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The Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University sponsors events each semester; faculty, staff, students and the general public are welcome to attend.

Spring 2024 Seminar Speakers

Location: 1260 Chemistry Building

Monday, February 26, 2024, 4-5 p.m.
Dr. Rachel Powers R. Powers Seminar Flyer 2.26.2024
Title: Elucidating structural features of boronic acids for cross-class inhibition of ß-lactamases

Monday, March 11, 2024, 4-5 p.m.
Martha Gammill, J.D  M. Gammill Seminar Flyer 3.11.2024
Title: Patents 101

Monday, March 25, 2024, 4-5 p.m.
Dr. Daniela Arias-Rotundo D. Arias-Rotondo Seminar Flyer 3.25.2024
Title: Towards earth-abundant photoredox catalysts: Photoactive complexes of manganese


Spring 2024 department events

 Friday, April 19, 2024

  • 1 - 2 p.m. - Chemistry Poster Session, Chemistry Atrium
  • 2 - 3 p.m. - Chemistry Awards & Scholarships Ceremony, CHEM 1220
  • 3 - 3:30 p.m. - Chemistry End of Semester Celebration, Chemistry Atrium

 2024 Department of Chemistry End of Semester Events Flyer

Spring 2024 Thesis, Dissertations, and Literature Seminars

Friday, March 15, 2024, 1-3 p.m.
Pooja Singh, Dissertation Defense P. Singh Dissertation Defense Announcement 3.15.2024
Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Heavy Metal Oxoanion and Phosphonate Binding Nanojars

Friday, April 5, 2024, 1-2 p.m.
Javeria Akram, Literature Seminar J. Akram Literature Seminar Abstract 4.5.2024
Title: The Interaction of Porcine Dihydropyrimidine Dehydrogenase with the Chemotherapy Sensitizer: 5 Ethynyluracil\

Friday, April 12, 2024, 1-2 p.m.
Chhiring Sherpa, Thesis Defense

Monday, April 15, 2024, 4-5 p.m.
Anna Essenburg, Literature Seminar A. Essenburg Literature Seminar Abstract 4.15.2024
Title: Molecular Basis for a Toluene Monooxygenase to Govern Substrate Selectivity

Friday, April 26, 2024, 1-2 p.m.
Maya Turon, Literature Seminar M. Turon Literature Seminar Abstract 4.26.2024
Title: Assessing College Students’ Risk Perceptions of Hazards in Chemistry Laboratories



For more information regarding speakers, location, or parking please contact Courtney Buckmaster at or (269) 387-2845.