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4th-Year Graduate Research Seminar Series: Session 5

Session 5 abstract

Ryan Hunt at 9:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Michael Bowser
Monitoring the Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on Adipocyte Metabolism Using Online, High-Speed Microdialysis-Capillary Electrophoresis

Prakriti Kalra at 10 a.m.
Adviser: Professor William C.K. Pomerantz
PrOF NMR Analysis of BRD4 and BRDT Tandem N-terminal Domains

Taysir Bader at 10:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Mark Distefano
Peptide Based Probes for Studying The Proteas Ste24, a Key Enzyme Involved in Human Disease

Professor Sharon Neufeldt

Professor Sharon Neufeldt
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Montana State University
Host: Professor Joseph Topczewski

The Neufeldt Lab studies transition metal-catalyzed reactions of organic compounds. In particular, we explore strategies for using catalysts to induce molecules to react in novel ways. This research includes catalyst design to invert the conventional selectivity of cross coupling reactions, to functionalize hydrocarbons, or to enable other novel transformations. We especially value mechanistic understanding, and we use both experimental and computational (DFT) tools to gather insight into the origin of novel selectivity and reactivity in our catalytic systems.

4th-Year Graduate Research Seminar Series: Session 6

Session 6 Abstract

Huda Zahid at 9:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor William Pomerantz
Development of Small-Molecule Inhibitors of the Bromodomain of Epigenetic Protein BPTFn

Andrey Joaqui at 10 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Valérie C. Pierre
Metallo-DNA Origami

Katherine Jones at 10:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Daniel Harki
Discovery of APOBEC3 Ligands by High-Throughput Screening

Professor Kristopher McNeill

Professor Kristopher McNeill
Department of Environmental Systems Science
ETH Zurich
Host: Professor Marc Hillmyer

An Environmental Chemist's View of Biodegradable Plastics

Contamination of the environment with plastic is a long-recognized problem, but in recent years, there has been a remarkable increase in public attention and outcry regarding plastic pollution. The low cost and durability of plastic materials, which make them desirable for many applications, are the same factors that contribute to their accumulation. The low cost lowers the barrier to short-term and single use applications and the durability means that, once in the environment, these materials are highly persistent. On this latter point, there is a growing interest and market for non-persistent, biodegradable plastic materials, which could help the problem of accumulation of plastic in the environment. This presentation will focus on several key questions about these alternative biodegradable materials: How do we know that a material is really biodegrading instead of just breaking down into microplastic? How does the receiving environment affect biodegradability? Are there applications where biodegradable plastics are viable alternatives to conventional plastics? What are the challenges that we face from an environmental chemistry perspective? 

4th-Year Graduate Research Seminar Series: Session 7

Session 7 Abstract

Randall K. Wilharm at 9:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Valérie C. Pierre
Medical and Environmental Applications of Lanthanide-based Receptors for Phosphate

Noelle Olson at 10 a.m.
Adviser: Professor William Pomerantz
NMR Analyses of Acetylated H2A.Z Isoforms Identify Differential Binding Interactions with the Bromodomain of the NURF Nucleosome Remodeling Complex

Andrew Northwick at 10:30 a.m.
Advisers: Professor Erin Carlson and Professor Timothy Griffin
Novel Techniques to Study Biomolecular Corona Evolution

Professor Christopher Douglas

Millipore Sigma Seminar
Professor Christopher Douglas
Department of Chemistry
University of Minnesota
Host: Professor Nicholas Race

Research in Professor Christopher Douglas' group focuses on the development of new synthetic methods and on finding solutions to a variety of synthesis problems. Our program in developing new methods is particularly focused on reactions we feel have the potential to change the way scientists approach the construction of organic molecules. For example, development of carbon–carbon sigma bond activation could open up unusual disconnections in retrosynthetic analysis, leading to new or more efficient syntheses of desirable molecules. We are also interested in new approaches to conjugated systems applicable in organic electronics, particularly the linear acenes including derivatives of tetracene, pentacene, and polyacene, a long-sought polymer. Our interest in synthesis extends well beyond organic electronics to encompass biologically relevant compounds.

4th-Year Graduate Research Seminar Series: Session 8

Abstract Session 8

Xiaoxiao Yao at 9:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Christy L. Haynes
Environmental impact of carbon dots and its copper complex on plants growth

Nicholas J. Van Zee at 10 a.m.
Advisers: Professor Marc A. Hillmyer and Professor Timothy P. Lodge
Cell Membrane Stabilization Using Poloxamer Analogues

Jiaqian Li at 10:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor William Pomerantz
Development of Protein-Based 19F MRI Imaging Agents for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

4th-Year Graduate Research Seminar Series: Session 9

Session 9 abstract

Blair Troudt at 1 p.m.
Adviser: Professor Philippe Buhlmann
Development of Analyte-Specific Probes for Self-Assembly onto Graphene and Use in Graphene-Based Electrochemical Sensor Arrays

Baoyue Fan at 1:30 p.m.
Adviser: Professor Andreas Stein
Diffusive Formation of Hollow Mesoporous Silica Shells from Core-Shell Composites: Insights from the Hydrogen Sulfide Capture Cycle of CuO@mSiO2 Nanoparticles

Michael H. Hodny at 2 p.m.
Adviser: Professor David Blank
Two-Photon Induced Absorption and Dissociation of Dibenzofuran Based Photocages

4th-Year Graduate Research Seminar Series: Session 10

Session 10 abstract

Claire L. Seitzinger at 9:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Timothy Lodge
Phase transitions of stimuli-responsive block copolymers in ionic liquids

Zoe Maxwell at 10 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Edgar Arriaga
Novel Mass Cytometry Method to Quantify Cellular Changes in Prenylation

Celeste Rousseau at 10:30 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Philippe Bühlmann
Redox Buffers for Calibration-Free Ion-Selective Electrodes

4th-Year Graduate Research Seminar Series: Session 11

Session 11 abstract

Maetzin Cruz-Reyes at 9:30 a.m. 
Advisers: Professor R. Lee Penn & Professor William Arnold
Environmental Reactivity of Akaganeite: Growth and Phase Transformations

Thorn A. Dramstad at 10 a.m.
Adviser: Professor Aaron Massari
Spectroscopic Correlation between the Interfacial Pentacene Deposition Phase and Substrate Temperature

Lun Jin at 10:30 a.m.
Advisers: Professor Philippe Bühlmann and Professor Steven Koester
Chemical Vapor Deposition of Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides and Lateral Heterojunctions