Chemistry Department Seminars

2017–2018 Seminars

Past Seminars Cumulative Index


Buck Taylor, Carleton College:  How to Use Computers to Understand Chemical Reactivity:  Palladium-Catalyzed C–H Activation and Cross-Coupling

Jim Smith, University of California-Irvine: Aitken nuclei: Little things in the world working great effects by virtue of their numbers

Christopher Bowman, UC-Boulder:  Clicking Polymers Together: Assembly of Complex, Controlled Polymer Structures from Efficient Chemistries

Brian Leonard, University of Wyoming:  Synthesis of Metal Carbide Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy

Margaret Tolbert, Colorado University-BoulderEvery Drop Counts…Looking for Water on Mars

Alex Miller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:  Cation-Responsive Pincer-Crown Ether Complexes for Tunable Catalysis

Anna Christianson, Graduate student, Texas A & MAntimony incorporation into colored and emissive materials

Dr. Maya Warren '07, Kahala Brands Cold Stone CreameryExploring the Science behind the Microstructure and Behavioral Properties of Frozen Aerated Desserts

Erik Olson '12, The Ohio State University:  Multiple roles of HIV-1 Gag and Psi RNA in ensuring specific genomic RNA recognition and assembly

Yuichiro Takeshita '08, MBARI:  Application of autonomous chemical sensing technology in oceanography

Melinda Baldwin, Physics Today:  Medicine, magicians, and cold fusion: Scientific controversies in Nature during the 1980s

Jonathon Sweedler, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignD-amino acids in our brain: what are they doing and how did they get there?

Dr. Bruce Parkinson, University of Wyoming:  Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion on Earth and Mars; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture 

Gerard Wright, McMaster University:  Revisiting natural products to address the antibiotic crisis; Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lectureship

Catherine Drennan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA:  Shake, Rattle & Roll:  Capturing Snapshots of Metalloproteins in Action; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture


Ryan Steed, Carleton College:  Ion-Powered Rotary Mechanism of ATP Synthase

Jillian Dempsey, University of North Carolina:  Investigating Reaction Pathways for Solar Fuel Production

Stephan Hubig, Ecolab, Inc.:  Innovation and Product Development in the Chemical Industry

Mary Wirth, Purdue University:  Epigenetics in Bioanalytical Chemistry

Robert G. Bergman (’63), University of California, Berkeley:  The Application of Physical Organic Methods to the Investigation of Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Matthew Sheldon (’04), Texas A&M University:  Plasmonic and Hybrid Nanomaterials for Solar Energy

Sarah Reisman, California Institute of Technology:  Necessity is the Mother of Invention:  Natural Products and the Chemistry they Inspire

Dennis Cao, Macalester College:  Lock-Arm Supramolecular Ordering:  Self-Assembled Organic Ferroelectrics

Wesley Sundquist (’81), University of Utah:  Membrane Remodeling by the ESCRT Pathway

Will Pomerantz, University of Minnesota:  Choosing the Right Halogen:  Fluorinated Bromodomains for Small Molecule Discovery

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research in the Carleton Chemistry Department

Matt Whited, Carleton College:  Making Rare and Abundant Elements “Play Nice”:  New Reactions Exploiting Rhodium/Silicon Cooperation

Deborah Gross, Carleton College:  Atmospheric Aerosol Particles:  Impacts on Climate and Human Health

Emily Weiss, Northwestern University:  Quantum Dot Photocatalysis

David Milstein, The Weizmann Institute of Science:  Design and Applications of Sustainable Catalysis Based on Cooperative Pincer Complexes
Sustainability Through Catalysis;
The Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lecture

Janet Morrow, SUNY, Buffalo:  Iron, Cobalt and Nickel Complexes as Responsive MRI Contrast Agents; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Christopher Miller, Brandeis University:  A Weird Ion Channel for a Weird Ion:  Fluoride Resistance in Microbes; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Carleton Chemistry Faculty and Others:  Planning your Future with a Chemistry Major:  Fellowship, Career, and Grad School Opportunities


Chemistry Faculty, Academic Civic Engagement and Career Center Staff, Carleton College:  You Decided to Major in Chemistry – Now What?  Volunteer Opportunities and Career/Grad School Information

Amit Reddi (’03), Georgia Institute of Technology:  Metals in Cells:  The Inorganic Foundation of Life

Theodore Betley, Harvard University:  Radical Frontiers in Catalysis

Student Summer Research Panel:  A discussion about research on and off campus

Danica Fujimori, University of California, San Francisco:  Positive Feedback Regulation of a Histone Demethylase on Chromatin

Cari Dutcher, University of Minnesota:  Interfacial dynamics of atmospheric particles:  Cold, complex and charged surfaces

Connie Lu, University of Minnesota:  Harnessing Metal-Metal Bonds for Small-Molecule Activation

Kevin Weeks, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:  Understanding the genetic code, expressed via RNA, using “Orgo 2” and simple physical chemistry

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Sandra Loesgen, Oregon State University:  Natural Products in Drug Discovery – Targeting Viral Sweet Spots and Superbugs

Dean Tantillo, University of California, Davis:  Walking in the Woods with Quantum Chemistry.  The Importance of Inherent Carbocation Reactivity in Terpene Biosynthesis

Jessica DeMott, Texas A&M University:  Exploring Ligand Scaffolds for the Isolation of Stable Alkane Sigma Complexes

Chris Bielawski, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology:  Externally Controlled Chemistry:  New Methods for Manipulating Polymerization and Other Transformations

Ekaterina Kadnikova, University of Wisconsin, Stout:  Chemoenzymatic Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Unsaturated Esters

Buck Taylor, University of California, Los Angeles:  How to Use Computers to Understand Chemical Reactivity:  Palladium-Catalyzed Allylic C–H Activation

S. Walter Englander, University of Pennsylvania:  Protein folding and function by hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry analysis

Martin Zanni, University of Wisconsin, Madison:  Targeting the mechanism not the structure:  An amyloid intermediate obtained from 2D IR data; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Christopher Walsh, Harvard Medical School:  Antibiotics Past, Present and Future:  A Molecule-centered Perspective; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Senior Comps Talks:

Arafat Akinlabi, Nathan Bamberger, Molly Burness, Peter Downie, Sam Keyes, Devin Oliver, Kyle Olson, Nikhil Pandey, Kit Pavlekovsky:  Melting Hydrates and Melting Permafrost:  Is Methane from the Arctic a Climate Time Bomb?

