Physical Chemistry Seminars

These talks begin at 2 pm on Wednesday afternoons in Room SCI 512 in the Metcalf Center for Science and Engineering (590 Commonwealth, Boston, MA 02215). There are refreshments provided at the lecture.

Seminars labeled with * and highlighted are part of the Greater Boston Area (GBA) Theoretical Chemistry Lecture Series sponsored by Boston University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). These joint seminars are held at MIT in Building 4, Room 231 and start at 4:00 pm and run until 6:00 pm.

These “theory afternoons” offer an exciting new seminar medium where in-depth presentations of broadly applicable methods and new approaches are presented. For more information on these joint BU-Harvard-MIT theory seminars (including lecture notes) please see the GBA Theoretical Chemistry Lecture Series.

Spring 2014 Speakers

January 6
Professor Tyrone Porter
Boston University
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Stimuli-Responsive Colloidal Nanoparticles for Localized Cancer Therapy
February 19
Professor Xi Lin
Boston University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Combinatorial design of copolymer donor materials for bulk heterojunction solar cells
February 13
Professor Mikhail Lemeshko
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Department of Physics
Understanding complex quantum systems using controllable atoms and molecules
March 5*
Professor Irene Burghardt
Goethe Universitat
Elementary processes in functional organic polymer materials: Does quantum coherence matter?
March 12
Dr. Joel-Yuen Zhou
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center for Excitonics
Coherent Excitons, Coherent Spectroscopies
March 14
Dr. Juan Manuel Ortiz-Sánchez
Geothe Universitat
Institute for Physics and Theoretical Chemistry
Two Applications of Accelerated Molecular Dynamics: Drug Design & Photophysical Properties
March 21
Professor Anastasia V. Bochenkova
Aarhus University, Denmark
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Resonances and electron-nuclear coupling mechanisms in the ultrafast photo-initiated dynamics of the deprotonated Green Fluorescent Protein chromophor
March 5*
Professor Michele Parrinello
ETH Zurich
Department of Computational Science
Challenges and progress in atomistic molecular dynamics simulations
April 2
Professor George Schatz
Northwestern University
Department of Chemistry
Plasmon Molecule Interactions
April 9
Professor Zakya Kafafi
National Science Foundation (DMR Ret)
Nanostructured Organic Photovoltaics
April 9
Professor Todd Martinez
Stanford University
Department of Chemistry
Leveraging Machine Learning and Stream Processors for Theoretical Chemistry
April 16
Professor Mary Jo Ondrechen
Northeaster University
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
How big are enzyme active sites?
April 23
Professor Peter Ortoleva
University of Indiana
Department of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Fall 2013 Speakers

September 25
Professor Ksenia Bravaya
Boston University
Department of Chemistry
Predicting energy dissipation in nonequilibrium self-assembly
October 2*
Professor Attila Szabo
NIDDK, National Institutes of Health
October 9
Professor Jason Dwyer
University of Rhode Island
Department of Chemistry
October 23
Professor Mindy Levine
University of Rhode Island
Department of Chemistry
October 23*
Professor Stefano Baroni
Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati
Department of Theoretical Condensed-Matter Physics
Novemeber 6*
Professor Robert Harrison
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Computational Sciences Center
November 20
Professor Tom Markland
Stanford University
Department of Chemistry
December 4*
Professor Fred Mamby
Bristol University
Department of Theoretical Chemistry
December 11*
Professor John Tully
Yale University
Department of Chemistry
December 18
Professor Adam Willard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemistry