in Electron Bifurcation."  Jac works in the lab of Professor John Peters.  Byker Auditorium at 2:10 pm

Thursday, November 17-Ph.D. Defense

Jacob Artz will defend his PhD in Biochemistry beginning with a seminar at 8:30 am in the Student Union Ballroom 168. The title of his presentation is “Contributors to catalytic bias revealed in the investigation of an [FeFe]-hydrogenase model system.” Jacob works in the lab of Professor John Peters.

Thursday, November 17

Ky Mickelsen will present "Diethyl Zinc Mediated Metalloamination/Cyclization of N,N-Dimethylhydrazines: Expanding a Novel Approach to Functionalized Pyrrolidine and Piperidine Formation."  3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium.  Ky works in the lab or Professor Tom Livinghouse.

Friday, November 18

Ross Hartman will deliver his 4th year graduate student seminar titled "Hot Biochemistry, Characterizing the Structure and Lifecycle of Thermophilic Archaeal Viruses".  3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium.  Ross works in the laboratory of Professor Mark Young.

Monday, November 21 Ph.D Defense 

Daniel Willems will defend his Ph.D in Biochemistry beginning with a seminar titled "Mass Spectrometry Based Lipidomics as a Tool in the Search for Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Disease." ABB 138 at 1:30 pm.  Daniel works in the laboratory or Professor Ed Dratz.

Tuesday November 29- 4th Year seminar

Autumn White will present "Studies of Novel Glycine-containing Lipids That Differ Greatly in Type 2 Diabetes" as a 4th-year graduate student seminar in Professor Ed Dratz's lab.  ABB room 138 at 4:10 pm.


Friday, December 2

Dr. Veronica Vaida (University of Colorado, Boulder) will present "Chemical processes at environmental water-air interfaces." 3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium. Professor Rob Walker .

Abstract: Chemistry induced by sunlight can play a major role in the formation and chemical evolution of atmospheric aerosol particles and aggregates in the sea surface micro-layer, thus building complexity in the environment. This presentation will discuss investigations of the fundamental atmospheric chemistry, with an emphasis on the role of organic species at the water surface. Studies of photochemical reactions of oxoacids at water-air interfaces investigate the following questions: What role does sunlight initiated chemistry play in processing organics in the atmosphere? How do photochemical reactions affect the interface of atmospheric aerosol?

The sea surface microlayer, as well as the surface of aerosol particles, provides a unique reaction environment where organic molecules are highly concentrated and often ordered. Further, the interface creates a water-restricted environment that may promote reactions thermodynamically unfavorable in the bulk phase. In fact, the generally accepted picture of organic atmospheric aerosol now includes a fully or partially organically coated surface. Compounds at the interface are concentrated, increasing the likelihood of reaction with other surface and gas phase reactants. The presentation will discuss the connection between results of organic mechanistic photochemistry investigated in the laboratory and the evolution of molecular complexity in the environment.

Wednesday, December 7- Ph.D Defense

Stephen Keable will defend his Ph.D in Biochemistry beginning with a seminar titled "Role of the P-Cluster and FeMo-Cofactors in Nitogenase Catalysis." Stephen works in the lab of Professor John Peters. 9:00 am in the Byker Auditorium

Friday, December 9

Dr. Jonathan Hilmer (MSU).

January 2017

Friday, January 13

Dr. James Crawford (Genetech) Professor Matt Cook host

Friday, January 20

Drs. Brian Tripet, Valerie Copie, Martin Lawrence and Brian Bothner- Shared User Facilities

Friday, January 27

Dr. Noah Burns (Stanford) Professor Sharon Neufeldt host


Friday, February 3

Prof. Tim Kowalczyk, Assistant Professor at Western Washington University. Robert Szilagyi host.

Friday, February 10

Daniel Raftery  Valerie Copie Host

Friday, February 17

Dr. Xi Chu from the University of Montana, Department of Chemistry. Professor Erik Grumstrup host.

Friday, February 24

Assistant Professor Matt Queen (MSU Billings)


Friday, March 3

Dr. Ryan Looper (Utah). Professor Matt Cook host.

Friday, March 10

Friday, March 17- Spring break

Friday, March 24

Friday, March 31

Emily Weinert (Emory University).  Professor Jen DuBois


Friday, April 7

Prof. Catherine J. Murphy, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois.

Professor TIm Minton host.

Friday, April 14 -University Holiday

Friday, April 21 

Dr. Larry Overman (UCI). Professor Mary Cloninger host