Shant Douzdjian, Eleanor Munger, Rebecca Velazquez, Ahna Weeks, Joe Willenborg, Wanqi Yu:  How do Proteins Fold?

Katie Blise, Tamara Damjanac, Eliza Green, Isabel Han, Christian Hansen, Connor Hodges, Aurora Janes, Laramie Jensen, Fa Ngamnithiporn, Christian Olivares, Alex Polk, Kiera Wilhelm, Molly Wootten:  Picking Up Good Vibes:  Following Structural Dynamics of Fibril Aggregation with Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy

Billy Moua, Eli Danson, Jake Hassing, Libby McKenna, Michael Kane, Vayu Maini Rekdal, Xiaodi Wang:  Synthesis of Nature’s Weaponry:  Accomplishing Complexity from Simplicity


Chemistry Faculty, Academic Civic Engagement and Career Center Staff, Carleton College:  You Decided to Major in Chemistry – Now What?  Volunteer Opportunities and Career/Grad School Information

Champak Chatterjee, University of Washington, Seattle:  Chemical Strategies to Study Post-translational Modifications of Human Histones

Carolyn Ocampo (’02), Keven Tell (’09), Andy Wild (’04), Panelists; Eric McDonald, Moderator:  K-12 Science Teachers Panel

Elon Ison, North Carolina State University:  Synthesis of Well-Defined Copper N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes and Their Use as Catalysts for a “Click Reaction”:  A Multistep Experiment That Emphasizes the Role of Catalysis in Green Chemistry

Dwight Stoll, Gustavus Adolphus College:  Making Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography Real – Theoretical Inspiration, Fundamental Studies, and Solutions to Practical Problems

Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin, Madison:  Silver-Catalyzed Chemoselective Amination and Applications to the Synthesis of Bioactive Amines through Allene Aziridination

Renee Frontiera (’04), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities:  Following Chemical Reactions at the Ultimate Limits of Space and Time

Louisa Bradtmiller, Macalester College:  Not Your Grandmother’s Earrings:  What Opal Tells Us About the Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

Joel Collier, University of Chicago:  Self-Assembled Peptide and Protein Immunomodulators

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Pat Holland, Yale University:  The Global Nitrogen Cycle and Nitrogen Fixation by Iron Complexes

Felix K. Amankona-Diawuo (’08), Northwestern University:  Design of Laser-driven Molecular Rotors for Molecular Electronics

Matt Bush (’03), University of Washington, Seattle:  Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry of Protein Complexes

P. Ryan Steed, Vanderbilt University:  Toward the Mechanism of an Ion-coupled Multidrug Efflux Pump

Neil Garg, University of California, Los Angeles:  Complex Molecule Synthesis as a Fuel for Discovery

Debra Rolison, U. S. Naval Research Laboratory:  Rewiring Electrochemical Energy Storage on the Macroscale via Architecture on the Nanoscale

Scott Mabury, University of Toronto:  Origin and Fate of Polyfluorinated Chemicals in the Environment; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

John Gerlt, University of Illinois:  E Unum Pluribus:  From One Enzyme to 50M Proteins; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Carol Hall, North Carolina State University:  A Computational Study of the Thermodynamic and Kinetic Origins of Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases

Senior Comps Talks:

Elijah Christensen, Tyler Cragg, Jenny Forster, Sophie Greene, and Alex Kosanovich:  The Power of Aerogels:  Bridging the Battery-Capacitor Divide for the Next Generation of Energy Storage Materials

Julia Bakker-Arkema, Molly Bostrom, Julia Greenwald, Kevin Johnson, Conor Lynch, Lucas Morrill, Brandon Taitt, and Ray Yong:  We’re so F’d:  Poly- and Per-Fluorinated Alkyl Substances in the Environment

Aaron Buckley, John Cho, Scott Erickson, Kate Richards, Alissa Severson, Emma Southgate, Ben Truax, and Reid Whitaker:  From FucD to Function:  Development of Methodology for Enzyme Function Determination


Carleton Chemistry Faculty and Academic Civic Engagement Staff:  You Decided to Major in Chemistry – Now What?  Volunteer Opportunities and Career/Grad School Information

Sibrina Collins, College of Wooster:  Designing Azaindole Ligands for the Development of Anti-Tumor Transition Metal Complexes

Terry Acree, Cornell University:  Flavor Chemistry and Perception

Nancy Levinger, Colorado State University:  Impact of a nanoscopic environment on the nature of water

Oleg Ozerov, Texas A&M University:  Reaction Discovery With Pincer Complexes

Dipa Kalyani, St. Olaf College:  Transition Metal Catalyzed Synthesis of Biaryl Compounds

Olga Selifonova and Sergey Selifonov, Founders of Reluceo, Inc. and XLTerra, Inc.:  Polymers for the 21st century:  New planet and human friendly materials with exceptional performance

Jeff Peake (’81), Shepherd Color Company:  The Chemistry of Complex Inorganic Colored Pigments

Valerie Pierre, University of Minnesota:  Imaging Metal-Induced Oxidative Stress – Lanthanides to the Rescue

