Seminar Schedule

Seminars are usually held on Friday afternoon in room SL SL 130 at 3:15 pm, unless otherwise noted.  Graduate student seminars are on Fridays in SL 130 or SL 110 at 3:15 pm, unless otherwise noted.  Seminar speakers are available from 2:30 pm until 3:00 pm in CB275 for discussion.  Refreshments are provided 15 minutes prior to the seminar in CB275.

The department strives to offer a diverse and vibrant seminar program. Each year leading researchers from outside the department, as well as faculty and graduate students from Western, present and discuss their cutting-edge research. This is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to actively participate in the scientific community. In addition, many outside seminar speakers are recruiting graduate students for their respective programs and are eager to discuss their program. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!  

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Fall Quarter 2018

September 28th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
"The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Graduate School"
WWU Chemistry Faculty Panel
October 5th  @ 4:00 in SL 150
"Almost Alchemy: Radical Ligands for Precious Metal-Like C–C Coupling Catalysis at Cobalt"
Prof. Jake Soper
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Georgia Institute of Technology 
October 12th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
"Chemical bonding in transition metal free radicals: Tantalizing and golden results from high resolution electronic spectroscopy"
Prof. Tom Varberg
Dept. of Chemistry 
Macalester College
Transition metals play important roles in areas as diverse as chemical catalysis, metallurgy, stained glass, nanoelectronics, and recent efforts to determine the electric dipole moment of the electron. My interest in transition metals and the spectroscopy of their compounds springs from the presence of unpaired electrons, which produce not only the distinctive chemistry of the transition metals but also give rise to interesting and challenging spectra to be unraveled and deciphered. I will describe our group’s recent work involving the metals tantalum and gold. With visible and near-infrared lasers, we have recorded spectra of several different diatomic fluorides, oxides, sulfides and hydrides containing one of these two metals. Our analyses of their complex spectra have revealed interesting insights into the chemical bonding of these molecules.
October 17th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
"Linking excited-state electronic structure to photoactivity in organic materials"
Prof. Tim Kowalczyk
Dept. of Chemistry
Western Washington University
October 19th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
"Proton and Electron Flux Management for the Removal of Pervasive  Environmental Pollutants"
Prof. John Gilbertson
Dept. of Chemistry 
Western Washington University
October 26th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
"Computational Design of Perovskite Solar Cell Materials"
Prof. Rob Berger
Dept. of Chemistry
Western Washington University
October 29th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
Thesis Defense
Sarah Clark
Graduate Student
Dept. of Chemistry
Western Washington University
November 2nd  @ 3:15 in SL 130
Alicia E. Mangubat-Medina
Graduate Research Assistant
Dept. of Chemistry
Rice University
November 9th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
November 16th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
November 30th  @ 3:15 in SL 130
December 7th @ 3:15 in SL 130

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