Chemistry Seminar

Fifty years ago, in 1965, Dwain Ford, former chair of the department, began our Chemistry Seminar program. The guest speaker lecture series was introduced in 1971. Our current ChemSem program highlights the importance of communicating chemical topics to both specialized and general audiences. We hope you'll enjoy joining us this year as we live-stream each weekly lecture from 4:30-5:30 p.m. EST on Thursdays.

The videos will also be available for viewing after each event. Of course, if you are able to come to campus, we would love to have you attend in person in the Chemistry Amphitheater of Halenz Hall. 

Here is a complete schedule of the presentations planned for this school year.

At 4:30 p.m. EST, Thursday, March 3, 2016 watch the live stream of Marc Edwards from Virginia Tech as he explains how his research group  uncovered the crisis of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan.

On February 11, 2016, we listened to Vadym Mochalin of Drexel University tell us about his research into Nanodiamonds.

On February 4, 2016, Kami Hull of the University of Illinois spoke on Green Catalytic Synthetic Methods.

On January 21, 2016, Luke Lavis of the Howard Hughes medical Institute taught us how it can be Hip to Be Square: Building Brighter Dyes for Biology.

On January 14, 2016, we welcomed Michelle Kahlenberg from the University of Michigan as she focused on New Therapeutic Opportunities for Lupus.

On January 7, 2016, Jenelle Ball, of Chico High School, shared her ideas on Excellence in Teaching High School Chemistry.

On October 22, 2015, we were educated in the latest news on Cooperative Function in Atomically Precise Nanoscale Assemblies presented by Paul Weiss, professor at UCLA.

On October 15, 2015, we were treated to a presentation of Real Life Applications of Measurement Sciences in Chemistry by Carlos Gonzalez of the National Institute of Standards & Technology.


On October 8, 2015, Pulitzer-Prizer winning journalist and MIT professor, Deborah Blum, shared information from her book, The Poisoner's Guide to Communicating Chemistry.

On October 1, 2015, we heard about a Density-based Rapid Test for Sickle Cell Disease from Ashok Kumar of Jana Care.

On September 24, 2015, we learned about about Biomimetic Materials by David Kohn, professor at University of Michigan.

On September 17, 2015, Hosea Nelson, assistant professor at UCLA, presented the topic, Organic Synthesis.


On September 3, 2015, we enjoyed the lecture on the Chemical & Environmental Impact of Gold Mining by Ronald RH Cohen, professor at Colorado School of Mines.


On August 27, 2015, we honored our retired chair, Dwain L Ford, by introducing the Dwain L Ford Lecture Series for our Chemistry Seminar Program this year. In the video below you will enjoy a look back over our history as a department.


On February 12, 2015, Carrie Ferraro from the University of Michigan spoke on the Neuroscience of Drug Addiction.