Jerry Mohrig, Emeritus Professor, Carleton College:  Insights on the Stereochemistry of Proton Transfer Reactions or Twenty-Five Years of Undergraduate Research

Timothy Jamison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology:  Continuous Flow Multi-Step Synthesis

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Thomas Epps, University of Delaware:  Using Block Copolymers to Create Conducting Nanomaterials

Michael Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County:  Insights into the Mechanism of HIV-1 Genome Packaging and Assembly

Matt Ginder-Vogel (’00), University of Wisconsin, Madison:  Influences on Environmental Arsenic and Uranium Mobility:  Oxidation by Transition Metal (Hydr)oxides

Loren Williams, Georgia Institute of Technology:  Historical Biochemistry

Eric Anslyn, University of Texas, Austin:  Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry

Robert Grubbs, California Institute of Technology:  Green Chemistry and Catalysis; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Robert Grubbs, California Institute of Technology:  Olefin Metathesis Catalysts for the Preparation of Molecules and Materials

Graham Fleming, University of California, Berkeley:  Lessons from Nature on Solar Light Harvesting; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Senior Comps Talks:

Elaine Downie, Bee Lee, Brady Still, Adrienne Werth, Alex Lai, David Hanna, Ted Harmon, Brittney Mikell:  From RNA to Loren Williams and Beyond:  An RNA perspective of cations involvement in the evolution of life

Erik Klontz, Will Gagne-Maynard, Kim Bauer, Katie Ratliff, Ken Miyamoto, Jack Mullaney, Tyler Bechtel, Sharyl Rich:  Ansyln’s Analytes and Assays

Joe Boerma, Mia Borden, Anna Brezny, Dan DeRosha, Christian Padilla, Nick Wright:  One Word:  Polymers.  The development of ruthenium-based catalysts for ring opening metathesis polymerization

Milan Cvitkovic, Chris D’Amato, Emily Fairfax, Galen Gorski, Austin Jiang, Erin McDuffie, Freddy Wieffering:  Probing the Workings of the Primary Light Event in Photosynthesis using Ultrafast Laser

Michael McClellan:  Taking Chiral Cobalt out of the Mesozoic Era:  Improved Co(diNOsar) Synthesis and Analysis in an Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Megan Narvey:  Raising the Hunley:  Corrosion Processes and Conservation Strategies for Metals in Historic Shipwrecks


Nicholas Reiter (’99), Northwestern University:  Structure of the Ribonuclease P enzyme with transfer RNA (tRNA):  A molecular fossil revealed!

Christopher Murray, University of Pennsylvania:  Nanocrystal assembly:  Multi-component superlattices and nanocrystal based devices

Carleton Chemistry Faculty and Academic Civic Engagement Staff:  You Decided to Major in Chemistry – Now What?  Volunteer Opportunities and Career/Grad School Information

Christopher Douglas, University of Minnesota:  Building molecular complexity through catalytic processes involving carbon-carbon and carbon-oxygen bond activation

Carleton Science/Math Majors:  Annual All-Science and Math Poster Session

Louise Charkoudian, Stanford University:  Cracking the Polyketide Code:  How Nature Controls the Synthesis of Structurally Complex Molecules

Christine Phillips-Piro, University of California, Berkeley:  Bacterial Sensing of Nickel:  A Molecular View

Emily Mundorff, Vassar College:  Explorations in Substrate Space

Christina Vizcarra, University of California, Los Angeles:  Functional studies of the actin regulators Cappuccino and Spire

Rebecca Taurog, The Scripps Research Institute:  Multiscale Structural Studies of Viruses

Christopher Calderone, Macalester College:  The Molecules of Iron Acquisition:  It’s Hard Out Here for a Pathogen

Mark Deeg, Eli Lilly & Co.:  The Chemistry of Diabetic Complications

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota:  Einstein’s most revolutionary work:  The young turk’s contributions to early quantum theory

Loren Williams, Georgia Institute of Technology:  RNA:  Still Folding after all these Years

Nicholas Ball, California Institute of Technology:  Synthesizing Organofluorines:  Harnessing the Power of Pd(IV)

Keith Kuwata, Macalester College:  Computational Studies of Chemically Activated Species in the Troposphere

Christopher Larson (’89), Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America:  Mitigating Cardiometabolic and Inflammatory Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases

Yolanda Vasquez, Harvard University:  Two Short Stories in Nanomaterials:  Synthesis and Bio-inspired Applications

Adrian Roitberg, University of Florida:  Sometimes a pKa is not a pKa.  Protein Simulations at constant pH.

Paul Chirik, Princeton University:  Modern Alchemy:  The Chemistry of Base Metal Catalysis

Antoine van Oijen, Groningen University:  Under the hood:  Single-molecule studies of DNA replication; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Cathy Murray, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign:  Surface Bioengineering of Gold Nanorods; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University:  New Methods for Ionization in Mass Spectrometry and Applications

Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder:  Fluorescent tools for live cell imaging:  What can we monitor and what can we learn?

Lesley-Ann Giddings, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute:  Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Madagascar Periwinkle

Senior Comps Talks:

Ryan Cammarota, Katie Deeg, Peter Dunn, Jon Raberg, Sean Roberts, Karen Robinson, Erika Warrick:  Heavy Metal Sandwiches:  Rocking Out at Room Temperature to Dinitrogen Functionalization

Cody Finke, Katie France, Brian Kempers, Ernesto Llano, Kenneth Lum, Eric Olson, Melody Zhou:  DNA, I hear you’re single:  How single-molecular techniques elucidate DNA replication

Owen Demke, Chelsea Modlin, James Morrissey, Puja Patel, Alison Smyth, Diane Walters, Alfred Yeung:  Exploding Bacteria using Gold Nanorods


Academic Civic Engagement Staff; Brent Nystrom, Career Center; Chemistry Faculty:  Volunteer and Career Exploration and Information Session

