Physical Chemistry Seminars – Fall 2008

These talks begin at 3 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, Boston College, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). These joint seminars are held at MIT in Building 24, Room 121 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-BC-Harvard-MIT theory seminars (including lecture notes) please see the GBA Theoretical Chemistry Lecture Series.

Fall 2008 Speakers

September 3
Dr. Yong Zhang

Straub Group
Department of Chemistry
Boston University

“Probing the principles of energy transfer in proteins”

September 10

Dr. Jeff Gore

Pappalardo Fellow
Department of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(van Oudenaarden Systems Biology Lab@MIT)

“Game microbes play: The game theory behind cooperative sucrose metabolism in yeast”

September 17

Professor Max Diem

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Northeastern University

“Spectral Diagnosis: Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy of Human Cells and Tissue”

September 24

Professor Daan Frenkel*

FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics [AMOLF]
The Netherlands

“Slow Yet Fast: Computer Simulations of Nucleation Phenomena”

October 1

Professor Torsten Fiebig

Department of Chemistry
Boston College

“Photonics with Ultrafast Laser Pulses – >From DNA to Semiconductor Nanorods”

October 8

Professor Maria Gomez

Mount Holyoke College

“The Effect of Dopant on the Proton Conduction Pathways in Perovskite Oxides”

October 15

Professor Michael Klein *

Hepburn Professor of Physical Science
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania

Talk Title TBA

October 23

Professor Quan “Jason” Cheng

Department of Chemistry
University of California, Riverside

“Supported Lipid Membrane Interface for Biosensing with Surface Plasmon Resonance”

October 29

Professor Robert J. Silbey

Department of Chemistry
Dean of Science
Member National Academy of Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Exciton and energy transfer in light harvesting complexes”

October 31

Professor E. Dendy Sloan

Weaver Distinguished Professor
Colorado School of Mines
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Chairman, Federal Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee

“Seminar on Natural Gas Clathrate Hydrates”

November 5

Professor Michael W. Deem *

John W. Cox Professor
Rice University

“Seminar on Natural Gas Clathrate Hydrates”

November 10

Professor Greg Voth *

University of Utah

“Walking the Tightrope Between Theory and Computation: The Face of Theoretical Chemistry in the 21st Century”

November 26

Professor David Tannor *

Department of Chemical Physics
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

“Bohmian Mechanics with Complex Action: An Exact Formulation of Quantum Mechanics with Complex Trajectories”

December 3

Professor Anne Gershenson

Brandeis University

“Enzyme activity at surfaces: Interactions between phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and lipids”

December 10

Vassiliy Lubchenko

Department of Chemistry
University of Houston

“Cooperative Transport in Supercooled Melts: from Ionic Conductivity to Non-Linear Rheological Response”