Chemistry, Material Science, and Biotechnology Seminar Series

Seminars are usually held in 

Materials Science Center 112

 on Friday afternoons from 

2:00 - 3:00 PM

(Please check individual notices for times and locations of each seminar.)

Fall 2012

Spring 2012
Fall 2011
Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
Fall 2009
Spring 2009
Fall 2008 


Fall 2012 Schedule

September 21, 2012

Dr. Jung Peng Gao
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Alabama in Huntsville

Title TBA

October 12, 2012

Dr. Weijie Lu
Air Force Research Laboratory

Title TBA 

October 19, 2012

Dr. Megan Macnaughtan
Department of Chemistry
Louisiana State University

Title TBA

October 26, 2012

Dr. Nicholas Fitzkee
Department of Chemistry
Mississippi State Univeristy

Title TBA

November 9, 2012

Careers in Chemistry Panel

November 16, 2012

Dr. Olga Friedman

Title TBA

November 30, 2012

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Title TBA


Spring 2012 Schedule

January 20, 2012

Dr. Gerald Wilemski
Department of Physics
Missouri University of Science and Technology

"Structure of Multicomponent Nanodroplets from Theory and a Bit of Experiment"

January 27, 2012

Dr. Jeff Weimer
Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

"Data Analysis: Examples and Further Insights"

February 3, 2012

Dr. John Pojman
Department of Chemistry
Louisiana State University

"Cure-on-demand Polymerizations"

February 10, 2012

Dr. Kursheed Anwer
Egen, Inc
Huntsville, AL

"Clinical Development of a Novel Immunotherapy Agent for Cancer"

March 9, 2012

Dr. Douglas Hayes
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

"Purification of Proteins Using 3-Phase Microemulsion Systems"

March 9, 2012

Dr. Carl Herndll
Department of English
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

"What's Rhetoric Got to Do with It? (With Apologies to Tina Turner)"

March 16, 2012

Dr. Gerald Gerlach
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Technology
Dresden, Germany

"Hydrogels for Biomedical Sensors"

March 30, 2012

Dr. Gernot Rother
Chemical Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

"Physical properties of pore-confined fluids: Insights from combination of scattering, adsorption and computer simulation studies"

April 6, 2012

Evan Ragland
Department of History

"The Alchemy of Light and Affinities of Life: Alchemy, Newton's Optics and Chemical Affinity Theory"


April 13, 2012

Dr. H.N. Cheng
USDA Southern Regional Research Center
New Orleans

"Conversion of Renewable Resources to Value-Added Materials"



Fall 2011 Schedule

August 19, 2011

Biology and Chemistry Faculty
University of Alabama Huntsville

"Short Research Summaries of Select Faculty"

September 2, 2011

Jörg Kressler
Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany

"Synthesis and Modification of Poly(glycerol adipate)"

September 9, 2011

RCEU Students

Poster Session in Shelby Center 301

September 16, 2011

Jan Gryko
Jacksonville State University, AL

"Silicon and Germanium Clathrates"

September 23, 2011

Scott Miller
Qualis Corporation, Huntsville AL

"What ACS does for Chemistry Students"

September 30, 2011

Shelby Center 107

Chris Myer
California State University, Fullerton, CA

"Structure-Function Studies of Diverse Forms of ADPGlucose Pyrophosphorylase"

October 14, 2011

Michael Miller

"Neuroendocrine Control of Sperm Motility via Unconventional Prostaglandin Synthesis"

October 21, 2011

Ronny Hughes

"The catalytic mechanism of archaeal inorganic pyrophosphatase revealed by x-ray and neutron crystallography"

October 28, 2011

S. M. Sedeghi

"Quantum nanosensors based on hybrid nonparticle molecules" 

November 4, 2011

Jian Han
Hudson Alpha Institute

"iCubate 2.0: Multiplex PCR Assay Development and an Open Platform for Molecular Biology"

November 11, 2011

Geoff Bothun
University or Rhode Island

"Stimuli-responsive Liposome-Nanoparticle Assemblies"

November 18, 2011

Mike Simonson

"Neutron Scattering"


October 21, 2011

Ronny Hughes

"The catalytic mechanism of archaeal inorganic pyrophosphatase revealed by x-ray and neutron crystallography"



Spring 2011 Schedule

January 21, 2011

Scott Stagg
Florida State University

"The Structure and Assembly of the COPII Coat"

January 28, 2011

Jean Marie Dimandja
Spellman College

"Selective Applications of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography"

February 11, 2011

Deon Miles

"Monolayer Protected Semiconducting and Metallic Nanoparticles"

February 25, 2011

Mary Sparks

"Introduction to SciFinder"

April 1, 2011

Tomoko Fujiwara

"Smart Polymeric Materials for Sensing and Delivery Applications"

April 8, 2011

Donham Lee

"Measuring Kinetics and Correlated Motions in Ubiquitin: Implications"


April 15, 2011

Geoff Bothun

"Stimuli Responsive Lipsome-nanoparticle Assemblies"



Fall 2010 Schedule

September 10, 2010

Roger Curz-Vera
Biological Sciences
University of Alabama in Huntsville

"Look Who's Talking: Lessons from Decoding the Communication between Nascent Peptides and the Ribosome"

