Chemistry Department Seminar Schedule

If you are interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Charles Chusuei by email.  Come early to chat with the speaker and other attendees.  Unless otherwise noted below, seminars will be held on Fridays at 3:15PM in the Science Building, Room 1191.

Blue text denotes seminars being held at non-regular times and/or remotely.

Reminders to MS students:  Turn in your abstract pages to the seminar host at the conclusion of each scheduled talk, following the Q&A session. Consult the MS Chemistry Handbook for important requirements to be fulfilled for your degree. Remember to submit your abstract (click here  to see an example) 10 days before your scheduled defense date.
Additional information can be found on our MTSU MS Chemistry Blog.



Aug 27, 2021

Welcome Class of 2023 and Returning MS Chemistry students!

Sept 3, 2021
Dr. Paul S. Cremer, Department of Chemistry, Penn State University
“Metallomembranes: Exploring the Interactions of Transition Metal Ions with Lipid Bilayers”
on Zoom at 3:15 PM
Sept 10, 2021
Dr. Yolanda Vasquez, Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University
"A Soft Lithography Method to Generate Arrays of Microstructures on Hydrogel Surfaces"
on Zoom at 3:15 PM

Sept 17, 2021

Dr. Justin Miller (tenure talk)
MTSU Department of Chemistry
"From Large- to Small-Scale: Understanding the Role of Conformational Motions in Protease Function"

Oct 8, 2021
Ms. Marriah Gonzalez (MS thesis defense)
"Evaluation of the Impact of Salt Concentration on Poly(aspartic acid) Hydrolase-2 Structure
and Function" on Zoom at 3:15 PM
Oct 15, 2021
Dr. Evan Joslin, Department of Chemistry, Sewanee-University of the South
"Ru(II) Complexes for Transfer Hydrogenation and Amine Dehydrogenation"
(Host: Prof. Keying Ding)

Oct 22,

Ms. Virginia Benefield (MS thesis defense)
"Characterization of Polycylic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Wildfire Smoke"

Oct 29,

Dr. Wasim Mondal, MTSU Physics and Astronomy Department
"Revisiting the VO2 Puzzle"
(Host: Prof. Jing Kong)

Nov 5,

Ms. Erin Yeatts (MS thesis defense)
"Structure-Activity Relationship Study of Antimicrobial Peptoids Against Cryptococcus neoformans"

Nov 12,
Mr. Ifeanyi Nwobodo (MS thesis defense)
"Evaluation of Shell-Derived CaO Catalyst for Ultrasonication-Assisted Synthesis of Biodiesel"
on Zoom at 3:15 PM
Nov 19,
Dr. Marvin J. Meyers, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, St. Louis University
"Progress Towards a Novel Drug to Treat Cryptosporidiosis" on Zoom at 3:15 PM


Dr. Konstantinos Vogiatizis, Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
"Quantum Chemistry in the Era of Artificial Intelligence"

Note to visiting seminar speakers:  The address of the Science Building is: 440 Friendship Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.  You may set your GPS destination to this location.  A parking spot will be reserved for you in advance of your visit.