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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

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Philosophical Issues in Modeling Nanoscale Systems

Speaker/Presenter: Julia Bursten
Location: CP-114
Abstract: The philosophy of science studies how individual scientific concepts, models, theories, and experiments all influence the development of scientific knowledge. My research in the philosophy of nanoscience applies methods from philosophy of science to understanding how problems raised by nanoscience have changed our understanding of concepts, theories, and models from physics, materials science, and inorganic chemistry. For instance, studying the synthesis, simulation, and characterization of mixed-metal nanoclusters raises questions about whether these objects count as alloys.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Electronic and Electrochemical Devices from Conductive Polymer Interfaces

Speaker/Presenter: Erin Ratcliff
Location: CP-114

Conductive polymer electrodes have exceptional promise for next generation electronic and electrochemical devices due to inherent mechanical flexibility, printability, biocompatibility, and low cost.

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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Can the biorefinery survive cheap oil? Opportunities for converting lignin to biobased chemicals.

Speaker/Presenter: Joseph Bozell
Location: CP-114
The economic viability of the petrochemical industry is predicated on the simultaneous production of chemicals and fuels, with high volumes of low value fuel addressing the strategic energy needs of the US, and high value chemicals providing the industry’s critical economic foundation. This operational model would be ideal for the growing biorefining industry, but even after years of effort, biofuels remain the biorefinery’s primary focus, as the breadth and sophistication of technology for biobased chemical production lags far behind that of the petrochemical industry.

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Programming π-System Structure and Function by Hydrogen Bonding

Speaker/Presenter: Ron Castellano
Location: CP-114
Although “ordered” organic π-conjugated assemblies outperform “disordered” ones in many optoelectronic device applications, we are far from being able to port the well-understood supramolecular recipes of π-systems from solution to solid-state device environments. For the past several years we have been exploring hydrogen bond (H-bond) directed self-assembly of π-systems along these lines, for example, to enhance their absorption and charge transport properties for organic photovoltaic (OPV) applications.

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Friday, October 13, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

The Photophysical Properties of Porphyrin Thin Films and Thiazolothiazole Viologens

Speaker/Presenter: Michael Walter
Location: CP-114

Linking molecular structure with excited-state photochemical dynamics is crucial for engineering efficient organic solar cells and related photochemical applications. Two molecular dye systems are currently under investigation in our lab: carboalkoxyphenylporphyrins in solution-cast thin films and a new family of highly fluorescent thiazolothiazole viologen dyes. The singlet exciton diffusion lengths of solution-cast porphyrin thin films with various alkyl chain lengths have been examined.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Chemistry Department Seminar

Speaker/Presenter: Noa Marom
Location: CP-114

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Friday, November 3, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Chemistry Department Seminar

Speaker/Presenter: Mike Schmidt
Location: CP-114

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Chemistry Department Seminar

Speaker/Presenter: Mike Crowder
Location: CP-114

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Friday, November 17, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Chemistry Department Seminar

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Location: CP-114

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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Chemistry Department Seminar

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Location: CP-114

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Friday, December 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm

Chemistry Department Seminar

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Location: CP-114

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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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