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.

In addition, the Center for Computational Science runs a seminar series Friday at 12:00pm in PRB595.  See here for the schedule.

Spring 2015 Speakers

January 21
Alexandr Kunitsa
Boston University
Department of Chemistry, Bravaya Group
February 4
Professor Charles Sykes
Tufts University
Department of Chemistry
February 11
Professor Pablo DeBenedetti
Princeton University
Department of Chemical Engineering
February 18
Professor Gabriela Schlau-Cohen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemistry
February 20 (Friday in PRB 595)
Professor Paul Champion
Northeastern University
Department of Physics
Vibrationally Enhanced Deep Proton Tunneling in Proteins
February 25
Professor Peter Wolynes
Rice University
Department of Chemistry
The Protein Folding Problem
March 4
Professor Shuanghong Huo
Clark University
Department of Biochemistry and Computational and Biophysics
Diffusion maps as a tool of dimensionality reduction
March 11
Professor Anastasia Alexandrova
Department of Chemistry
March 18
Professor Alan Asparu-Guzik
Harvard University
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
April 8
Edyta Malolepsza
Boston University
Department of Chemistry, Keyes Group

Fall 2014 Speakers

September 10*
Professor Troy Van Voorhis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemistry
Electronic Dynamics in Complex Environments: From Electron Transfer to Singlet Fission
September 17
Professor Charles Mace
Tufts University
Department of Chemistry
A General Device Architecture for Three-Dimensional, Patterned Paper Immunoassays
October 1
Professor Sauro Succi
CNR – Istituto Applicazioni Calcolo – Rome and
Institute for Applied Computational Science-Harvard
Boltzmann kinetic approach to electronic structure simulationss
October 8
Professor Matthew Holden
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Department of Chemistry
Caught in the Act: Direct Measurement of Protein Translocation Across Membranes
October 15
Professor Udayan Mohanty
Boston College
Department of Chemistry
On the nature of supercooled and glassy states of matter
October 15*
Professor Kieron Burke
University of California-Irvine
Department of Chemistry
Systematic Approach to Density Functional Theory
October 22
Prof. Sahar Sharifzadeh
Boston University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
A First-Principles Approach to Understanding Excited-State Properties of Organic Molecules and Crystals
October 29
Prof. Paul Whitford
Northeastern University
Department of Physics
Exploring the energy landscapes of ribosome function through simulation
October 29*
Prof. Toru Shiozaki
Northwestern University
Department of Chemistry
Electronic Structure Theory: Beyond the Black Box
November 5
Angelo Ziletti
Boston University
Department of Chemistry, Coker Group
Phosphorene oxidation: a computational study
November 12
Professor Judy Herzfeld
Brandeis University
Department of Chemistry
Cheap Electrons: A Pointillist DFT for Efficient Simulations of Chemical Reactions
November 19
Professor Yu-Shan Lin
Tufts University
Department of Chemistry
Toward Structure Prediction of Cyclic Peptides