UCD School of Chemistry Seminar Series 2017/18

Seminars take place on Wednesdays in the S3.56, unless otherwise indicated.

*Pre-seminar coffee and tea will be served 15 minutes before the seminar behind the glass wall on the third floor (A3)*

Wed 20th September

3.00 pm

Prof. Peter Metz, (TU Dresden)

Total Synthesis of Hydroazulene Natural Products

Wed 11th October

4.00 pm

David Jenkins (University of Tennessee)

Macrocyclic tetracarbene complexes for catalytic C2 + N1 aziridination

Fri 13th October

3.00 pm

Carlo Unverzagt (University of Bayreuth)

Wed 18th October

4.00 pm (tbc)

Rob Stockman (University of Nottingham)

“Simple Methods for Complex Molecule Synthesis”

Wed 8th November

4.00 pm

Sam de Visser (University of Manchester)

Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Studies of Enzymatic Reaction Mechanisms

Wed 17th November

3.00 pm

Prof Kylie Vincent (Oxford)

Insight into the mechanism of H2 oxidation by NiFe hydrogenases from infrared spectroscopy under electrochemical control

Friday 8th November

3.00 pm

Prof. Dominique Langevin (University of Paris-Sud)

Aqueous Foams and their Stability

Friday 8th December

All day

CSCB Symposium (Prof Martin Smith, Prof Larry Que, Prof Allison Hulme, Prof Don Hilvert, Prof Steve Davies)

Tuesday 12th December

14.00-14.40 Professor Birgit Weber, University of Bayreuth

Molecular Sensors at the Nanoscale - Luminescence and Synthesis of Nano-Composites

14.40-15.20 Professor Hans-Jörg Krüger, University of Kaiserslautern

Valence Tautomerism and Spin-Crossover in Cobalt Dioxolene Complexes:

Strategies to Adjust the Electronic Ground States of Metal Ions and Organic Ligands

15.20-15.40 Coffee

15.40-16.20 Dr Johannes Klein, University of Groningen

Controlling the reactivity of high-valent iron complexes: Is the thiolate ligand privileged?

16.20-17.00 Professor Wesley Browne, University of Groningen

Catching reactive intermediates in oxidation catalysis

Tues 16th January

3.00 pm – S1.67

Prof. Jim McGrath, (University of Rochester)

The Benefits of Being Thin: The Revolutionary Potential of Ultrathin Silicon Membranes for Medicine and Biology

Wed 24th-Fri 26th January

UCD Final Year Research Project Talks

Wed 31th January

1.00 pm

Prof Anton Vidal (ICIQ, Tarragona)

Efficient enantioselective catalysts for C-H and C-C bond forming reactions

Thurs 8th February

3.00 pm

129 SCN

Prof Amelia Rauter (University of Lisbon)

Discovery of Potent and Selective Sodium Glucose Co-Transporter 2 Inhibitors: The Miracle of Chemistry

Fri 16th February


Dr Petrica Dulgheru (Bosal)

How can catalysis help solve emissions problems in the automotive industry: from laboratory to industrial application

Thurs 22nd February

H2.22, 4.00pm

Prof. Paul Clarke (University of York)

Adventures in the Syntheses of Natural Products

Fri 2nd March

2.00 pm – S1.67

Prof. Douglas Tobias (University of California, Irvine)

RSC Soft Matter & Biophysical Chemistry Award Lecture

Computer modeling to simulate the motion of atoms in protein molecules to better understand biological processes. It has provided insights into nerve impulses and cataract formation

Mon 5th March

3.00 pm

Prof. George Christou

Mon 5th March

Tbc – 4.00pm

Professor Matthew Jones (University of Bath)

Initiators for the Production of Polylactide

Thurs 15th March

4.00 pm

Chemsoc Welcome Lecture – Marcus Baumann (UCD)

(not part of formal seminar series)

Thurs 22nd March

2pm - tentatively

Prof Stuart Conway (University of Oxford)



Wed 28th March

S3.56, 4.00 pm

Prof. Ilan Marek (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology)

Remote Functionalization

Wed 4th April,

Prof. Pierre Karam (American University of Beirut)

Developing a Fluorescent Based Nanothermometer Using Conjugated Polyelectrolytes

Wed 11th April

1.00 pm

Isabel Roza (TCD)

DNA and beyond: a guanidine adventure

Wed 18th April

1.00 pm

Marcus Baumann (UCD)

Continuous Flow Photochemistry: Challenges and Opportunities

Fri 20th April

1.00 pm

Max Garcia Melchor (TCD)

Understanding and Designing Novel Catalytic Systems for Energy Applications

Thur 26th April

10am - 6pm

Chemistry Research Day and Chemistry Society Inaugural Lecture

Prof Chris Dobson (University of Cambridge)

Alzheimer's Disease: Addressing a 21st Century Plague

Wed 2nd May

3.00 pm

Professor Syuzanna Harutyunyan (University of Groningen)

RSC Homogeneous Catalysis Award Lecture

Pioneering work on asymmetric synthesis, establishing an entirely new role for Cu(I)-based catalysts and the use of Lewis acid and Grignard reagent combinations

Fri 4th May

2.00 pm

Dr Andrew Lawrence (University of Edinburgh)

RSC Hickinbottom Award Lecture

Biomimetic Natural Product Synthesis

Wed 9th May

Prof. Bing Yan (Shandong University)[CBNI]

Aiming at Systematic Exploration of Nano-Bio Interactions

Thurs 10th May

Dr. Bryce Feltis (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT))

The Almost (but not Really) Complete Journey of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles

Mon 28th May

4.30 pm

Prof. Stellios Arseniyadis (Queen Mary University of London, Arseniyadis Lab)

"Simple synthetic tools, great outcome: From bio-hybrid catalysis to  organometallic catalysis, recent results"

Tues 29th May

9 - 5pm

Dublin Chemistry, 3rd Year Talks Day, Hamilton Building, TCD 

Fri 1st June

3.00 pm

Professor John E. Clements (University of Sydney) S3.56

“Spin Crossover and Postsynthetic Modification Within Porous Materials”