Ned Bowden, University of Iowa:  Behave!  How to Separate Unruly Catalysts and Reagents in One Pot Using Materials Chemistry

Carleton Science Majors:  Annual All-Science and Math Poster Session

Malika Jeffries-EL, Iowa State University:  Design and Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers for Advanced Applications

Philippe Buhlmann, University of Minnesota:  Polymeric Fluorous Phases:  From the Ultimate Limits of Low Polarity to Biocompatibility

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Silvia Cavagnero, University of Wisconsin, Madison:  How Do Proteins Acquire a 3D Structure in the Cell?  An Interdisciplinary Journey across Organic, Physical and Biological

Matthew Whited, University of Southern California/Carleton College:  Excitation Management in Solar Dyes Using Singlets and Triplets

Daniela Kohen, Carleton College:  Can a computational chemist help curb carbon dioxide emissions?  (or Atomistic simulations of carbon dioxide in zeolites)

Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder:  Development of fluorescent sensors to monitor metal ions in living cells

Marion Cass, Carleton College:  Mechanisms that Interconvert Enantiomers in Chiral Metal Tris Chelate Molecules

Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine:  Imaging Mass Spectrometry:  Providing New Insights to Biology and Medicine

Isiah Warner, Louisiana State University:  NanoGUMBOS:  A New Breed of Nanomaterials

Jess Adkins, California Institute of TechnologyJourney to the Bottom of the Sea:  How Deep-Sea Corals Calcify and Why We Care; James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

William Jones, University of Rochester:  Strong C-H and C-C Bond Cleavage Reactions Using Homogeneous Transition Metal Complexes; James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Jeanne Pemberton, University of Arizona:  Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants from Nature’s Bacterial Microsynthetic Factories; Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Kirk Williams, University of Alabama, Birmingham:  Approaches to Understanding Obesity:  Computational Chemistry and Molecular Dynamics

Barbara Imperiali, Massachusetts Institute of Technology:  Chemical Tools for the Study of Complex Biological Systems; Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Aaron Massari, University of Minnesota:  Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Organic Electronic Interfaces

Cora MacBeth, Emory University:  Bioinspired Ligand Systems for Transition Metal Mediated Small-molecule Binding and Activation

Senior Comps Talks:

Ben Cotts, Ken Ellis-Guardiola, Anna Gallagher, Nolly Gibbs, Eric Manley, Alexandra Schefter, Kaz Skubi:  Transition Metal-Catalyzed C-H and C-C Activation:  How Hydrocarbons Go Boom, Gracefully

Sam Althauser, Grace Cooper, Dan Cremons, Sophie Hines, Andrew Hooker, Duncan Olsen, Samantha Thompson, Celine Yeh:  The Role of Past Ocean Processes in Abrupt Climate Change:  Secrets Held by Deep-Sea Corals and Sediments

Ryan Babbush, Grant Bowen, Kevin Cannaday, Martin Granick, James McMenimen:  Surface Characterization by Raman Spectroscopy

Michael Bonin, Chris Choo, Caitlin Dole, Sara Doyle, Sarah Duane, Jeremy Grevet, Liz Hecht:  A Sweet Biomarker:  Asparagine-Linked Glycosylation

John Davis:  Solar Hydrogen from Nanostructured Titanium Dioxide


Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Graduate School Information Session

Tamara Hendrickson, Wayne State University:  Indirect Biosynthesis of Gln-tRNA(Gln) in the Human Pathogen Helicobacter Pylori

David Alberg and Gretchen Hofmeister, Carleton College:  Metal-less Methodology:  Making Carbon-Carbon Bonds Using Purely Organic Reaction Components

J. Christopher Thomas, 3M Company:  (Phosphino)borates and transition metals:  Electronic effects resulting from a zwitterionic ligand framework

Carleton Science Majors:  Annual All-Science and Math Poster Session

Daron Janzen, St. Catherine University:  Electronic, Steric, and Anion Control of Solid-State Luminescence in Cyclometallated Platinum(II) Complexes

Jesse Edwards, Florida A&M University:  Molecular Dynamic Simulations of a HIV Polypeptide Protease Inhibitor and the HIV I Protease Subtypes B vs. C

Matthew Whited, University of Southern California:  A Multiple C–H Activation Approach to Iridium-Catalyzed Oxidations

Laura Kaufman, Columbia University:  Design and Characterization of Collagen Gels for Cell Migration Studies

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Daniel Kim-Shapiro (Physics ’84), Wake Forest University:  Nitric Oxide Bioavailability in Health, Disease and Therapeutics

T. Andrew Mobley (’91), Grinnell College:  Synthesis, Structural and Reactivity Studies of Organotungstenstannyl Complexes

Eric Guttag (’74), IP Law Office:  Chemistry and Law:  A Combustible Career Combination

Carla Mattos, North Carolina State University:  Allosteric Modulation of Ras:  A Direct Role for Glutamine 61 in Catalysis

Justin Gallivan, Emory University:  Reprogramming Bacteria with Small Molecules and RNA

Christopher Cramer, University of Minnesota:  Dioxygen Activation at Mono- and Binuclear Copper Enzyme Site Models

Neena Grover, Colorado College:  Thermodynamic Analysis of Small RNA Motifs

Benjamin Cravatt, The Scripps Research Institute:  Activity-based proteomics - Applications for enzyme and inhibitor discovery

Kenneth Raymond, University of California, Berkeley:  Metal-Ligand Supermolecular Clusters as Nanoscale Flasks; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Geri Richmond, University of Oregon:  At the Water’s Edge; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

F. Dean Toste, University of California, Berkeley:  Hypothesis Driven Reaction Discovery; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Karen Goldberg, University of Washington, Seattle:  Catalysis for Today’s Fuels and Chemicals:  “Green” Solutions

Senior Comps Talks:

