Seminars & Events

<< Week of April 25 >>

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: "Pumps, pores and channels - out of the membrane into the gas phase"

Lecture: Structural & Quantitative Biology | April 23 | 4-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Note change in location

 Professor Dame Carol Robinson, University of Oxford

 College of Chemistry

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Heathcock Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Demystifying the Soai Reaction

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | April 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Scott Denmark, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

The autocatalytic, asymmetry-amplifying alkylation of pyrimidine-5-carbaldehydes with diisopropylzinc, crowned as the ‘Soai reaction’ occupies a venerable position in organic chemistry. Since its discovery, the reaction with its unique properties representing a fortuitous confluence of three phenomena in catalysis: autocatalysis, enantioselective catalysis and non-linear effects (asymmetric...   More >

Plutonium Contamination of the Environment: What’s the Problem?: with Dr. Mavrik Zavarin

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 4101 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Mavrik Zavarin, LLNL

 Nuclear Science and Security Consortium

Over the past 75 years, the global inventory of plutonium on earth has increased by a factor of approximately 10 6 . A fraction of this plutonium inventory has been released into the environment and can be identified in sediments, rock and glacial ice. As a result, plutonium environmental chemistry has gained sincere interest both in the public and scientific communities. Plutonium aquatic...   More >

Electron Correlation from Vacuum Fluctuations

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Filipp Furche, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

The traditional view of electron correlation is based on the cluster expansion of the correlation energy into contributions from pairs, triples,...of electrons. Fluctuation-based electronic structure methods, on the other hand, use vacuum fluctuations corresponding to virtual pairs of electrons and holes traveling forward and backward in time, and their multiples, to describe correlation in...   More >

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

“Design Principles of Living Membranes”

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ilya Levental, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Recent discoveries have elucidated the crucial role for liquid-liquid phase separation phenomena in cellular biology. I will briefly introduce recent discoveries in three-dimensional phase partitioning of the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm, followed by our recent observations on phase separation in mammalian plasma membranes. The plasma membrane is the physical and functional interface between a cell...   More >

Building a Successful Bio Startup: Keynote by Sam Altman

Panel Discussion | April 25 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Sam Altman, Y Combinator

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

On April 25th, we welcome Y Combinator President Sam Altman to campus in conversation with bio entrepreneurs from the University of California. Gain insights about building a successful bio venture and learn about the launch of YC Bio.

RSVP is required and space is limited. Overflow seating and waitlist will be available.


  Registration opens April 10. Register  by April 25.


Microbial and Mineral Mechanisms Controlling Soil Carbon Cycling and Storage/Understanding Factors Impacting Ionomer Thin-film Gas Transport

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Katerina Georgiou, Ph.D. student in the Thorn Group; Meron Tesfaye, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group and Weber Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Friday, April 27, 2018

Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Materials: Wafer-Scale Synthesis, Exciton Condensation, and Catalysis for Water Splitting: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Linyou Cao, North Carolina State Univ., MSE / ECE / Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials such as MoS2, WS2, MoSe2, and WSe2 present an attractive semiconductor option at the atomic level. These materials bear great promise to enable the development of novel devices in a variety of technical fields, including information technology, photonics, and clean energy.

In this talk, I will present our latest progress in...   More >

Muetterties Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: Chemistry of bismuth in medicine

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | April 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Hongzhe Sun, Department of Chemistry, University of Hong Kong

 College of Chemistry

Bismuth(III) compounds such as bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol®), colloidal bismuth subcitrate (De-Nol®) and ranitidine bismuth citrate (Tritec®, Pylorid®) have long been used in medicine for the treatment of a variety of diseases. Bismuth drugs in combination with antibiotics as a quadruple therapy show excellent successful rate in the eradication of H. pylori even for antibiotic resistance...   More >