Departmental Seminars

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Departmental Seminar Series covers a broad range of fields in the Chemical and Biochemical Sciences. In past seminars, scientists from Academia, Government, and Industry have presented their most recent discoveries and contributions in their respective areas.

This Seminar Series offers students and faculty the opportunity to interact directly with other leaders in their specializations and to gain a good overview of the entire range of fields in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The in-person location will be CL 1009 in the Clendenin Building, Kennesaw Campus. Virtual meetings will be held via Microsoft TEAMS. All seminars will be at 12:30pm.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - (CL 1009)

  • Dr. Brian Long, Associate Professor at University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Title: "Make it or Break it: The Power of Polymer Chemistry in Applied Membrane Science"
  • Abstract: Whether synthetic or biological in origin, membranes are of critical importance to countless processes that impact our lives, or even regulate life itself. For example, synthetic membranes are often used in challenging industrial separations, such as the purification of natural gas feedstocks, production of nitrogen from atmospheric air, hydrogen recovery in synthesis gas plants, and even the removal of harmful greenhouse gases from our atmosphere. On the other hand, lipid membranes that envelop our cells contain thousands of protein complexes that regulate and perform essential biological functions. The fundamental understanding of the biological role of these proteins is crucial to many ongoing research efforts, such as targeted drug design. The Long Research Group strives to harness the power of polymer chemistry to develop improved fundamental understandings within these aspects of membrane science: the design and synthesis of functional polymeric membranes (make it) and the use of amphiphilic copolymers for the controlled disruption and extraction of biological membranes (break it). More specifically, we will show our progress toward the design of substituted polynorbornene-based materials for the separation of greenhouse gases and purification of natural gas, as well as the development of next-generation styrene-maleic acid copolymers to facilitate enhanced trans-membrane protein extraction efficiencies and probe its mechanistic details.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  • Dr. Maia Popova, UNC Greensboro (virtual)

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

  • Dr. Danielle Fagnani, University of Michigan (virtual)

Tuesday, January 18, 2021

  • Dr. Emily Pentzer, Texas A & M (virtual)
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