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Rice Firsts in Buckytube Research and the Bright Future of Single Chirality Carbon Nanotubes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Edward and Fofo Lewis Lecture. The talk will highlight previous seminal research on Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes, SWCNTs, by Rice faculty and staff. It will also discuss the various directions that current research on SWCNTs has taken with com more  »


"Gene Regulation at the Single-Molecule Level”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Jie Xiao, Assistant Professor, Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, John Hopkins University

Gene regulation primarily occurs at the level of transcription In prokaryotes. Transcription factors (TFs) play important roles in determining when, where and at what level a gene is transcribed. Many transcription factors are expressed at low levels more  »


Computational Modeling of the Eukaryotic Cytoskeleton

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Garegin Papoian, Monroe Martin Associate Professor Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Director of Graduate Admissions, University of Maryland

Abstract: Actin polymerization in vivo is regulated spatially and temporally by a web of signaling proteins. We developed detailed physico-chemical, stochastic models of lamellipodia and filopodia, which are projected by eukaryotic cells during cell more  »

Thesis Defense

Sensing amyloid aggregation using photoluminescent Ruthenium(II) probes

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Nathan Cook, Doctoral Candidate

Photoluminescent transition metals have been widely used to detect a variety of biological molecules, including the seminal work of a ruthenium(II) ligand for the “light-up” detection of DNA in 1990. This thesis focuses on the novel application of ru more  »


Probe Surfaces with Light

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
W. David Wei, Assistant Professor of Analytical, Physical, and Materials Chemistry, University of Florida

Using sunlight to facilitate and promote valuable chemical reactions is an ideal solution to the challenge of meeting future energy demands. Our group aims to address fundamental questions concerning surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-mediated interfac more  »

Thesis Defense

Vibrational Energy Dissipation in Condensed Phase Investigated by Multiple-Mode Multiple-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy

Monday, April 7, 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jiebo Li, Doctoral Candidate

The methodology of ultrafast multiple-mode multiple-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy has been developed and applied to investigate the vibrational energy dissipation in condensed phase. In particular, experiments have been focused on the studies more  »

Thesis Defense

Novel Techniques for Optical Characterization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Samples

Friday, April 4, 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jason Streit, Doctoral Candidate

Photoluminescence spectroscopy has emerged as a powerful tool for characterizing the structure and optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) samples. This thesis will discuss the development and application of new fluorescence-based more  »

Thesis Defense

Design of Heterotrimeric Collagen Triple Helices

Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Abhishek Anan Jalan, Doctoral Candidate

Design of heterotrimeric collagen triple helices is challenging due to the increase in the number of competing states possible in binary or ternary mixtures of peptides required for the self-assembly of an AAB or ABC-type heterotrimer. Introducing bi more  »


Super-Resolution and Single-Molecule Analysis of Sequence-Based Target Search in Bacteria

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Taekjip Ha, Gutgsell Professor of Physics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



Life After Rice – A 20+ Year Love Affair with Acetylenes, Annulenes and Indenofluorenes

Friday, March 28, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Michael Haley, Richard M. & Patricia H. Noyes Professor, University of Oregon

This talk will present a contemporary description of all kinds of alkyne chemistry. The first part of the lecture describes the Haley lab’s synthesis of dehydrobenzoannulenes, acetylene-linked macrocycles, and their use as functional pi-electron-ric more  »


Semiconductor Nanocrystals for Robust and Efficient Solar Hydogen Production

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Todd Kraus, Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Professor of Optics, University of Rochester

Homogeneous molecular-based systems for light-driven reduction of protons to H2 typically suffer from short lifetimes because of decomposition of the light-absorbing molecule, such as an organic dye. A complementary approach to entirely molecular sys more  »


A Novel Class of PN3 Pincer Ligands for Metal-Ligand Cooperative Catalysis

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kuo-Wei Huang, Assistant Professor, Chemical Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

A new class of pincer ligands that have a unique disubstituted phosphinoamino (NH-PR2) arm is introduced. Upon complexation to transition metals, a series of ruthenium, rhodium, nickel, iron, chromium, and cobalt complexes have been proven to be effi more  »


