Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

Past Seminars

Graduate Program

Graduate Seminar (09-911) Schedule

Candidates for the Ph.D. in Chemistry must present a formal seminar during the third semester of residence.

Graduate Seminar (09-911) takes place on Fridays from 9:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m. and each class will include two student presenters. The seminars will be held in the Mellon Institute Conference Room

Friday, September 20, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Dilhara Jayarathna

Metal-Molecule Interfaces in Single Molecular Junctions: Mechanically Controllable Break Junctions (MCBJs)

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Dhrubajyoti Samanta

Friday, September 20, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Heather Stout

Pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Powered by a Free-Electron Laser

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Andria Fortney

Friday, September 27, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Payam Eftekhar Jahromi

Shape and Size Controlled Synthesis of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Qiong Zeng

Friday, September 27, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Isaac Mills

Photoreforming of Carbohydrates

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Jon Willcox

Friday, October 4, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Pawel Krys

Synthesis and Applications of Chiral Polymers

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Mo Li

Friday, October 4, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Matthew Mackenzie

Controlling the Sequence of Polymers

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Anna Ivanova

Friday, October 11, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Genoa Warner

BPA and You: The Chemistry of Endocrine Disruptors

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Chia-Hua Tsai

Friday, October 11, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Yookyung Bae

DNA Nanolithography

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Taylor Canady

Friday, October 25, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Tyler Womble

Fuel Cell Improvements via Advances in Polyelectrolyte Membrane Design

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Jonathan Porras

Friday, October 25, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Jonathan Porras

Vapochromism and Vapoluminescence of Platinum(II) Complexes

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Tyler Womble

Friday, November 1, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Taylor Canady

Engineering Biology with RNA: Aptamer to Riboswtich

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Yookyung Bae

Friday, November 1, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Chia-Hua Tsai

Dendrimer-Supported Palladium Catalyst

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Genoa Warner

Friday, November 8, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Anna Ivanova

Carbon Dioxide and Epoxides: Methods for Utilization of CO2

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Matthew Mackenzie

Friday, November 8, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Mo Li

Copper Complexes that Catalyze Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) at Fuel Cell Cathodes

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Pawel Krys

Friday, November 15, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Jon Willcox

Effects of Pretreatment on Lignocellulosic Biomass to Maximize Biofuel Yields

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Isaac Mills

Friday, November 15, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Qiong Zeng

Electrochemical Biosensors on Platforms of Graphene

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Payam Eftekhar Jahromi

Friday, November 22, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Yuxiang Chen

Palladium Catalyzed Coupling Reactions: Molecular Complexes versus Nanocrystals

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Woong So

Friday, November 22, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Andria Fortney

Recent Developments in Organic Electronic Devices

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Heather Stout

Friday, December 6, 2013
9:30 a.m.
10:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Dhrubajyoti Samanta

Polyamides: A Way to Sequence Selectively Label DNA Structures

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Dilhara Jayarathna

Friday, December 6, 2013
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.

Graduate Seminar (09-911)

Woong So

Investigation of Transparent Multilayer Films

Location: Mellon Institute Conference Room

Chairperson: Yuxiang Chen