Seminar Series in Photochemical Sciences

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

Typically, the seminar speakers will be on campus on Wednesdays. They meet with faculty during the day and each lunch with students.  The seminars are open to all students and faculty


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

Fall 2019

September 16, 2019
Erin Chernick - University of Tubingen
Title: Design and Synthesis of Functional Organic Molecules – From Renewable Energy
Devices to Spintronic Applications

September 18, 2019
Benjamin Schwartz - UCLA
Title - Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Device and Structural Studies of Charge Carriers in Doped Conjugated Polymers  

September 25, 2019
Pravas Deria - Southern Illinois University
Title: Towards Porous Light-Harvesting Frameworks: How Topology Controls the Critical Properties

October 2, 2019
Scott Hartley - Miami University
Title: Control of Molecular Geometry in Space and Time

October 16, 2019
Art van der Est - Brock Universty
Title: Spin Polarization in Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis

October 23, 2019
Title: TBA

October 30, 2019
Title: TBA

November 6, 2019
Shanlin Pan - University of Alabama
Title: Understanding Single Molecular and Single nanoparticle Electrochemistry with Combined Optical and Electrochemical Methods

November 13, 2019
Title: TBA

November 20, 2019
Arthur Winter - Iowa State University
Title: New Strategies to Achieve Photocaging Using Visible Light

November 29, 2019 - January 22, 2020
No Seminar Session

Winter 2020

January 29, 2020
Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy - Scripps Research Institute
Title: TBA

February 5, 2020
Adam Urbach - Trinity University
Title: TBA

February 12, 2020
Priya Varadan - Wacker Chemical
Title: TBA

February 19, 2020
Title: TBA

February 26, 2020
Title: TBA

March 5, 2020
Gavin M. King - University of Missouri-Columbia
Title: TBA

March 11, 2020
Miguel Garcia-Garibay - UCLA
Title: TBA

March 18-25, 2020
No Seminar Session

April 1, 2020
Jim McCusker - Michigan State University
Title: TBA

April 8, 2020
Hedi Mattoussi - Florida State University
Title: TBA

April 15, 2020
Ana de Bettencourt-Dias - University of Nevada, Reno
Title: TBA

April 22, 2020
Terry Miller - The Ohio State University
Title: TBA

April 29, 2020
Title: TBA

Winter 2019

February 6, 2019

Eakalak Khan

Title: Photodegradation of (E)- and (Z)-
Endoxifen: Kinetics, By-Products
Identification and Toxicity

February 27, 2019

John Porco - Boston University

Title: Recent Studies Towards the Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products

March 6, 2019

Yoan Simon - The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Title: Damage Control and Light Management Through Polymer Chemistry

March 27, 2019

Rosa Di Felice - USC

Title TBA

April 10, 2019

Jin He - Florida International University

Title: Developing Multifunctional Nanopipette for Single-entity Studies

April 17, 2019

Eric Anslyn - University of Texas

Title: Three Tales of Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry

April 23, 2019

Steffen Jockush - Columbia

Title: Mechanistic and Kinetic Studies of Reactive Intermediates in Photoinitiated
Processes: Photostabilization of Fluorophores and Photoinitiators for

April 24, 2019

Alexander Weiss - University of Texas - Arlington

Title: Applications of Antimatter in Surface Science

May 22, 2019

Se Ryeon Lee - PPG (Group Leader)

PPG Info Session


September 12, 2018
Alan Sellinger - Colorado School of Mines
Title - Organic Materials for Application in Radiation Detection and Solar Cells

September 19, 2018
Thai Thayumanavan - Umass Amherst
Title: Towards Autonomously Responding Artificial Molecular Assemblies

September 26, 2018
Binghe Wang - Georgia State University
Title TBA

October 10, 2018
Julia Chan - UT Dallas
Title TBA

October 24, 2018
Hien M. Nguyen - Wayne State University
Title TBA

November 7, 2018
Khalid Salaita - Emory University
Title TBA

December 5, 2018

Gary F Moore - Arizona State University
Title TBA

Fall Seminar 2014

October 15, 2014
Samuel Thomas-Tufts University

October 22, 2014
Jason Benedict- University of Buffalo

October 29, 2014
Jon Sprague-Ohio AG Center for Future of Forensic Science, BGSU

November 5, 2014
Katherine Franz-Duke University

November 21, 2014
Cassandra Fraser - University of Virginia

December 3, 2014
Ivan Aprahamian-Dartmouth

December 10, 2014
Stephen Maldonado-University of Michigan

Spring Semester 2014

January 15, 2014
Claudio Verani - Wayne State University
To be announced

January 22, 2014

January 29, 2014
Andrei Federov - Pacific Biosciences
Photophysical and Photochemical Challenges of Single Molecule, Real-Time DNA Sequencing

February 12, 2014
Suljo Linic - University of Michigan
Conversion of solar into chemical energy on plasmonic metal nanostructures

February 14, 2014
Steve Bradforth - University of Southern California
Solvent role on surface hopping and mode-specific energy dissipation: connecting ultrafast reaction dynamics in the gas and liquid phase.

March 5, 2014

John Rogers - University of Illinois
Materials for Biodegradable Electronics

March 12, 2014
Spring break - No seminar

March 19, 2014
Nicola Brasch - Kent State University
Cobalamins and Oxidative Stress: Exploring a New, Novel Role for Vitamin B12

March 26, 2014
Eric Masson - Ohio University
Reactions and conformational changes in and around Cucurbiturils

April 2, 2014
Jim Imlay - University of Illinois
Molecular explanations for the toxicity of oxygen

April 4, 2014
Clemens Burda - Case Western University
Femtosecond Laser Spectroscopy and Applications of Heterostructured Nanomaterials

April 9, 2014
Marcus Jones - University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Plasmonic enhancement of multi-exciton emission in colloidal quantum dots

April 16, 2014
Ken Merz - Michigan State University
Free Energies from a Molecular Printing Press

April 30, 2014
Marco Bonizzoni - University of Alabama
Polyelectrolytes as supramolecular hosts in water

Fall Semester 2013

September 4, 2013
Makoto Fujita - University of Tokyo
Crystallography without Crystals

September 13, 2013
Michito Yoshizawa - Tokyo Institute of Technology
Functional Supramolecular Capsules with Anthracene Shells

Luigi Fabbrizzi - Universita di Pavia
Caged Anions (Living in a Cage is a Restricted Privilege)

September 18, 2013
Dennis Stuehr - Cleveland Clinic
How do enzymes make nitric oxide, a moleculre used in biology and medicine?

October 2, 2013
Brian Crane - Cornell University
Structure and Mechanism of Circadian Clock Light Sensors

October 9, 2013
Steven Loeb - University of Windsor

Organizing Mechanically Interlocked Molecules to Function Inside Metal-Organic Frameworks

October 16, 2013
Carlos Crespo - Case Western University
DNA Under Attack: How UV Radiation Affects the Integrity of DNA

October 30, 2013
Adam Matzger - University of Michigan
From better health to improved lethality: Controlling crystalization of pharmaceuticals and explosives.

November 6, 2013
Lei Zhu - Florida State University
FRET-Based Indicators for Zinc Ions

November 20, 2013
Farida Selim - Bowling Green State University
Novel Luminescence Spectroscopic Techniques and Applications

November 27, 2013
Thanksgiving Break - No seminar

December 4, 2013
Ramakrishna Guda - Western Michigan University
Electron-phonon Interactions in Atomically Mono-dispersed Quantum-sized Gold Clusters