Inorganic Chemistry Seminar: Dr. Ellen Matson, University of Rochester

Tue, 2019-01-08 00:00 - 01:00

Dr. Ellen Matson

University of Rochester


Title: Polyoxovanadate-alkoxide clusters: Redox-active Scaffolds for the Multielectron Activation of Small Molecules
Abstract:  The development of alternative fuels from secure and sustainable resources is one the greatest environmental and economic challenge society faces today. To meet increased energy demands and mitigate rising atmospheric greenhouse gas levels, new carbon-neutral resources must be developed. The conversion of inert, abundant molecules, such as N2O and CO2, into chemical fuels (NH3 and CH3OH, respectively) represents an attractive solution, as energy is stored in chemical bonds of molecules that are easily transported as liquids. However, currently these fuels are produced through the activation of small molecules via heterogeneous processes conducted at extreme temperatures and pressures, requiring expensive, dedicated facilitiesResearch in the Matson Group focuses on using synthetic inorganic chemistry to address these issues related to energy storage and production. Toward accomplishing these goals, we are investigating the synthesis, characterization and reactivity of heterometallic polyoxovanadate-alkoxide clusters. These unique, multimetallic assemblies are generated in high yields via solvothermal reactions from simple molecular precursors. Notably, the polyoxovanadate subunit possesses a high degree of redox flexibility, rendering it ideal for supporting multielectron transformations of inert, gaseous substrates. Herein, we present our results related to the activation of small molecules across heterometal-functionalized polyoxovanadate-alkoxide clusters.   

Carol Lynch Lecture Hall

Chemistry Complex

Host: Dr. Tomosn


Organic Lecturer Position Opening

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a lecturer position in the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory. This is a nine month, non-tenure track appointment with a flexible starting date of January 2019. Responsibilities include organic chemistry laboratory instruction and curriculum development; supervision, mentoring, and training of Teaching Assistants; and supervision of laboratory technician(s).

Chemistry Faculty Honored by American Physical Socity

Zahra Fakhraai, Marsha I. Lester, and Abraham Nitzan have all been named as recipients of American Physical Society national awards. 


Physical Chemistry Seminar, Dr Shelley Claridge, Purdue

Thu, 2019-01-24 13:00 - 14:00

Dr. Shelley Claridge



Standing, Lying, and Sitting: Transforming the Cell Membrane

to Interface with Synthetic Nanomaterials

Shelley A. Claridge1,2

1Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

2Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


A surprisingly broad array of problems in modern materials chemistry relate to creating interfaces with two distinct, well-structured chemical environments at near-molecular scales. For instance, positioning nm-wide metal and semiconductor features with a pitch of 5-7 nm in a nonconductive matrix represents a central requirement for next-generation nanoelectronic devices.  Controlling interfacial chemical structure at scales from 5-10 nm is difficult using conventional lithographic patterning techniques. At the same time, a 6-nm pattern forms the cross-section of biological cell membranes, with distinct chemical environments created by a bilayer of phospholipids. We find powerful functions of phospholipid chemistry are preserved when the molecules are instead assembled in striped phases, in which the alkyl tails lie flat on a surface and the headgroups form 1-nm-wide stripes with a pitch of ~6 nm. We will discuss the relationship between structure and function at these interfaces, and useful material properties that emerge from the unusual surface chemistry; these include assembly of inorganic nanocrystals and crystallization of functional organic molecules.



Shelley Claridge received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and biochemistry from Texas A&M University, and subsequently worked as a software engineer for six years prior to completing a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley with Paul Alivisatos and Jean Fréchet. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Paul Weiss at UCLA, she joined the faculty at Purdue University in 2013. Her research at Purdue has been recognized with Young Investigator awards from NSF, DARPA, 3M, and DuPont (one of 8 globally), and received emerging investigator recognitions from Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, Analytical Methods, and Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.



Carol Lynch Lecture Hall

Chemisty Compplex

Host: Fakharri / Murray



Novartis Lectures (Julien Papillon, Novartis & Anna Pyle, Yale University)

Thu, 2018-11-29 14:00

Dr. Julien Papillon



Prof. Anna Pyle

Yale University

Lynch Lecture Hall
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Organic Reactions Lecture (Dirk Trauner, NYU)

Mon, 2018-10-29 16:00 - 17:00

Prof. Dirk Trauner

New York University

Lynch Lecture Hall

Drawing Inspiration from Nature’s Reactions and Receptors

Inorganic Chemistry Seminar: Dr. Brad P. Carrow, Princeton

Tue, 2019-02-05 12:00 - 13:00

Brad P. Carrow


Carol Lynch Lecture Hall

Chemistry Complex

Host: Dr. Schelter

title and abstract :TBA


HTE Center Director Position Opening

The University of Pennsylvania is seeking a Director of High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) responsible for designing and developing reactions for micro-scale parallel reaction optimization and developing parallel synthesis designs and workflows for the fee-for-service center, and support ongoing efforts of the academic groups at UPenn and other external colleges.


Please click here for more information and to apply.

Axalta Distinguished Lecture: Charles Lieber, Harvard

Thu, 2018-10-25 16:00
Prof. Charles Lieber, Harvard University
Room 102

Department of Chemistry

231 S. 34 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323

215.898.8317 voice | 215.573.2112 fax |

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