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Thesis Defense

Nanomaterials in Diverse Dimensions: Synthesis, Properties and Applications

Friday, June 2, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ruquan Ye, Doctoral Candidate

The discovery of C60 at Rice University has boosted the development of nanotechnology in the past decades. Materials at nanoscale possess distinct and excellent properties as compared to their bulk counterparts. Endowed with advantageous physical, ch more  »

Thesis Defense

Tuning Rhodium enhanced metalloprobes for intracellular use

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Matthew Minus, Doctoral Candidate

Transition-metal complexes have a significant history as intracellular medicinal agents. Modern chemical biology increasingly turns to transition-metal complexes as inhibitors, imaging agents, biological probes, and catalysts. When metal complexes mu more  »



Teaching old proteins new tricks: Engineering metalloenzymes for energy conversion reactions

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hannah Shafaat, Ohio State University

The impending energy crisis is one of the biggest challenges that scientists of today face. At the root of this problem lie the dual issues of limited fossil fuel supplies and rising CO2 levels, both of which threaten severe ecological damage. On a m more  »



Ab initio free energy calculations for adsorption and reactions in nanoporous systems

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Joachim Sauer, Professor of Chemistry, Humboldt University Berlin

The ab initio prediction of reaction rate or equilibrium constants for systems with hundreds of atoms with an accuracy that is comparable to experiment is a challenge for computational quantum chemistry. We present a divide-and-conquer strategy that more  »