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Chemical Society Seminar: Sabrina Leslie - Deconstructing biology with simple single-molecule imaging: Controlling conformation, confinement, and concentration

8 Jan 2019 13:00

Molecular biology is messy and complex. The future of life sciences research, drug development, and many other fields depends on our ability to unravel the complex, molecular phenomena that underlie cellular function. Using currently available technologies, it is still challenging and costly to conduct single-molecule measurements that can potentially reveal the true complexity of life at the molecular scale....

Chemical Society Seminar: Mark MacLachlan - New Materials from Cellulose Nanocrystals

22 Jan 2019 13:00

Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) can be extracted from biomass, including cotton and wood pulp. The resulting CNCs form stable colloidal suspensions in water and also organize into a chiral nematic liquid crystal when concentrated above ~4 wt% in water. This chiral nematic organization is retained in dried films of CNCs, giving films with bright, iridescent colors.[1]


Chemical Society Seminar: Elizabeth Gillies - Design and Development of New Functional Polymers for Biomedical Applications

29 Jan 2019 13:00

Polymers have been used for many decades as the key structural components of numerous commercial products. It is only over the past couple of decades that transformative advancements in polymer chemistry have enabled the preparation of well-defined polymers with specifically tailored functionalities, degradation properties, and molecular architectures. This is enabling new applications of polymers in a range of fields....

Chemical Society Seminar: Wolfgang Schuhmann - From nanoelectrochemistry to electrocatalysis for energy conversion

12 Feb 2019 13:00

Nano- and microelectrochemistry allows investigating biocatalytic or electrocatalytic systems largely circumventing mass transport limitations. Hence, approaching smaller and smaller dimensions in electro­chemistry is supposed to be beneficial for obtaining in-depth insight into electrocatalytic processes....

Chemical Society Seminar: Guillermo Bazan - Molecular Design of Conjugated Oligoelectrolytes for Bioelectrochemical Applications and Antibiotic Development

12 Mar 2019 13:00

Conjugated polymers and oligomers are typically thought of being relevant within the context of emerging optoelectronic technologies. This presentation will highlight how a subset of these materials, namely conjugated oligoelectrolytes (COEs) can be designed for the perturbation and modulation of microbial processes. The first section of the talk will focus on the self-assembly and intercalation of COEs with lipid bilayer membranes....