Trost Lecture - Manfred Reetz (Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung), Monday, December 9, 2013

Mon, 2013-12-09 16:00 - 17:30

Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Department

Axalta Coatings Lecture - Robert Langer (MIT), Thursday October 24, 2013

Thu, 2013-10-24 15:30 - 16:30

Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Department

MacDiarmid Medal - Tobin Marks (Northwestern University), Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tue, 2013-10-08 16:00 - 17:30

Prof. Tobin J. Marks

Northwestern University


Interface Science of Organic Photovoltaics


Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Department

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Joullie Lecture - Peter Wipf (University of Pittsburgh), Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thu, 2013-09-19 16:00 - 17:30

Prof. Peter Wipf

University of Pittsburgh


From Strained Carbocycles to Heterocycles


Lynch Room, Chemistry Department

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Daniel J. Mindiola Joins the Chemistry Department

Daniel J. Mindiola has been named the fourth Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Aug. 1. Mindiola will be Presidential Term Professor of Chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences.


The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.


Daniel J. Mindiola

First Name: 
Daniel J.
Last Name: 
Official Title: 
Brush Family Professor of Chemistry

Inorganic and Organometallic Synthesis, Catalysis, and Mechanistic Chemistry

Contact Information
Office Location: 
550 Chemistry
(215) 898-5247
Admin Support: 

• B.S. in Chemistry with honors, Michigan State University (1996)

• Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000)

• NIH and FORD Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago (2000-02)

• Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Bloomington (2002)

• Associate Professor, Indiana University-Bloomington (2007)

• Full Professor, Indiana University-Bloomington (2010)

Research Interests: 

The Mindiola research program entails the synthesis of transition metal complexes that possess interesting coordination environments, reactive ligand scaffolds, and unusual electronic and magnetic features. Most of our efforts are devoted to the synthesis of early- and mid-transition metal complexes, especially systems that are unsaturated and reactive.  We enjoy preparing and studying transition metal radicals, in particular those of the 3d series. In addition to synthesis, we explore new reaction chemistry with small molecules and novel mechanisms in order to understand how these transformations can improve or be of importance to industrial processes. One of our themes has been the assembly of metal-complexes having metal-ligand multiple bonds and their reactivity with small saturated and unsaturated molecules. To date, the Mindiola group has produced more than 120 peer reviewed scientific contributions.

Greg Scholes, University of Toronto; Physical Chemistry Seminar

Thu, 2013-06-27 13:00

Prof. Gregory Scholes

University of Toronto


Functional novelties employed in light harvesting by diverse photosynthetic systems




Photosynthetic light harvesting complexes are sophisticated multichromophoric assemblies used to regulate and concentrate photo-excitations for delivery to reaction centers under wide-ranging incident irradiances [1]. They provide wonderful model systems for the study of energy transfer mechanisms in well-defined structures [2]. I will describe a few examples of ultrafast energy transfer in photosynthetic light harvesting, including the incredible use of nominally dark higher excited states of carotenoids to distribute excitation energy in LH2 from purple bacteria [3]. I will address the current status and issues regarding coherent ultrafast energy transfer in light harvesting complexes of cryptophyte algae.


[1] G. D. Scholes, T. Mirkovic, D. B. Turner, F. Fassioli and A. Buchleitner “Solar light harvesting by energy transfer: From ecology to quantum mechanics” Energy Environ. Sci. 5, 9374–9393 (2012).

[2] G. D. Scholes, G. R. Fleming, A. Olaya-Castro and R. van Grondelle, “Lessons from nature about solar light harvesting” Nature Chem. 3, 763–774 (2011).

[3] E. E. Ostroumov, R. M. Mulvaney, R. J. Cogdell, G. D. Scholes, “Broadband 2D Spectroscopy Reveals a Carotenoid Dark State in Purple Bacteria”, Science 340, 52–56 (2013).


Lynch Lecture Hall

Tedori-Callinan Lecture Series 2013: Emily A. Carter, Princeton University

Thu, 2013-04-25 13:30

Emily A. Carter, Princeton University


Heilmeier Hall, Towne Building Room 100


"Quantum Mechanics and the Future of the Planet"

Virgil Percec Elected to Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA

Virgil Percec has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. The IVA is the oldest academy of engineering sciences in the world, formed in 1919.

James Petersson Honored by JPOC

James Petersson is just the 8th recipient of the JPOC Award for Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry. The Award includes the opportunity to give a lecture at the Gordon Research Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry.

James was also picked as one of just two US Young Investigator representatives to the European Society for Organic Chemistry Meeting in Marseilles.

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