Each month, and often more frequently, a chemist from industry or academia presents a seminar on his or her research as part of our Departmental Seminar Series. Ph.D. candidates who are close to graduation also present seminars on their work in Departmental or Divisional Seminars, and newer graduate students present within their division. For a list of upcoming seminars please see below.

Upcoming Chemistry Department Seminars

(View previous Chemistry department seminars)

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Alumni Career Panel

Speaker/Presenter: Jeffrey Lomprey, Susan Griffith, Tanea Reed, Alyson Ackerman, and Vince Stapp
Location: CP-114




Tags: chemistry

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

William N. Lipscomb Centennial Celebration

Speaker/Presenter: Prof. Marjorie Senechal, Prof. Irving Epstein, Prof. Doug Rees
Location: W.T. Young Library Auditorium

During the afternoon of October 24, 2019 the Chemistry Department will celebrate the 100th birthday (on December 9) of William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr., who is perhaps our most illustrious graduate.  Lipscomb grew up in Lexington, graduated in 1941 from the University of Kentucky with a major in chemistry, and earned his Ph.D.

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Dawson Lecture

Speaker/Presenter: Dr. Melanie Sanford
Location: W.T. Young Library Auditorium


This presentation will describe our group's recent advances in developing metal-mediated/catalyzed methods for introducing fluorine into organic molecules. Our efforts into this area are guided by detailed fundamental studies of stoichiometric organometallic bond-forming reactions. These fundamental studies will be described in detail, and their translation to practical applications (particularly in the context of the synthesis of PET imaging agents) will be discussed.


Friday, November 15, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Department Seminar

Speaker/Presenter: Dr. Steven Mansoorabadi
Location: CP-114

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Department Seminar

Speaker/Presenter: Dr. Jianhua Xing
Location: CP-114

Tags: chemistry seminar

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Department Seminar

Speaker/Presenter: Dr. Thomas Prisinzano
Location: CP-114

Other Seminars of Interest
Lexington-Bluegrass Local ACS Section Seminars, linked here, are also crosslisted in our Departmental Seminar Series. Depending on your research interests, you may want to attend seminars at the Departments of PhysicsChemical and Materials EngineeringBiochemistryPharmaceutical SciencesBiomedical Research Sciences, or Biological Sciences, as well as the Center for Applied Energy Research.
You may be interested in seminars at the University of Louisville, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
World-class chemists speak every year at the Oesper Symposium at the University of Cincinnati, the Brown Lectures at Purdue University, and the Derby Lectures at the University of Louisville.
UK Lectures at Regional Institutions 
Many of our faculty members are invited to universities across the continent.  You can find information about these lectures here.  If you would like one of our faculty to present a lecture at your regional institution, with emphasis in reaching undergraduate audiences, please let us know by contacting the relevant faculty member.
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