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Highlands in Chemistry

The Highlands in Chemistry seminar series is a weekly event hosted by the Department of Chemistry designed to share research ideas within the chemistry community and beyond. The series was started in 1966 by Alan Clifford, who was appointed chemistry department head the same year. Speakers from all over the world involved in academia, industry, and government come to share their research with colleagues and students.

Highlands seminars take place on Fridays throughout the semester at 2:30 p.m. This semester, Highlands seminars will take place in-person unless otherwise noted. In-person seminars will be held in Hahn Hall North 140. Virtual seminars will be held over Zoom. To attend virtual seminars, please contact Corrin Lundquist (clund5@vt.edu) for the link up to a week in advance.

Upcoming Seminars

January 21

Matt Neurock

University of Minnesota

"Elucidating and Controlling Catalytic Sites and their Environments for the Selective Reduction of CO2 and Oxygenates into Chemicals and Fuels"

Host: John Morris
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

January 28

Jim Tanko

Virginia Tech

"What do Designer Drugs, Parkinson’s Disease, and the Persistent Radical Effect have in Common?"

Host: Webster Santos
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

February 4

Josh Sieber

Virginia Commonwealth University

 

Host: Webster Santos
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

February 11

William McNamara

College of William and Mary

 

Host: Emily Mevers
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

February 18

Barry Thompson

University of Southern California

"Reimagining Semiconducting Polymers for Alternative Energy Applications"

Host: Greg Liu
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

February 25

Amy Lane

University of North Florida

"Marine Bacteria as Biochemical Factories"

Host: Emily Mevers
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

March 4

Jeremiah Johnson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Host: Michael Schulz
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

March 18

John Herbert

Ohio State University

 

Host: Nick Mayhall
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

March 25

Linda Doerrer

Boston University

"Fluorinated Alkoxide Complexes for Unusual Reactivity and Electronic Structure"

Host: Diana Iovan
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

April 1

Benny Chan

The College of New Jersey

 

Host: Carla Slebodnik
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

April 8

William Lubell

University of Montreal

"Curbing inflammation by peptidomimetic approaches"

Host: Felicia Etzkorn
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

April 15

Geoff Coates

Cornell University

"New Approaches to Sustainable Polymers"

Host: Michael Schulz
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)

April 22

Christian Melander

University of Notre Dame

"Using Nitrogen Dense Marine Alkaloids as a Platform for the Discovery of New Antibiotic Adjuvants"

Host: Andrew Lowell
Location: Hahn Hall North 140 (in-person)