Physical Chemistry Seminars – 2011

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.

January 26
Professor Daniel Zuckerman
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Computational and Systems Biology
Five short talks on non-equilibrium biophysical chemistry & simulation
February 9*
Professor David Coker
Boston University
Department of Chemistry
February 16*
Professor Ulrich Hansmann
Michigan Tech University
Department of Physics
February 23
Frank Huo
Boston University
Department of Chemistry, Coker Group
Coherent Exciton Transfer in Light Harvesting Systems
March 2
Artem Mamonov
Boston University
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Vajda Group
Variable-resolution models using library-based Monte Carlo
March 9
Professor Lawrence Ziegler
Boston University
Department of Chemistry
Ultrafast H2 and D2 rotational Raman responses in near critical CO2: A novel probe of anisotropic solvation dynamics near a critical point
March 23
Professor William Noid
Penn State University
Department of Chemistry
Bridging the gap between physics-based and knowledge-based protein models: Directly determining physical potentials from a model protein databank
March 30
Dr. Wonmi Ahn
Boston University
Department of Chemistry, Reinhard Group
Sensitive polarization dependence of nested gold nanoparticle arrays
April 6*
Professor Eric Bittner
University of Houston
Department of Chemistry
April 13
Dr. Jing Wang
Boston University
Department of Chemistry, Reinhard Group
Spectroscopic Ultra-Trace Detection of Nitroaromatic Gas Vapor on Rationally Designed Two-Dimensional Nanoparticle Cluster Arrays
April 20*
Eric Pinnick
Boston University
Department of Physics, Wang Group
Determining the Melting Point of Water from First Principles

April 27
Dr. David Anick
Harvard Medical School
Department of Psychiatry

May 4*
Professor Jean Luc Bredas
Georgia Tech
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
September 28
Dr. Svetlana Boriskina
Boston University
Department of Chemistry, Reinhard Group
Spying on molecules through optoplasmonic superlenses
October 5
Professor David Anick
Harvard Medical School
Solvation shell inertia: Can water inhibit a proton transfer reaction?
October 12
Dr. Gungar Ozer
Boston University
Department of Chemistry, Keyes Group
Adaptive steered molecular dynamics: Unfolding of Neuropeptide Y and decaalanine stretching
November 2
Professor Mary Jane Schultz
Tufts University
Department of Chemistry
Hydrogen Bonding and Aqueous Interfaces sum frequency, polarization, and matrix isolation spectroscopy
November 9
Professor Yasha Yi
City University of New York
Integrated Nanophotonics Laboratory
Integrated Nanophotonics for Next Generation Renewable Energy Applications
November 16
Dr. Jeremy Moix
Department of Chemistry, Cao Group
Energy-loss rainbows in heavy atom scattering from surfaces
November 30
Professor Richard Robinson
Cornell University
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Nanoparticle Developments Toward Energy Devices