Past Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Chemistry Department Seminars

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      Date                                    Speaker/ Presentation Title

Oct  07, 2010         Dr. Charles Chusuei (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                  “Tethering Nanoparticles to Carbon Nanotubes for Improved Fuel Cell


Oct 28, 2010          Dr. Martin V. Stewart and Strokes R. Swann (MTSU Chem Dept); and

                                   Dr. James X. Corgan (Geology Dept, Austin Peay State University)

                                   “History as Chemistry”

Nov 19, 2010         Dr. Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard Univ & Massachussetts Instit Technol)

                                  “Microengineered Hydrogels for Stem Cell Bioengineering and Tissue 


Nov 22, 2010         Dr. Eva Zurek (Chemistry Dept, Univ at Buffalo SUNY)

                                   “Predicting the Structures of Solids Under Extreme Conditions using 

                                   Evolutionary Algorithms”

Jan  26, 2011          Dr. James M. Tour (Smalley Institute for Science & Technology, Rice Univ)

                                   “Nanomaterials, Nanoelectronics, Nanomedicine and Nanocars”

Feb 17, 2011           Dr. Cianan B. Russell (School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia

                                    Institute of Technology)

                                   “Laboratory Conundrum: A Qualitative Comparison of the Traditional

                                    Laboratory, Inquiry, and Classroom-Based Authentic Research

                                    Experiences in General Chemistry”

Feb 24, 2011          Dr. Marinda Li Wu (Board of Directors, American Chemical Society)

                                   “A Personal and Professional Journey into the 21st Century”

Mar 17, 2011         Ms. Anuradha Liyana Pathiranage (MS thesis presentation)

                                   “Synthesis of Cyclopropyl Peptidomimetics with Potential Anit HIV


Apr 7, 2011            Mr. Brian A. Bachner (MS thesis presentation)

                                    “Nutrient Anion Sorption in Fly-Ash Mixed Pervious Concrete”

Apr 14, 2011          Ms. Vanessa E. Hobbs (MS thesis defense)

                                   “Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Smoke Samples from Herbal


Apr  21, 2011         Mr. Shravan Mallavarapu (MS thesis defense)

                                   “Correlation of Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Physicochemical Properties

                                   with Cytotoxicity”

Sep 23, 2011          Dr. Paul S. Simone (University of Memphis)

                                   “On-Line Monitoring of Drinking Water Disinfection By-products:

                                   Challenges and Solutions”

Oct 07, 2011           Dr. Kevin M. Bucholtz (Mercer University)

                                   “Research from the Laboratory and the Classroom: Design of

                                   Compounds for the Inhibition of 3µ-HSD1 and Indicator of

                                   Success in Organic Chemistry”

Nov 04, 2011         Dr. Earl F. Pearson (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                 “Balancing Equations with Only Two Variables and Stoichiometry by

                                  Rebalancing the Equation”

Nov 11, 2011         Mr. Adedoyin “Tunde” Osinloye (MS thesis presentation)

                                 “Regioselective Mixed Double Coupling of Dihaloheteroaromatics:

                                   Palladium Catalyzed Reaction using Suzuki and Sonogashira Cross-

                                   Coupling Approach”

Nov 18, 2011         Ms. Farhana Akhter (CHEM 6800)

                                  “Toxicological Study of the Formation of Melamine-Cyanurate

                                  Complex in Aqueous and Physiological Matrices”


Feb  24, 2012         Mr. Mulugeta Wayu (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Modification of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes Using Zinc Oxide

                                  Nanoparticles for Improved Electrocatalytic Detection of Hydrogen


Mar 02, 2012         Mr. Kevin Lavender (MS thesis defense)

                                 “Palladium Catalyzed Sonogashira and Suzuki Couplings Using a One-Pot  


Mar 16, 2012         Mr. Peter Cothron (MS thesis defense)

                                 “The Detection and Depletion of Chemical Weapons Models Using

                                  Mesoporous TiO2 Thin Films”

Apr  06, 2012         Mr. Kevin Lavender (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Palladium Catalyzed Sonogashira and Suzuki Couplings using a

                                   One-Pot Approach”

Apr 12, 2012          Mr. Peter Cothron (MS thesis defense)

                                   “The Detection and Depletion of Chemical Weapons Models using

                                   Mesoporous TiO2 Thin Films”

Apr 20, 2012          Dr. Anna Mapp (Univ of Michigan)

                                   “Small Molecule Transcriptional Regulators”

Jun 07, 2012           Ms. Archana Tirumala (MS thesis defense)

                                   “Extraction of Fluoranthene and Pyrene from Acetone-Water Mixtures for

                                   Fly Ash Amended Pervious Concrete Studies”

