Chemistry and Biochemistry

Fall 2020

All seminars are held on Fridays at 1 p.m. on Zoom unless indicated otherwise. All are welcome to attend/view and contribute! 

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Feel free to e-mail Dr. Carolynn Arpin ( with any seminar questions!

Week 1 

August 28th

Dr. Dylan Murray, Dept of Chemistry, UC Davis

"Molecular Mechanisms for Low Complexity Sequence Protein Assembly"


Week 2 

September 4th

Dr. Dipankar Koley, Dept of Chemistry, Oregon State University

"Electrochemical sensors: New tools to study biomaterials and associated biofilms"


Week 3 

September 11th

Mr. Nicholas Barnett: "Screening for Conductive Metal Organic Framework Compounds by Utilizing a Neural Network"

Ms. Celia Todd: "Applying Random Forest Algorithm to Find Novel Conductive Metal Organic Frameworks"

CSU Chico Summer Research Students of Dr. Monica So


Week 4 

September 18th

Dr. Sean Roberts, Dept of Chemistry, UT Austin

"Nanoscale Materials for Photon Conversion"


Week 5 

September 25th - No Seminar


Week 6 

October 2nd

Dr. Federico Rabuffetti, Dept of Chemistry, Wayne State University

"Thermosensitive Phosphors: Luminescent Materials as Optical Temperature Sensors"


Week 7 

October 9th

Prof. Alvan Hengge, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Utah State University

"Protein Motions Affect the Function of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases, from Humans To Bacteria"


Week 8 

October 16th - No Seminar


Week 9 

October 23rd

Dr. Jeremiah Gassensmith, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UT Dallas

"Delivering Proteins to Hot and Hostile Places (and Supramolecular Metal-Free MRI Contrast Agents)"


Weeks 10 

October 30th - No Seminar


Week 11 

November 6th

Prof. Jin Zhang, Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept, UC Santa Cruz

"Novel Properties of Metal Halide Perovskites: From Quantum Dots to Magic Sized Clusters and Molecular Clusters"


Weeks 12, 13, and 14 

November 13th, November 20th, and December 4th - No Seminar


Week 15 

December 11th

Dr. Rebeca Arevalo, Chemistry and Chemical Biology Dept, UC Merced

"Making and breaking bonds with transition-metal complexes"