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Weekly: MPCB 101 – 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm


Friday, April 28, 2017

Jesus Gonzalez, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Novel inhibitors of Borrelia burgdorferi nucleosidases”

Sammy Walker, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Structure-activity relationship of α-conotoxin mutants”


Friday, April 21, 2017

Dalton Compton, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Oxidative Analysis of Sebaceous Oil and its uses in Forensic Science”

Dannie Makar, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Engineering a Copolymer for Designed Carbon Nanotube Interfaces”


Friday, April 14, 2017

Seth Rourk, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Evaluating the Impact of Tether Position on the Intramolecular Oxazolium Salt/Azomethine Ylide Cycloaddition Sequence”

Brandon Stevenson, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Electrochemical Reduction of Aqueous Uranium”


Friday, April 7, 2017

Thomas Garrett, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Spontaneous Oligomerization of Hydroxymethylated Pyrimidines in Aqueous Solutions”

Ally Isnor, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Analysis of a Nitric Oxide Cold Atmospheric Plasma Device”


Friday, March 31, 2017

Jenny Fothergill, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Directed Solid-Phase Synthesis of α-Conotoxin MII”

Melissa Roberts, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Nitrogen Heterocycles and the pre-RNA World”


Friday, March 17, 2017

Kevin Shumard, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Chromatic shift of C­60-binary solvent systems: Solvatochromism or scattering?”


Friday, February 10, 2017

Romaric Mukuna, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Synthesis and Analysis of MTN Inhibitors: A Potential New Class of Antimicrobials to Treat Drug Resistant Infections”

Christel Starry, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Forensic Analysis of Fingerprint Residue for Validating Crime Scene Evidence”


Friday, March 3, 2017

Neil Rexrode, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Development of a Fluorescence Polarization Assay for RhII”


Friday, February 24, 2017

Patrick Schwartz, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Electronic Cigarettes: An Investigative Study into Consumer Safety”


Friday, February 17, 2017

Meagan Boll, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Determining the Role Played by the MTN Enzyme in the Virulence of Hemorrhagic E. coli 

Savannah Irving, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Investigation into the Synthesis and Oxidative Properties of Colloidal C60”


Friday, February 10, 2017

Jonathan Prince, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “An Investigation Into the Accuracy of Thermochemical Data Derived From the Weizmann Methods”

Kelsey Skluzacek, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Structure-based drug design of novel therapeutics targeting metastatic breast cancer”


Friday, February 3, 2017

Ashley Poppe, Boise State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Title: “Acyl-substrate Recognition in the Binding and Chemical Steps of BmaI1 in Burkholderia mallei


Friday, January 20, 2017

T. Leo Liu, Utah State University, Department of Chemistry &  Biochemistry
Title: “Redox Flow Batteries for Large Scale Energy Storage
Abstract: At first, a brief introduction will be given to highlight basic information about Utah State University and ongoing education and research activities in the Department of Chemistry at USU. The rest of the presentation will cover my group research efforts in developing high energy density and low cost battery systems aiming for large-scale energy storage from sustainable sources. Beyond traditional battery systems such as Li-ion batteries and lead-acid batteries etc., redox flow batteries are highly attractive and promising technologies because of their high energy and/or power densities, low costs, and operation safety. Challenges and advances in developing redox flow batteries for practical applications will be discussed. Particularly, how chemistry plays crucial roles in developing the new generations of redox flow batteries will be emphasized.
Biography: Dr. Tianbiao Leo Liu received his Ph.D from Texas A&M University in 2009, served as staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2013 to 2015, and is currently an assistant professor at Utah State University. His research is broadly spread on energy and green chemistry including electrocatalysis, electrochemical energy storage, and environmentally benign chemical transformations.