Jul 18, 2012            Mr. Phillip Mnirajd (MS thesis defense)

                                   “Synthesis of Non-Halogenated Phosphorus Flame Retardants for

                                    Engineering Resins”

Oct 03, 2012          Dr. Gregory B. Dudley (Florida State Univ, Tallahassee, FL)

                                   “Recent Innovations in Alkyne Chemistry”

Dec 05, 2012          Mr. James Ladd II (MS thesis defense)

                                   “Synthesis of Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid Derivatives via Suzuki and

                                   Stille Cross-Coupling Reactions and Subsequent Nickel Desulfurization

                                   and Reduction”

Dec 14, 2012          Ms. Shabnam F. Arefin (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Retention of Water Contaminants by Fly Ash Amended Pervious

                                   Concrete Blocks”

Feb 08, 2013          Dr. Jacqueline Johnson (UT-Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN)

                                  “Nanoparticles in Medicine” [co-sponsored by MTSU Pre-Scripts


Mar 01, 2013         Dr. Chengshan Wang (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                  "Application of Langmuir Monolayer and C13 Isotope Edited FTIR in

                                    Neurodegenerative Disease"

Apr 25, 2013          Ms. Samantha Keene (MS thesis defense)

                                  “The Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during Various

                                   Stages of Decomposition”

Apr 26, 2013          Dr. Richard Lostritto (US Food and Drug Administration)

                                 “Chemistry and the Drug Review Process at the Food and Drug

                                  Administration (FDA): Illustrative Case Studies”

Apr 26, 2013          Dr. Jesse R. Sabatini (US Army’s Armament Research, Development

                                 and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal

                                 “Technological Advances in ‘Green’ Pyrotechnics”

May 02, 2013         Ms. Zharah Altawil (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Isolating Nucleoside Metabolizing Enzymes from Alaska Pea Seeds”

Jun 12, 2013          Mr. Arjun Kafle (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Cu(I)-catalyzed Single Step One-pot Synthesis of 1,4-disubstituted

                                   Triazoles using Deep Eutectic Solvent (DES)”

Jun 21, 2013          Mr. Tuphan Devkota (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Selective Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide, Uric Acid and

                                   Acetominophen Using Zinc Oxide-Carbon Nanotube Composites”

Jun 24, 2013          Mr. Ram Chandra Dhakal (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Synthesis of Various Iodyl Compounds of Iodoarenes and Tetrazoles

                                   Using OxoneTM as an Oxidant”

Jul  10, 2013           Ms. Chasity Suttle Bagsby (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Extraction and Detection of Pentobarbital in Soil by Solid Phase

                                   Extraction and Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry”

Sept 20, 2013        Dr. Andrew V. Teplyakov (Univ of Delaware)

                                 “Designing a Well-defined Interface between Biomolecules      

                                  and Semiconductors for Biosensing Applications”

Sept 20, 2013        Dr. Kelly Perry (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

                                 “Electron Microscope Tools to Further Our Understanding

                                  for Fuel Cell Materials”

Oct 04, 2013          Ms. Sneha Potana (MS thesis defense)

                                 “Determination of the Conformation of Specific Residues in a Model

                                  Peptide by C-13 Isotope Edited ATR-FTIR in Regular Water”

Oct 11, 2013          Dr. Gary Wulfsberg (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                 “More than Clicking with Students: General Chemistry Active

                                  Learning Technology-based Strategies Proven to Improve

                                  Long-term Retention at MTSU” [presentation slides in pdf]

Oct 18, 2013          Dr. Kevin Bicker (MTSU Chem Dept)           

                                 “Solid-phase Peptoid Libraries: A Tool for Drug Discovery”

Oct 25, 2013          Dr. Keying Ding (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                 “Base Metal Catalysts for Sustainable Energy”

Nov 01, 2013         Ms. Katrina Smith (MS thesis defense)

                                 “Synthesis of Cyclopropyl Peptidomimetics as BACE1 Inhibitors”

Nov 06, 2013         Ms. Jabe Kiri (MS thesis defense)

                                 “Dendronic Surfaces for Detection of Surface Vapors”

Nov 08, 2013         Ms. Lola S. JarAllah (MS thesis defense)

                                 “Characterization of Adenosine Nucleosidase from Soybean

                                  Seeds (Glycine max L.)”