Adrian Chow, Tina Cich, Ross Hamilton, Emily Kobernik, Jingjing Ling, Christopher Staral:  Activity-Based Protein Profiling:  Fishing in the Sea of Proteins

Grant Buckingham, Greta Kringle, Michael Lysonski, Sicelo Masango, Kevin Pollock, Bryan Rosett, Leng Sok, Mia Zutz:  Probing the Interface Using Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopy

Chris Clark, Henry Heitzer, Lindsey Madison, Colin Russell, Laura Sofen:  Molecular Catch and Release:  Metal-Ligand Coordination Chemistry

Claire Brookmeyer, Sam Cross-Knorr, Adam Fagin, Alfredo Guzman, Musetta Steinbach, Lisa Wang:  The Midas Touch: Au(I) Catalysts in Organic Synthesis


Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Graduate School Information Session

Douglas Beussman, St. Olaf College:  Proteomics and Date-Rape Drugs: Mass Spectrometry Research at St. Olaf College

Claudio Margulis, University of Iowa:  Room Temperature Ionic Liquids, a New Solvation Paradigm

Steven Drew, Carleton College:  A Platinum(II) Extended Linear Chain Material That Selectively Uptakes Benzene

Carleton Science Majors:  Annual All-Science and Math Poster Session

John Enemark, University of Arizona:  Changing SOX in a Flash: Chemistry of a Vital Molybdenum Enzyme (Joint St. Olaf/Carleton Seminar)

Gary Nicholas (’94), Bell’s Brewery:  Tales from Industry: Managing the Eccentricities of Fermentation

Keith Woo, Iowa State University:  Use of DNA for the Development of Homogeneous Catalysts

Christine Morales (’98), Iona College:  Modeling the Infrared Spectrum of a Nanoconfined Liquid

Mark Ratner, Northwestern University:  Transport in Molecular Junctions: Thoughts Coherent and Incoherent

Laura Iraci, NASA Ames Research Center:  Particles in the Earth’s Atmosphere: Chemistry, Photochemistry, and Climate Implications

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Penny Beuning, Northeastern University:  Regulation of DNA Damage Responses by a DNA Polymerase Manager Protein

Nate Lewis, California Institute of Technology:  Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Formation by Membrane-Supported Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting;The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Christopher Loss, The Culinary Institute of America:  Culinary Chemistry: An Entrée to the Sciences at The Culinary Institute of America

David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology:  Reinterpreting the Genetic Code: Non-Canonical Amino Acids in Protein Design, Evolution and Analysis;The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Tom McMurry, Ascent Pharmaceuticals:  Pepducin Technology: A New Paradigm for Modulating G Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR) Activity

Garry Crosson, University of Dayton:  A Solid-State NMR Study of Zeolite Formation in Hyperalkaline Aluminosilicate Suspensions

James Patterson (’97), University of Alabama, Birmingham:  Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Alpha-Synuclein with Detergents and Small Unilamellar Vesicles

Daniel J. Cziczo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory:  Which Aerosol Particles End Up Inside Clouds?

Senior Comps Talks:

Emily Ruff:  The Dynamics of Electron Tunneling in Electron Transfer Proteins: Determination of a Decay Constant

Nick Brom, Michael Henneberry, Fred Kieley, Dan Mammel, Seiya Medrano, Andrew Olson, Bobby Schmitz, David Selassie:  Interfacial Electron Transfer at Semiconductor-Liquid Junctions: Implications for Powering the Planet

Jennifer Bigelow, Joe Brown, Mia Brown, Jamie Chen, Robert Kennedy, Jennie Miller, Fumiko Yashiro:  Dy(e)ing to Save the Planet: Exploring Dye-Sensitized Nanocrystalline TiO2 Solar Cells

Eamon Flynn, Sarah Kunelius, Kristine Mackin, Keven Tell, Sarah Toews, Xia Xiong:  The Maillard Reaction or How I learned to stop worrying about acrylamide and love the flavor

Claire Buckler, John Hanks, Claire Liepmann, Jonathan McMurry, Cassandra Olson, Katherine Stanchak, Jia-Shyuan Su, Yirong Zhu:  The Work of David Tirrell


Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Seminars Kick-Off/Careers Discussion
Rebecca Jockusch, University of Toronto: Intrinsic Conformations of Biomolecules Probed by Mass Spectrometry, Optical Spectroscopy and Computations
Neil Sbar, SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.: Electrochromic Smart Window Technology
Carleton Science Majors: Annual All-Science and Math Poster Session
Robert Coates, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Stereochemistry and Mechanism of Terpene Synthase Cyclizations
Jimmy Blair (’02), Carleton College and University of California, Berkeley: Harnessing the Power of Chemical Genetics: Rationally-designed Affinity Probes for Tyrosine Kinases Report EGFR Inhibition in Cells
David Reingold, Juniata College: Aromatic Systems with Gaps and Holes
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Summer Research Recruiting
Nancy Mills, Trinity University: Understanding Aromaticity Through Antiaromaticity: How a Failed Research Project Turned Golden
Kathryn Splan, Macalester College: Bivalent Peptide Antagonists of Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins (IAPs)
Scott Larsen, Cephalon, Inc.: Research Chemistry Beyond the Bench: A Practical Guide to Inventorship and U.S. Patent Law
Lisa Berreau, Utah State University: Dioxygen Reactivity of Ni(II) Enolate and Enediolate Complexes
Geoff Coates, Cornell University: Development of New Catalytic Routes to Benign Polymeric Materials
Jennifer Al-Rashid, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Synthesis and Cycloadditions of Chiral Allenamides
Jeffrey Carney, University of Notre Dame: Intramolecular Hydroamination of Aminoalkynes with Silver-Phenanthroline Catalysts
Peter Gittins, St. Mary’s University: Branching in New Directions: An Introduction to Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers
Launa Lynch, Grinnell College: Isoflavones and Their Novel Analogues: Effects on EGFR Mediated Signaling Pathway in Glioblastoma Multiforme Cells
Clark Landis, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Construction, Application, and Mechanism of Enantioselective Hydroformylation Catalysts Based on 3,4-Diazaphospholanes
John Hartwig, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Organometallic Chemistry of Carbon Heteroatom Bond Formation
Steven Boxer, Stanford University: Re-engineering Photosynthetic Reaction Centers; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture
Kristopher McNeill, University of Minnesota: Natural Photochemical Nanoreactors in Aquatic Systems
Rachel Green, Johns Hopkins University: Quality Control on the Ribosome Following Peptide Bond Formation
Jerry Mohrig, Carleton College: Achieving More Effective Learning in Undergraduate Laboratories; 2008 Brasted Award Seminar
Senior Comps Talks:
Felix Amankona-Diawuo, Matt Cich, Maraia Ener, Bill Mitchell, Eric Nordland:
Hey guys, guess what! I just saved a bunch of money on asymmetric hydrogenation research by switching to computational methods!
Adam Goetz, Carrie Hurd, Sam Lemonick, Laura Marinelli, Ryan Martinez, Yui Takeshita, Kit Zall: Doctor John Hartwig/Optimizing catalysts/For the greater good
Julie Brown, Nick Brown, Hanna Dijkstal, Michael Duyzend, Beth Friedman, Matt Haffner, Olivia Jee, Hana Podhoretz, Eunice Sapp: Investigating Electron and Energy Transfer in Photosynthetic Reaction Centers


Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Seminars Kick-Off/Careers Discussion
Martin Zanni, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Femtosecond 2D IR Spectroscopy – A New Technique for Studying Structures and Dynamics
Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University: Reaction Chemistry Meets Lithography
Carleton Science Majors: Sigma Xi All-Science Poster Session
Kara Bren (’91), University of Rochester: Impact of Dynamics on Heme Protein Redox Properties
Kevin Freeman-Cook (’94), Pfizer Pharmaceutical: Organic Chemistry at Pfizer: New Compounds as Treatments for Arthritis, Oncology, and Bacterial Infections
Deborah Gross, Carleton College: MS-CHAOS, Alpine Valleys, and Biofuels: Single Particle Measurements in Switzerland and Minneapolis
David Sholl, Carnegie Mellon University: Using Atomically-Detailed Models to Accelerate Materials Discovery for Hydrogen Purification and Storage
Elaine Marzluff, Grinnell College: Structure Determination of Biological Molecules in the Gas Phase
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Summer Research Recruiting
Facundo Fernandez, Georgia Institute of Technology: Vacuum is not the Limit: Ions in Open Air Reveal the Composition of Counterfeit Drugs
Hal Van Ryswyk (’82), Harvey Mudd College: From Molecular Alligator Clips to Molecular Wires: Electron Transfer To, Through, and Within Metalloporphyrins
Sheila David, University of California, Davis: Dare to Repair: From Chemistry to Cancer
Michael Burand, University of Minnesota: Synthesis and Characterization of Oligothiophene-Based Compounds for use as Semiconducting Materials in Thin-Film Transistors
Stacey Stoffregen, Iowa State University: Sequence-Selective Cleavage of Peptide Bonds with Palladium(II) and Platinum(II) Complexes
Kelly Knutsen (’99), National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Towards Solving the World’s Energy Crisis: Ultrafast Charge Carrier Dynamics in Semiconductor Nanocrystals for Third Generation Solar Cells
Richmond Sarpong, University of California, Berkeley: Methods and Strategies Inspired by Seven-Membered Ring Containing Natural Products
Ronald Breaker, Yale University: Chemical Sensing and Gene Control by Riboswitches
R. Graham Cooks, Purdue University: Trace Organic Analysis: A Chemical Grail
Kevan Shokat, University of California, San Francisco: Chemical Genetic Analysis of Kinase Signaling in Normal and Disease Physiology
Harry Gray, California Institute of Technology: The Currents of Life: Electron Flow Through Metalloproteins
Terry Sheppard, Chief Editor, Nature Chemical Biology: Scientific Publishing as a Process and a Career
Jeffrey Roberts, University of Minnesota: Surface Functionalization and Passivation of Aerosolized Silicon Nanoparticles
Senior Comps Talks:
Erin Addison, Thayne Dickey, Danielle Hargreaves, Admire Kuchena, Christopher Ward (chemistry) and Yi An, Ron Hause, Jennifer See, Lauren Wagner (biology):
John Choiniere, David DeCresce, Ian Hill, and Rosie Molden: Dr. Quadrupole; or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Trap The Ion
Stephanie Vasko: “Less is More!”: The Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Dots: From First Principles to Current Applications
Jon Dozier, Jake Houghton, Ali Khaki, Claire Langton-Yanowitz, Yong Won Lee, Shayna Simmons, Will Van Story, Maya Warren, Peter Watson: Inside Shokat’s World: Exposing Signal Transduction Cascades
Caitlin Bowersox, Amy Gauger, Wade Johnson, Paul Klick, Matt Topeff, Ellen Valkevich: E.T. II: The Quantum Sequel


