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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.

2017/18 Schedule

Seminars run on Friday afternoons between 3:30-5 p.m. in room N1044, Science Building (with the exception of the seminar on Nov. 10 which will be held in BA202). If no seminar title appears below, it is to be announced.

Fall Term

    • Friday, Sept. 15: Professor Preston Chase, Director of Academic Business Development, GreenCentre Canada
      • Title of seminar: Development and Commercial Application of Novel Catalyst and Forward Osmosis Technologies
    • Friday, Sept. 22: Professor Patrick Hayes, Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal
      • Title of seminar: Measuring and modelling atmospheric particles:  from megacities to the High Arctic
    • Friday, Oct. 6: Professor Thomas Baumgartner, Department of Chemistry, York University
      • Title of seminar: Organophosphorus Avenues Toward Powerful Electorn Acceptors and Self-Assembled Nanomaterials
    • Friday, Oct. 20:  Professor Chris Phenix, Department of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan
      • Title of seminar: Towards 18F-labeled conduritol aziridines as PET radiotracers for imaging B-glucocerebrosidase in Parkinson's Disease
    • Friday, Nov. 10: Professor Amila De Silva, (Seminar held in BA202) Research Scientist, Environment Canada
      • Title of seminar: Ice cold: Accumulation of organofluorine and organophosphate contaminants in Canada’s High Arctic
    • Friday, Nov. 17: Professor John HonekDepartment of Chemistry, University of Waterloo
      • Title of seminar: Bio-Lego:  Design and Fabrication of Bionanomaterials Based on Capsule Proteins and Viruses

Winter Term

    • Friday, Jan. 5Professor Chris ParsonsDepartment of Chemistry, University of Waterloo
      • Title of seminar: Legacy phosphorus in freshwater sediments:  Howe does chemical speciation affect internal loading and eutrophication?
    • Friday, Jan. 12: PDF Lisa Willis, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
      • Title of seminar: Polysialylation:  more widespread than previously thought
    • Friday, Jan. 19: Professor Louise Dawe, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Wilfrid Laurier University
      • Title of seminar: A Scaffolded Approach to the Integration of Crystallography in Undergraduate Curriculum and Research
    • Friday, Jan. 26: Professor Masoud Jelokhani-Niaraki, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Wilfrid Laurier University
      • Title of seminar: Views on the Molecular Physiology of Mitochondrial Uncoupling Proteins
    • Friday, Feb. 16: Professor Joe Gilroy, Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario
      • Title of seminar: Multifunctional Boron Difluoride Formazanate Dyes
    • Friday, March 16: Professor Andrew Vreugdenhil, Department of Chemistry, Trent University
      • Title of seminar: Commercializing a Waste Stream:  Synthesis and Surface Modification of Activated Carbon Materials for Environment Remediation
    • Friday, March 23 (Cancelled): Professor Cathleen Crudden, Department of Chemistry, Queen's University