Nov 08, 2013         Mr. Anup K. Deb (MS thesis defense)

                                 “Amperometric Detection with a Dendrimer-Encapsulated Platinum 

                                  Nanoparticle-Carbon Nanotube Composite”

Nov 22, 2013         Dr. John DiVincenzo (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                 “Paving the Way to Better Water Quality”

Nov 26, 2013         Mr. Craig A. Lampert (MS thesis defense)

                                 “Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds by Sorbent Tube and

                                  Infrared Spectroscopic Techniques”

Feb  07, 2014         Dr. Jing Kong (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                 “Challenges to Computation: From Breakup of a Hydrogen

                                 Molecule to Ligand-Protein Binding”

Feb  21, 2014         Dr. Nadja Cech (Univ of North Carolina - Greensboro)

                                 “Anti-Virulence Compounds from Nature: Outsmarting the


Mar 07, 2014         Dr. Julia Brumaghim (Clemson Univ)

                                 “You Are What You Eat: Fruit Polyphenols Prevent

                                  Oxidative DNA Damage Through Metal Coordination”

Mar 24, 2014         Mr. Ben King (MS Thesis defense)

                                  “A Comparison Study between Coupled And Non-coupled

                                    Systems of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) and C60-fullerene for

                                    the Application of Organic Solar Cells”

Mar 28, 2014         Dr. Andrew Burden (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                  “FROM COTTON TO CANCER: Catalytic Inhibition of DNA

                                   Topoisomerase II by Gossypol”

Apr 03, 2014          Mr. Matthew Robinson (MS thesis defense)

                                  “The Effect of Pyramidalization at Nitrogen in a Series of

                                   Donor-π-Acceptor Dyes”

Apr 04, 2014          Dr. Hong Guo (Univ of Tennessee­–Knoxville)

                                 “Simulations of Complex Biological Systems”

Apr 07, 2014          Mr. Peter Haddix (MS thesis defense)

                                  "Toward Fluorescence Enhancement of Dyes in Mesoporous

                                   SiO2 and Organic Films"

Apr 25, 2014           Dr. Martin V. Stewart (MTSU Chem Dept)

                                  “Archibald Belcher: First Chemistry/Physics Professor at

                                   MTSU” (Co-sponsored by the MTSU Physics Dept)

Jun  11, 2014       Ms. Rachael Hall (MS thesis defense)

                               “Group Dynamic and its Effect on Classroom Climate,

                                Achievement, and Time in Lab in the Organic Chemistry”


Jun 16, 2014        Ms. Ashley Lipscomb (MS thesis defense)

                               “An Investigation into the Bioactive Components of

                                Euphorbia hirta and Pandanus tectorius                             

Jun 17, 2014        Ms. Kara Cole Dawson (MS thesis defense)

                               “Synthesis of Belactosin A Analogs”

Jun 18, 2014        Ms. Kateryna Ogorodnik (MS thesis defense)

                               “Nucleoside Hydrolase Amino Acid Sequences from Plants”

Jun 19, 2014        Ms. Jamie Avant (MS thesis defense)

                               “Purification and Characterization of Bovine Liver Uridine  


Aug 04, 2014        Mr. Sergiy Ustynov (MS thesis defense)

                               “Survey of Nucleoside Degrading Enzyme Activities in Soybean

                               Corn and Yellow Lupin

Sept 26, 2014      Dr. Peter Pulay (University of Arkansas)

                               “The Calculation of Intermolecular Interaction Energies”

Oct 01, 2014        Dr. Donna Nelson (University of Oklahoma)

                               “Improving Organic Chemistry Education by Comparing


Oct  03, 2014       Dr. Charles Chusuei (MTSU Chem Dept - Tenure Tour)

                               Part I: "Cytotoxicity in the Age of Nano: the Role of Fourth

                                            Period Transition Metal Oxide Physicochemical

                                            Properties "                        

                               Part II: "Designing Electrocatalyst Composites for Chemical


Oct  08, 2014       Ms. Olaa Alharbi (MS thesis defense)

                               “Determination of the Relationship Between the Geometric

                               Structure of a Model Peptide and its 13C Isotope-Edited

                               Spectroscopy in H2O by ATR”

Oct  10, 2014       Dr. De-en Jiang (University of California at Riverside)

                               “What Can Molecular Simulation Do for Global Warming?”

Oct  20, 2014       Dr. Harry Kroto (Florida State University)  (Nobel Laureate)

                               “Carbon in Nano and Outer Space”

Oct  24, 2014       Dr. William Tolman (University of Minnesota)

                               “Plastic from Plants: The Chemistry of Sustainable Polymers”

Oct 30, 2014        Ms. Elsbeth Griffiths (MS thesis defense)

                               "Creation of an Energetic, Polymeric 1,2,3-Triazole from

                               Aryl Azides"                           

Nov 21, 2014       Dr. Vlad Iluc (University of Notre Dame)

                               “Secondary Metal-Ligand Interactions: C-H Activation and

                               Metal-Element Multiple Bonding”