September 24, 2010

Dr Robert Hinde
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

"Keeping Cool Under Pressure: Quantum Monte Carlo Studies of Compressed Solid Hydrogen and Helium at T = 0K"

October 15, 2010

Yi-Wei Tang
Director, Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratory
Vanderbilt University

"Molecular Niches for Labratory Diagnosis of Bloodstream Infections: State-of-the-art"

October 29, 2010

Meredith Newby
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Clemson University

"RNA biophysics"

November 5, 2010

Vijay Rangachari
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Southern Mississippi

"Amyloid b-peptides in Alzheimer's Disease: Pathways, Polymorphism, Interfaces and Inhibition"

November 19, 2010

Devin Absher
HudsonAlpha Institute
Huntsville, AL

"Epigenetics and Lamarckian Parenting"


Spring 2010 Schedule

February 5, 2010

Jamie Neidert
U.S. Arm Aviation and Missile R&D Center
Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL

"The History and Chemistry of Solid Rocket Propellants: Harnassing Energy for Propulsion"

February 12, 2010

James Prestegard
Department of Chemistry
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
University of Georgia

"NMR Structures of ADP Ribosylation Factor: Insights into Vesicle Trafficking"

February 26, 2010

Maren von Köchkritz-Blickwede

"Phagocyte Extracellular Traps as a Novel Therapeutic Target Against Bacterial Infections"

March 5, 2010

David LeMaster
Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health
Albany, NY

"Analyzing protein conformation by electrostatics and vice versa using peptide acidity"

March 26, 2010

Ann Corsi

April 2, 2010

Kursheed Anwer

"EGEN: Biopharmaceuticals"

April 9, 2010

Vadim Gapponenko
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Illinois - Chicago

"Peptide Based Nanoparticles"

April 16, 2010

Paul Adams
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Arkansas

"Biophysical Approaches to Characterize Molecular Details of Abnormal Cell Signaling Function Involving Ras-Related Proteins"



Fall 2009 Schedule

August 28, 2009

Emanuel Waddell
Department of Chemistry
University of Alabama in Huntsville

"Surface Modification of Polymer Substrates by Eximer Radiation"

September 18, 2009

Smita Mohanty
Department of Chemistry
Auburn University

"Structural basis of the function of yeast oligosaccharyl transferase"

September 25, 2009

Yale Goldman
Department of Physiology
University of Pennsylvania

"Molecular Motors: Nature's Soft, Smart Nanomachines"

October 2, 2009

Ana Kitazono
Department of Physiology
University of Tennessee at Knoxville

"Regulation of the cyclin-dependent kinase Cdc28 by phosphorylation"

October 16, 2009

Pete Ludovice
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

"Lab Coats and Other Fashion Statements"

October 23, 2009

Olaf Kutsch
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

"HIV-1 Latency Revisited"

October 30, 2009

Margarita Guenther
Institute for Solid State Electronics
Dresden University of Technology

"Simuli Response of Polymers"

November 6, 2009

Jeffrey Weimer
Department of Chemistry
University of Alabama in Huntsville



Spring 2009 Schedule

January 16, 2009

Heidi Hamm
Department of Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University

"PAR receptor signaling pathways in platelets"

February 13, 2009

Vadim Gaponenko 
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
University of Illinois at Chicago

K-ras Structure

February 20, 2009

James Baird
UAH Chemistry 

"A Chemical Test of the Principle of Critical Point Universality"

March 6, 2009

Peter Prevelige
UAB Microbiology

Virus Structure

April 3, 2009

Casonya Johnson
Department of Biology
Georgia State University

C. elegans development

April 10, 2009

Nitin Jain
Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Tennessee

Endotoxins and the Innate Immune System


Fall 2008 Schedule

September 5, 2008

Dr. Amy Bishop
Biological Sciences
University of Alabama in Huntsville

"Manipulation and mechanisms of nitric oxide (NO) resistance in the CNS: implications for CNS injury and disease"

September 12, 2008

Dr. Frank Collart
Argonne National Laboratory

"High Throughput Biochemical Approaches for Functional Annotation of Proteins"

October 3, 2008

Dr. Kenneth J. Klabunde
Kansas State University

"Nanocrystal Superlattices and the Mystery of Their Formation"

October 3, 2008

Dr. Donald E. Bergstrom
Purdue University

"Nucleic Acids in the Age of Nanotechnology"

October 17, 2008

Dr. Alice Harper
Chemistry Department 
Berry College

"Covalently modified electrodes for rapid mediated electron transport: Detection of glucose and cholesterol"

October 24, 2008

Dr. Jens Meiler
Chemistry Department
Vanderbilt University

"The (inverse) protein folding problem - state-of-the-art in computational protein folding and design"

November 7, 2008

Dr. Robert Dickson
Chemistry Department
Georgia Tech

"Ultrabright Ag Nanodots for Single Molecule Bioimaging"

November 21, 2008

Dr. Jamil Saad
Microbiology Department
University of Alabama in Birmingham

"Strectural basis for HIV-1 Gag targeting and assembly on the plasma membrane"