Royal Society of Chemistry Roadshow

Monday, March 24, 2014, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Royal Society of Chemistry will be visiting Rice University. Register to attend at www.rsc.org/roadshow 3:00-4:00pm How to get your research noticed by the media Dell Butcher Hall Room: 180 4:00-5:00pm How to get your work published in more  »

Thesis Defense

Range-separated hybrids combining a range-separated Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional with exact exchange and random phase approximation correlation

Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Robert Irelan, Masters Candidate

Previous methods of combining a short-range density functional approximation with treatment of the long range using exact exchange and random phase approximation correlation have been extended by replacing a range-separated local density approximatio more  »


THz Spectroscopy: Studying Carrier Dynamics and Solar Energy Conversion in Nanostructured Materials and Progress Toward THz VCD

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Charles Schmuttenmaer, Professor of Chemistry, Yale University

Terahertz spectroscopy has proven itself to be an excellent non-contact probe of charge injection and conductivity with sub-picosecond time resolution. One may exploit this capability to study a variety of materials, and here we choose to probe the t more  »


Palladium(0)-catalyzed C(sp3)–H bond activation for the construction of fused ring systems

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Olivier Baudoin, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon

Research efforts from our group in the past decade have focused on the functionalization of unactivated C(sp3)-H bonds by catalysis by palladium complexes.1 In particular, we have shown that reactions involving the intramolecular C–H activation of more  »


Organic Photoredox Catalysis: Methods and Mechanistic Insight

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
David Nicewicz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina

Single electron pathways are prevalent in numerous biosynthetic pathways that are crucial to life on our planet. As synthetic chemists, we seek to harness the power of these open-shell processes to achieve uncommon but valuable chemical reactivity. T more  »


CTBP Special Seminar

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Chenghang Zong, Baylor College of Medicine

"Whole Genome Amplification and Sequencing of Single Human Cells" more  »


Three Vignettes on the Structure and Reactivity of Ligated Magic Number Gold Clusters

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Chris Ackerson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University

Electronic and geometric shell fillings compete to stabilize magic number metal clusters, as revealed for gas phase clusters in decades past. Metal clusters for which electronic stabilization dominates are understood as superatoms, where superatomic more  »


CTBP Special Seminar

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Dr. Frank Noe Computational Molecular Biology Group Freie Universitaet Berlin "Markov models and projected Markov models: molecular kinetics from simulations and experiments" more  »


CTBP Seminar

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Dr. Erez Lieberman Aiden Department of Genetics Baylor College of Medicine "How the Genome Folds" more  »

Thesis Defense

Engineering Silver Nanoparticles: Towards a Tunable Antimicrobial

Monday, March 3, 2014, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hema Lakshmi Puppala, Doctoral Candidate

Overwhelming production of commercially available products containing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) underscores the studies determining their fate in the environment. In order to regulate the use, assess the environmental impact and develop eco-respon more  »



Studies of Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecular Complexes by Single Molecule and Two-Dimensional Fluorescence Spectroscopy (2DFS)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Andrew Marcus, Professor - Physical Chemistry, University of Oregon

The properties of biological macromolecules are greatly influenced by local soft interactions between proteins, nucleic acids, sugars and lipids. Such interactions affect the stability of biomolecular complexes, as well as the barriers that must be s more  »


CTBP Seminar

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Dr. Chin-Lin Guo California Institute of Technology "Mechanics driven Self-organization in Tissue-Scale Tubulogenesis" more  »


Using a Build/Couple/Pair Algorithm to Generate Small Molecules for High-Throughput and Fragment-Based Approaches

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Damian Young, Assistant Director, Center for Drug Discovery Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Pathology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine


New Cyclization Cascades for Natural Product Synthesis

Monday, February 17, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Alison Frontier, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Rochester

The development of novel, synthetically useful cyclization cascades will be described. The cascades involve electrocyclic reactions, cationic rearrangements, and conjugate addition-initiated sequences, and high levels of stereochemical control are a more  »


Copy of CTBP Seminar

Monday, February 17, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Dr, Kunihiko Kaneko University of Tokyo "Evolution of Robustness" more  »