Fall 2021 Seminar Series

ZOOM links to the seminars will be sent individually to members of the Chemistry Department. People outside of the department may request access by email. (

TH, September 2
2pm, Reiss 112
Departmental Safety Seminar
Susan Martin and Danelle Chaves (EH&S), Ben Welch
Host: Swift
TH, September 9
2pm, Reiss 112
Bystander Seminar Program
Bisi Okubadejo and Kay Bhagat-Smith
Host: DEI committee

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TH, September 16
2pm, Reiss 112
Prof. Wei You
Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Host: Gavvalappalli
“Design and Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers towards Commercialization of Organic Solar Cells”
TH, September 23
2pm, Reiss 112
Dr. Michael Shepard
Explosives Detection Equipment Program, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Maryland.
Host: Jorabchi
“Emerging Explosives Detection Capabilities and Considerations”
TH, September 30
2pm via Zoom
Prof. Ulrike Endesfelder
University of Bonn, Germany
Host: Braselmann
“Visualizing cellular life: From single cell imaging to in vivo single-molecule biochemistry and (micro-)biology”.
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TH, October 7
2pm, Reiss 112
Prof. Carlos Bustamante
Department of Biophysics, University of California – Berkeley
Host: Maillard
“Division of Lobor and Mechanism of Translocation in a Ring ATPase”
TU, October 19
2pm, Reiss
7th Semester Graduate Student Seminars
TH, October 21
2pm, Reiss 112
7th Semester Graduate Student Seminars
TU, October 26
2pm, Reiss
7th Semester Graduate Student Seminars
TH, October 29
2pm, Reiss 112
7th Semester Graduate Student Seminars
TH, November 4
TH, November 11
TH, November 18
Prof. Brian Smith (GU ’05)
Department of Chemistry
Bucknell University
Host: Holman/Swift
TH, December 2
2pm, via Zoom
Dr. Lora Angelova
The National Archives, United Kingdom
Host: Weiss
TH, December 9
2pm, Reiss 112
Prof. Cynthia Dowd
Department of Chemistry
George Washington University
Host: Roepe
TH, December 16
2pm, Reiss 112
Prof. Andre Clayborne
Department of Chemistry
George Mason University
Host: Ichiye

21st Century Postdoctoral Fellow to Conduct Cutting Edge Research Across Labs

December 2nd, 2020

Louise Djapgne, a new 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Chemistry, brings her skills as a molecular biologist to the field of biophysics at Georgetown in order to advance research around the membrane transporter lacY permease.  “Being able to apply my expertise while learning new skills is beyond exciting,” Djapgne says. “Though I […]

Chemistry Professor Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Global Scholarship for Research on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases

October 20th, 2020

YuYe J. Tong, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and director of the Environmental Metrology & Policy Program, was awarded a competitive Fulbright Global Scholar Award for his collaborative research that examines more efficient and selective ways to convert the dominant greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) back to value-adding chemicals. The latter aims to help close a circular process for achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions.

New College Faculty for 2020-2021

September 2nd, 2020

Georgetown College is pleased to welcome 24 new full-time faculty members with primary appointments in 16 College departments and programs. This cohort will help enrich the student experience through their varied and nuanced areas of study.

Chemistry, History, Psychology: College Professors from Varied Disciplines Recognized as Provost’s Distinguished Professors

February 7th, 2020

Since 2016, a small group of faculty are selected each year to receive the honor of the Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professors. These educators have made a huge impact in their field of research while at the university, and have shared their passions with their students, the Georgetown community and beyond. This year, Department of History professor Kathryn de Luna, Department of Psychology professor Adam Green and Department of Chemistry professor Kaveh Jorabchi were three of the four faculty chosen.