Chemistry Department

Bowling Green's proud tradition of excellence in chemistry begins with a dedicated faculty providing a wide range of courses, including sequences in biochemistry, analytical, organic, physical, inorganic chemistry, and opportunities in materials science. Courses are supported with excellent laboratory facilities and state of the art instrumentation. Chemistry has been central to the development of an interdisciplinary program in materials science and is an important part of BGSU's program in scientific computing.


Along with a B.S. in Chemistry, the Department also offers a M.S. degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences. The Center for Photochemical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry have developed a uniquely focused Ph.D. program in the photochemical sciences, designed for students with backgrounds in physics, biological sciences or chemistry. The coursework prepares students in the area of photochemistry and photophysics, and examines applications in fundamental areas of chemistry, materials science, biological sciences, physics, and spectroscopy and/or photopolymer science.

Graduates of the Bowling Green chemistry program are sought after by graduate schools, medical and dental schools, by the chemical industry, and in many allied research entities around the United States. The University has had a long-standing commitment to public education in the State of Ohio, and many of the finest chemistry teachers in the State are counted among Bowling Green's nearly 100,000 living alumni. Graduate students and post-doctoral research associates come to the university from many states and a number of foreign countries to study in specific research programs directed by Bowling Green's chemistry professors.

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All seminars will be held in Overman Hall 123 at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2016

September 7, 2016
Dr. David Nagib - The Ohio State University 
A Radical Chaperone Strategy for Directed C-H Functionalization

September 14, 2016
Charles Musgrave - CU Boulder
Organic Photocatalysts for Photopolymerizations Powerful Photoredox Reducing Agents Driven by Visible Light

September 28, 2016
Jeremy Klosterman - Bowling Green State University
Directing Aggregation of Donor-Acceptor organic dyes within Metal-organic Frameworks

October 5, 2016
John Papnikolas - UNC Chapel Hill
Visualizing Carrier Dynamics in Semiconducting Nanowires with Ultrafast Microscope

October 12, 2016
Michael Walter  - UNC Charlotte
Structural modifications to enhance exciton diffusion in porphyrin thin films and single crystals

October 19, 2016
John Miller - Brookhaven
Characteristics of Conjugated Polymers and Electron Transfer for Solar Energy Conversion

October 26, 2016
Yang Zhang, University of Michigan
Protein structure prediction and protein design

November 2, 2016
Delia Milliron - UT Austin
Tuning Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance in Metal Oxide Nanocrystals

November 9, 2016
Andrew Bocarsly - Princeton
Solar Fuels From Photoelectrochemical Cells: New Semiconductor-Electrolyte Interfaces for the Reduction of CO2 and H2O

November 16, 2016
Bharat Dhital - Bowling Green State University
Single-Molecule Interfacial Electron Transfer Dynamics in Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Nanoparticles

November 30, 2016
Giuseppe Giammanco - Bowling Green State University 
From Iron, Sugars and Light to Advanced Materials

December 7, 2016
Matthew Beard - NREL
Title TBA

January 11, 2017
Douglas Genna - Youngstown State
Title TBA

January 18, 2017
John Keith - Pittsburgh
In Silico Searches for Renewable Energy Catalysts Through Chemical Compound Space

February 15, 2017
Laura Gagliardi - University of Minnesota 
Computationally Guided Discovery of Metal-Decorated Metal-Organic Frameworks Active for Catalysis

March 1, 2017
Nicholas Strandwitz - Lehigh University
Title TBA

March 22, 2017
Tim Lian - Emory
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March 29, 2017
Ming Lee Tang - UC Riverside 
Directing Energy Transfer Between Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Molecules

April 12, 2017
Plamen Atanassov - UNM
Title TBA

April 26, 2017
Psaras McGrier - The Ohio State University 
Title TBA