Chemistry Department Seminar Schedule

 If you are interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Charles Chusuei by email.  Come early to chat with the speaker and other attendees.  Due to social distancing and covid-19 measures, all seminars will be presented on Zoom until further notice.  During the Fall and Spring semesters, normal seminar meeting times are on Fridays at 3:15PM.

Reminders to MS students:  Turn in your abstract pages to the seminar host at the conclusion of each scheduled talk, following the Q&A session. Consult the MS Chemistry Handbook for important requirements to be fulfilled for your degree. Remember to submit your abstract (click here  to see an example) 10 days before your scheduled defense date.
Additional information can be found on our MTSU MS Chemistry Blog.


July 2, 2020

Mr. Mustapha Abdulmojeed (MS thesis defense)
"Tuning Photophysical Properties in Closo-decaborane Derivatives"
Thursday at 1:00 pm on Zoom

July 6, 2020

Mr. Justin Marsee (MS thesis defense)
"Furthering the Understanding of MtbClpS Regulation of MtbClpC1 as it Relates to Structure and Function"
Monday at 12:00 pm on Zoom

Aug 10, 2020 Mr. Lucas Bryant (MS thesis defense)
"Cobalt-catalyzed Acceptorless Dehydrogenative Homocoupling of Secondary Alcohols to Ketones"
Monday at 12:00 pm on Zoom
Sep 4, 2020 Dr. Charles Chusuei, MTSU Chem Dept
"Welcome back, MS Chemistry students!"
Sep 11, 2020 Ms. Daniela Taylor (MS thesis defense)
"Development of a Multi-Spectral Scheme for Identifying Color Dyes and Their Toxicity Properties"
Sep 18, 2020 Dr. Bill Wuest, Emory University
"Slaying Superbugs One Natural Product at a Time"
(Host: Dr. Kevin Bicker)
Sep 25, 2020 Dr. Xuanzhi Zhan, Tennessee Tech University
"Molecular Recognition in MAPK Cascades"
Oct 2, 2020 Dr. Michael Shatruk, Florida State University
Title TBA
Oct 9, 2020 Dr. Tianning Diao, New York University
"The Persistence of Nickel Radicals as Cross-Coupling Intermediates"
(Host: Dr. Keying Ding)
Oct 16, 2020 Dr. Carson Prevatte, MTSU Chem Dept
"The Discovery, Synthesis, and Characterization of Biological Signaling Molecules and Signaling Disruptors"

Oct 23, 2020

MS thesis defense TBA

Oct 30, 2020

Dr. Elissa Williams, NASA, Greenbelt, MD
"NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Detector Development Laboratory"

Nov 6, 2020

Dr. Daniel L. Baker, University of Memphis
"Toward Orphan G Protein-Coupled Receptor Ligand Discovery: Collaborative Computational Benchmarking Efforts"

Nov 13, 2020

Dr. Amitava Choudhury, Missouri University of Science & Technology
Title TBA

Nov 20, 2020

Mr. Nawaraj Karki (MS thesis defense)
"Electrochemical Detection of Dopamine with p-Doped Silicon Nanowires"


Mr. Nosakhare Igie (MS thesis defense)
"Development of Phytochemical Extraction Methods Using Microwave and Ultrasonication Techniques"


Dr. Konstantinos Vogiatizis, Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
"Quantum Chemistry in the Era of Artificial Intelligence"

Note to visiting seminar speakers:  The address of the Science Building is: 440 Friendship Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.  You may set your GPS destination to this location.  A parking spot will be reserved for you in advance of your visit.