Stacey Bent, Stanford University: Bringing Organic Chemistry to the Surface
Jane Owens, Carleton College: Computational Studies of the Photodynamics of Retinal
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Careers Discussion
Ann McDermott, Columbia University: Enzyme Motions: TIM and P450
Carleton Science Majors: Annual All-Science Poster Session
Shana Kelley, Boston College: Ultrasensitive Biomolecular Detection at DNA-Modified Nanostructures
Eric Person (’95), California State University: The Chemist’s Role in Clandestine Laboratory Investigation
Elizabeth Edblom (’83), 3M: Materials Research at 3M
Marion Cass, Carleton College: Examination and Animation of Fluxional Processes that Interchange Axial and Equatorial Atoms in Simple AXn Molecules
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Summer Research Recruiting
Ron Kim (’86), Merck and Company: Glucagon Receptor Antagonists for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
Erik Sorensen, Princeton University: Reactivity and Applications of a New Diene for Organic Synthesis
Melissa Hines, Cornell University: In Search of Perfection: Controlling Surfaces with Chemistry
Dan Frisbie (’89), University of Minnesota: Organic Thin Film Electronics: A Materials Science Perspective
William Daub, Harvey Mudd College: Transition State Topologies in Claisen Rearrangements Involving Cyclic Substrates
Tobin Marks, Northwestern University: Self-Assembly Chemistry for Molecule-Based Organic and Organometallic Electronics
John Bercaw, California Institute of Technology: Alpha-Olefin Polymerizations with Metallocene Catalysts: Kinetics, Mechanisms, and Kinetic Resolutions
Carolyn Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley: Chemistry in Living Systems: New Tools for Probing the Glycome
Karin Musier-Forsyth, University of Minnesota: Nucleic Acid Chaperone Activity of HIV Nucleocapsid Protein
David Oxtoby, Pomona College: From Greenhouse Warming to the Formation of Living Cells: A New Approach to Nucleation
Senior Comps Talks:
Jason Acosta, Tommy Adams, Stephen Chapman, Mandy Chu, Whitney Kruse, Dorissa Lahner, Allison Smith, Melanie Yuen:
The Research of Tobin Marks in the Area of Organic Electronics
Caitlyn Cornell, John Grotting, Aaron Lackner, Anna Larson, Alex Marston, Sarah Russell, Andrew Ullman, Nick Wiebelhaus, Andrew Young:
Metallocene Catalyzed Polymerization
Andrew Berry, Disan Davis, Greg Ducker, Mark Ericson, Emily Johnson, Andy Nieuwkoop, Margaret Pain, Jack Rousseau, Kartik Sampath, Aki Uchida, Kate Waller:
The Research of Carolyn Bertozzi in the Area of Chemical Biology


Franz M. Geiger, Northwestern University: Tracking Environmentally Important Processes at Surfaces: From Geochemistry to Atmospheric Chemistry
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Careers Discussion
David Alberg, Carleton College: Synthesis and Evaluation of Trypanothione Reductase Inhibitors
Carleton Science Majors: Annual All-Science Poster Session
Mary Shepard Gin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Molecular Channels and Gates
Sigma Xi Panel – Joe Chihade (Chemistry), Nelson Christensen (Physics & Astronomy), Deanna Haunsperger (Mathematics & CS), Mark McKone (Biology), Mija Van Der Wege (Psychology): How We Got Where We Are: Carleton Science Faculty Discuss Their Careers
Jeff Schwinefus, St. Olaf College: Thermal Stability of the DNA Helix in Cosolvent Solutions: The Roles of Hydration and Cosolvent Binding
Jim Maher, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine: Transcription Factor Inhibition by RNA Decoys
Molly McGuire (’96), Bucknell University: Environmentally Relevant Redox Reactions at Iron-Bearing Mineral Surfaces
Angela Dickens (’97), Carleton College: Sources, Cycling and Preservation of Black Carbon in Marine Sediments from the Washington Margin
David C. Muddiman, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine: Clinical Proteomics: Making an Impact Through the Chemistry Porthole and Building Diverse Research Teams
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Summer Research Recruiting
Bruce Ault, University of Cincinnati: Matrix Isolation Spectroscopic Studies of Reaction Intermediates: Reactions of High-Valent Transition Metal Oxo Compounds
Kevin Range, University of Minnesota: You Cannot Win, You Cannot Break Even, and You Cannot Leave the Game: An Introduction to the Laws of Thermodynamics
John Tully, Yale University: Chemical Dynamics at Surfaces
Jane Owens, Wabash College: Light and Matter – Wave/Particle Duality
Sylvia Ceyer, MIT: New Surface Reaction Mechanisms: Role of Bulk H in Catalytic Hydrogenation and F Atom Abstraction by Si
François Morel, Princeton University: Trace Metals and Ocean Productivity
Gregory Verdine, Harvard University: Enzymatic Recognition and Removal of Damaged Bases in DNA
John Battiste (’90), 3M Pharmaceuticals: Optimization of the Sensitivity of 2D NMR Experiments for Structure Elucidation of Impurities/Degradants in Pharmaceuticals
Laurie J. Butler, University of Chicago: Probing Radical Intermediates of Bimolecular Reactions; The 2005 James D. Morrison Lecture
Marc Snapper, Boston College: Cyclobutadiene as a Reagent: Using Molecular Strain to Access Complexity; The 2005 Lecture on Organic Synthesis, Sponsored by Organic Synthesis, Inc.
Senior Comps Talks:

Charlie Weiss:
The Nonlinear Effect in Asymmetric Catalysis: Asymmetric Amplification and Mechanistic Probe
Andy Ault and Janel Uejio: Bulk Hydrogen: It’s Not Just a Wal-Mart Special
Meredith Cable, Eric Hamp, David Jackson, Micah Johnson, Adam Sunderland: Our Underwater Allies: How Ocean Phytoplankton Regulate Global Climate
Dave Farina, Margie Mattmann, Greg Poduska, Andy Ryan, Aistis Tumas: hOgg1: DNA’s Knight in Shining Armor
Kate Sammons: Pharmacognosy and the Effect of Developmental Stage on the Chemical Composition of Saussurea laniceps and medusa
Vickie Gunderson: Searching for the Ideal Molecular Wire: An Investigation of Electron Transfer Processes in Photoinduced and Self-Assemblied Monolayer Research
Katie Freeman: Hey Kids, Don’t Do Drugs: A Study of Methylphenidate As A Potential Therapeutic Agent for Cocaine Abuse


Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Welcome Reception for Majors
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: What to do After Carleton
Greg Muth, St. Olaf College: The Puzzling Properties of Peptidyl Transferase
Carleton Science Majors: Annual All-Science Poster Session
Paul Fischer, Macalester College: A Quest to Synthesize Intramolecular Amine-Stabilized Transition-Metal Boryl Complexes: The Adventure Begins
Camilla Lieske, Vet Toxicology Resident; Susan Roosenraad, Northfield High School Math Teacher; Steve Openshaw, Principal Scientist, Syngenta; Karissa Baker, Upper School Science Teacher; Brian Klawiter, Archeologist, Superior National Forest; Dave Watts, President and CEO, ACuTE, Inc.: Wondering What to do With Your Life?
Edward Grabowski, Merck Research Laboratories: The Design and Development of Practical Syntheses: A Potpourri of Process Research Problems
R. Lee Penn, University of Minnesota: Nanocrystal Growth by Oriented Aggregation
Brian Steer, Diversa Corporation: An Evolutionary Route to Xylanase Process Fitness
Omar Yaghi, University of Michigan: Design and Synthesis of Crystals Full of Nothing
Peter McMurry, University of Minnesota: Observations of New Particle Formation and Growth Rates in the Atmosphere
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Summer Research Recruiting
Helen Blackwell, University of Wisconsin, Madison: New Applications for Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis
James Skinner, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics of Liquid Water
Benjamin Cravatt, The Scripps Research Institute: Activity-Based Protein Profiling: Chemical Approaches for Functional Proteomics; The 2004 Lecture on Organic Synthesis, Sponsored by Organic Synthesis, Inc.
Paul Cremer, Texas A & M University: Biomembranes on a Chip
Dennis Jacobs, University of Notre Dame: Dynamics of Ion/Surface Reactions in a Low-Earth Orbit Spacecraft Environment
Kate Queeney, Smith College: A Tale of Two (three, if you count hydrogen) Elements
Mike Baca, Sunny Choh, Linnea Engel, Earnie Kim, Nick Penner, Britta Veitenheimer, Carleton Chemistry Majors: Do Looks Matter? An Exploration of the Structural Similarities of AATase and ACC Synthase and the Diverse Fates of their Natural Substrates
Matt Simcik, University of Minnesota: Analysis of Perflurochemicals and Implications for Environmental Chemistry
Jack Kirsch, University of California, Berkeley: Pyridoxal Phosphate Enzymology - From Mechanism to Directed Evolution
Sally Charles, Margaret Lo, Martha Montgomery, Ben Petersen, Kristen Randall, Lexie Schmitt, Matt Sheldon, Jonathan Takahashi, Carleton Chemistry Majors: Making the Switch: Electronics on the Molecular Scale
Nick Boekelheide, Louisa Carr, Eric Feise, Renee Frontiera, Aaron Leconte, Travis Ruthenburg, Carleton Chemistry Majors: Getting Excited by Lasers: Vibrationally Mediated Chemistry
James Heath, California Institute of Technology: Nanosystems Biology; The James D. Morrison Seminar
Seth Cohen, University of California, San Diego: A Model-Based Approach to Metalloprotein Inhibitor Design
Sandra Rodriguez-Cruz, Southwest Laboratory of the Drug Enforcement Administration: A Day in the Life of a Forensic Chemist
F. Fleming Crim, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Using Lasers to Explore and Control Chemical Reactions
Charles Carlin, Carleton College: A Carleton Chemist at Scotland Yard


Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Welcome Reception and Careers Seminar

Carleton Science Majors:  Annual All-Science/Math Poster Session

Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois, Urbana:  Slow Energy Flow and Fast Folding: The Complex Dynamics of Molecules Small and Large

Lara Weinstein Szewczak, Yale University:  Atoms matter! Nucleotide analogs reveal RNA-protein interactions in living cells

Peter J. Alaimo, University of California, San Francisco:  Chemical-genetics: A Tool for Decoding Cellular Signaling Pathways

Joseph Chihade, Williams College: Freaks, Geeks, and the Second Genetic Code: Mitochondrial Alanyl-tRNA Synthetases

Scott D. Rychnovsky, University of California, Irvine:  Prins Cyclization Reaction In Natural Product Synthesis

Dave Alberg, Steve Drew, Deborah Gross, Gretchen Hofmeister, Will Hollingsworth, Dani Kohen, Jerry Mohrig:  Summer 2003 Research in the Carleton Chemistry Department

Douglas H. Ohlendorf, University of Minnesota:  Structural Biology of Gram Positive Virulence

John Wright, University of Wisconsin, Madison:  Coherent Multidimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy - The Optical Analogue to 2D-NMR

Natalia Tretyakova, University of Minnesota Cancer Center:  Mass Spectrometry of Chemically Modified DNA

Robert Fecik, University of Minnesota Cancer Center:  The Design of FtsZ Polymerization Inhibitors as Novel Antibacterial Agents

Robert Kennedy, University of Michigan:  Analytical Chemistry of Neurotransmitters and Hormones

Eric Simanek, Texas A&M University:  Dendrimers Based on Melamine: From Medicine to Materials for the Environment

Paul Archer, Jane Coughlin, Dominique Fontanilla, Will Myers, Laura Phillips, Julie Rivers, Carleton Chemistry Seniors:  DEBS Does Erythromycin: The BEST and ONLY Chemistry Comps Talk of 2003!!!

David E. Cane, Brown University:  Mechanism and Structure of Biosynthetic Enzymes. How Nature Makes Vitamin B6; The James D. Morrison Seminar in Chemistry

Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University:  Advances in Asymmetric Catalysis; The 2003 Lecture on Organic Synthesis, Spon