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

                                 GOLDEN GOGGLES LECTURE

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”

                                 GOLDEN GOGGLES LECTURE

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”

                                 GOLDEN GOGGLES LECTURE

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

                                  Superbugs”  GOLDEN GOGGLES LECTURE

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”

Feb 06th, 2015       Dr. Jesse D. Carrick, Tennessee Tech University

                                 “Experiential Investigations in Organic Synthesis”

Feb 27th, 2015       Dr. Dennis Salahub, University of Calgary

                                 Distinguished CBAS Lecture Series

                                 “Multiscale Modeling of in-situ Oil Sands Upgrading

                                  with Molybdenum Carbide Nanoparticles”

Apr 03rd, 2015      Dr. Christopher Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology

                                 "CO2 Capture with Supported Amine Materials: Materials

                                  and Process Chemistry Advances for Greenhouse Gas

                                  Mitigation"  GOLDEN GOGGLES LECTURE

Apr 10th, 2015       Dr. Bob Read, Tennessee Department of Health

                                 “Environmental Laboratory Challenges”

Apr 16th, 2015        Ms. Tasha Frick (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Chemistry Teachers' Journey Through Modeling


Apr 17th, 2015        Dr. Michelle Oakes, US Environmental Protection Agency

                                  National Center for Environmental Assessment

                                  (Research Triangle, NC)

                                  “Air Quality and Human Exposure Near Sources”

May 27th, 2015        Mr. Abdullah Shamsuddin (MS thesis defense)

                                 “Characterization of Adenosine nucleosidase from

                                  Alaska Pea Seeds"

May 28th, 2015        Mr. Badri Mainali (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Cation Exchange in PbS Quantum Dots: Kinetics of Cd

                                  Exchange and Effects on Electronic Properties"

June 17th, 2015      Mr. Mulugeta B. Wayu (MOBI PhD defense)

                                  “Developing an Amperometric Method for Selective

                                  Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide”

July 10th, 2015         Ms. Ebtsam Setah (MS thesis defense)

                                  “Air Quality Monitoring in Memphis and Surrounding Areas

                                  in 2014 Analyzed by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectro-

                                  metry (GC-MS)”

July 10th, 2015        Ms. Maryam Aldoghaim (MS thesis defense)

                                  "The Effects of Substituent Groups on the Surface Enhanced

                                  Raman Spectroscopy Signals of Aniline Derivatives"

Aug 4th, 2015     Mr. Ameen Alsubhi (MS thesis defense)

                                  "One-pot Multicomponent Coupling Synthesis of 2-Amino-

                                  3-Cyano-4H-Pyran Derivatives Using Deep Eutectic Solvents