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Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Laurier supports a series of seminars in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics and environmental sciences. The main emphasis of this seminar series is on the interdisciplinary nature of science. The chemistry seminar series has become essential for advancing and enriching the research culture in the Faculty of Science in general and the Department of Chemistry in particular.

All graduate and undergraduate students (including those enrolled in CH490) are encouraged to attend the seminar series and enhance their conceptual understanding of science and sense of inquiry. As well, the seminars are intended to promote scientific interaction among the students, faculty and members of the scientific community by observing science in a broader interrelated context.

2020/21 Schedule

Seminars run on Friday afternoons between 3:30-5 p.m. via ZOOM.  If no seminar title appears, it is to be announced.  

Access through MyLS:  Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Series   OR

If you are outside of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, please register a few days in advance:

Fall Term

  • Friday, Sept. 25: Professor Hind Al-Abadleh, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Laurier University
    • Title of seminar: Research in the Environmental, Physical and Interfacial Chemistry (EPIC) Lab: How The Phase and Quantity of Water Affect Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Friday, Oct. 2: Professor Marc Van der Kamp, Biochemistry, University of Bristol, UK
    • Title of seminar: Multi-scale simulation of enzymes:  insights into biocatalysts and antibiotic resistance
  • Friday, Oct. 9:  Professor Olaf S. Andersen, Physiology & Biophysics, Cornel University
    • Title of seminar:  Bilayer-Mediated Regulation of Membrane Protein Function: Implications for Drug Development
  • Friday, Oct. 23: PhD Greg Wentworth, Atmospheric Scientist, Alberta Environment and Parks Department
    • Title of Seminar: Atmospheric Ammonia in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region
  • Friday, Nov. 6:  Research Fellow Yi Jin, Chemical Biology, Cardiff University, UK
    • Title of seminar: Chemical biology approach to reveal a hidden Janus cofactor of Class D Carbanpenemases
  • Friday, Nov. 13: Assistant Professor Vincent Ziffle, Intersection of Indigenous Education and Chemistry, First Nations University of Canada
    • Title of Seminar: Development of a Novel Chemistry of Food and Cooking Course Highlighting Experiential Learning and Indigenous Food Traditions During a Pandemic
  • Friday, Nov. 20: Assistant Professor Katherine Stewart, Chemistry, Troy University
    • Title of Seminar: Evaluation of Trends between Molecular Weight Distribution and Mass Flow Index of Polyolefins
  • Friday, Nov. 27:  PhD Candidate Thomas Prot, Biotechnology, Delf University of Technology, Netherlands
    • Title of seminar: Recovery of phosphorus from ironphosphate in sewage sludge

Winter Term

  • Friday, Jan. 15: Professor Ken Dill, Laufer Centre for Physical & Quantitative Biology, Stony Brook University
    • Title of seminar:  The biophysics of the principle of Survival of the Fittest
  • Friday, Jan. 22: Professor Ramesh Jasti, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon
    • Title of seminar:  Bridging Carbon Nanoscience and Organic Synthesis
  • Friday, Jan. 29: Professor Vladimir Ladizhansky, Physics Department, University of Guelph
    • Title of seminar: Studying membrane protein structure and dynamics by solid-state NMR
  • Friday, Mar. 5: PDF Arthur Situm, Chemical Engineering and Applied chemistry, University of Toronto
    • Title of seminar: The development of spectromicroscopy methods for the study of heterogeneous materials
  • Friday, Mar. 12: Professor Hugo Beltrami, Environmental Sciences, St. Francis Xavier University
    • Title of seminar:  Climate from the Underground:  Long-Term Continental Heat Storage
    • Note:  Joint Seminar with MS2Discovrey Institute and Cold Regions Research Centre (CRRC), Laurier
  • Friday, March 26:  Professor Melanie Pilkington, Department of Chemistry, Brock University
    • Title of seminar:  Exploring the Coordination Chemistry of Pyridyl Alkoxide Ligands in 3d and 3d/4f Cluster Chemistry