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UPDATE (August 24, 2020)

Out of precaution to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, all Highlands in Chemistry seminars for the Fall 2020 semester will be held over Zoom. If you would like to attend, please email Corrin Lundquist ( up to two days prior to the seminar for the link.

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. over Zoom. Please contact Corrin Lundquist ( for the link.

Seminar Date Speaker Title
September 4
Host: Alan Esker
Nick Mayhall
Virginia Tech
"Using quantum computers to solve quantum chemistry problems"
September 18
Host: Diana Iovan
Gabriel Ménard
University of California, Santa Barbara
"Targeting Energy Solutions: From Fundamental to Applied Inorganic Redox Chemistry"
September 25
Host: Feng Lin
Shelley Minteer
University of Utah
"Bioelectrocatalysis for Electrosynthesis"
October 2
Host: Webster Santos
Todd Marder
University of Würzburg
"Transition Metal Catalyzed Borylation of C-H and C-X Bonds: Synthesis of Aryl and Alkyl Boronates"
October 9
Host: Graduate Students
Martin Head-Gordon
University of California, Berkeley
"Strong correlations and symmetry-breaking in molecules"
October 23
Host: Alan Esker
Feng Lin
Virginia Tech
"Investigating Solid−Liquid Interfaces and Defect Chemistry in Electrochemical Energy Materials"
October 30
Host: Joe Merola
David Morris
"Oh the places you will go: Research Adventures beyond academia"
November 6
Host: John Matson
Jeff Moore
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
"Materials Functions for Polymer Lifecycle Control"
November 13
Host: Feng Lin
Andrej Singer
Cornell University
"Non-equilibrium dynamics in functional materials"
November 20
Host: Amanda Morris
Charles Machan
University of Virginia
"Molecular Electrocatalysts and
Scalable Systems for Renewable Fuels"
December 4
Host: Amanda Morris
Charles McCrory
University of Michigan
"The Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to CO with Polymer-Encapsulated Co Catalysts: Modulating Activity and Selectivity by Controlling the Catalyst’s Coordination Environment"