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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.

2022/23 Schedule

Seminars run on Friday afternoons between 3:30-5 p.m.  If no seminar title appears, it is to be announced.  Seminars are either In-Person (IP) or remote via ZOOM

If remote, access through MyLS:  Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Series   OR

If you are outside of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, please link to:

Fall Term

  • Friday, Sept. 23: Professor Elmar Prenner,  Biochemistry, Calgary University [ZOOM]
    • Title of seminar:  Negative impact of vaping additives on biomimetic lung surfactant models
  • Friday, Sept. 30Graduate Student Pizza Lunch in BA404 (No seminar)
    • Title of seminar: N/A
  • Friday, Oct. 7:  Graduate student presentations [IP]
  • Friday, Oct. 21:  Professor Chris Caputo, Chemistry, York University [IP]
    • Title of seminar:  Illuminating Lewis Acidity Through Fluorescence and Reactivity
  • Friday, Nov. 4: Professor Marcus Drover, Chemistry, Windsor University [IP]
    • Title of Seminar: Exterior Decorating: Lewis Acid Secondary Coordination Spheres for Cooperative Reactivity
  • Friday, Nov. 11:  Professor Udo Schwingenschlögl, Physics, Augsburg University, Germany [ZOOM]  
    • Title of seminar: Predicting the Gas Sessing Performance of 2D Materials
  • Friday, Nov. 18: Associate Professor Huck Grover, Chemistry, Memorial University [IP]
    • Title of Seminar: C-H Functionalization and Catalytic Cascade Reactions in the Synthesis of Heterocycles
  • Friday, Nov. 25: Professor David Kwan, Synthetic Biology, Concordia University [IP]
    • Title of Seminar: Controlling cellular sugar-coating to combat cancer
  • Friday, Dec. 2:  Graduate student presentations [IP]

Winter Term

  • Friday, Jan. 13:  Professor Masoud Jelokhani-Niaraki, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Laurier University [IP
    • Title of seminar:  Story of a Membrane Protein: Uncoupling Proteins of Mitochondria
  • Friday, Jan. 20:  Professor Hashim Ali, Chemistry and Physics Department, Arkansas State University [Virtual
    • Title of seminar:  Adsorption of phenols on metal oxides as a method of reducing their toxicity in aquatic environments 
  • Friday, Jan. 27:  Assistant Professor Priyanka deSouza, Urban and Regional Planning Department, University of Colorado Denver [Virtual]
    • Title of seminar:  Making Air Quality Count:  Low-cost Sensors.  
  • Friday, Feb. 3:  CH490 workshop [IP]
  • Friday, Feb. 10:  Graduate (CH674) student presentations [IP]
  • Friday, Feb. 17:  CH490 poster session
  • Friday, Mar. 3:  Tarique Plummer, Ulumnus [IP]
    • Title of seminar:  The Non-Linear Progression of Former Biochem Student
  • Friday, Mar. 10:  Associate Professor Ken Maly, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Laurier University [IP
    • Title of seminar:  Synthesis and Serendipity:  The Design of New Organic Materials Derived from Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
  • Friday, Mar. 24:  Professor Claude Fortin, INRS, Quebec University [Virtual]
    • Title of seminar:  River biofilm as a biomonitoring tool for metal bioavailability
  • Friday, Mar. 31:  Professor Rebecca Yardley, Science Communicator, Health Canada [IP]
    • Title of seminar: SciComm 101:  How to communicate your research effectively [IP]