Seminars & Events

<< Week of September 17 >>

Monday, September 18, 2017

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Functionalizable Polypeptides and Polymeric siRNA Smart Delivery

Lecture: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium: Special Seminar | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The controlled polymerization of N-carboxyanhydride monomers provides a means of generating synthetic polypeptides; however, until recently, only native amino acids were incorporated along the backbone. Our lab introduced an alkyne functionalized monomer, propargyl-L-glutamate, that enables the use of click chemistry post-polymerization, thus allowing the generation of a broad range of different...   More >

Bacterial Motility: Swim or Glide

Colloquium | September 18 | 4:15 p.m. | LeConte Hall, 1 LeConte

 Howard C. Berg, Harvard University

 Department of Physics, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Much is known about the swimming behavior of Escherichia coli. I will mention early work on tracking that revealed E. coli’s biased random walk, followed by the realization that bacterial flagella rotate rather than wave or beat. Then I will describe the signaling network that couples the receptors to the flagella, including adaptation that occurs both at the input and at the output of this...   More >

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Making Sense of Pain: A Human Genetics Driven Multi-disciplinary, Multi-modality Approach to Drug Discovery

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | September 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Margaret Chu-Moyer, Executive Director, Research, Amgen

 College of Chemistry

Recent advances in human genetics have allowed deeper insight into disease biology. Coupling of this to the development of molecules to further understand relevant pharmacology and to identify potential therapeutics has never been more important or more challenging. This lecture will demonstrate the scientific interplay that is necessary to discover human medicines using a recent multi-modality...   More >

Pitzer Seminar in Physical Chemistry: Scaling Down the Laws of Thermodynamics

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | September 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Christopher Jarzynski, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Maryland

 College of Chemistry

Thermodynamics provides a robust conceptual framework and set of laws that govern the exchange of energy and matter. Although these laws were originally articulated for macroscopic objects, it is hard to deny that nanoscale systems, as well, often exhibit “thermodynamic-like” behavior – biomolecular motors convert chemical fuel into mechanical work (like car engines), and individual polymer...   More >

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Nanolayered Drug Release Systems for Regenerative Medicine and Targeted Nanotherapies

Lecture: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium: Special Seminar | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Alternating electrostatic assembly is a tool that makes it possible to create ultrathin film coatings that contain highly controlled quantities of one or more therapeutic molecules within a singular construct. These release systems greatly exceed the usual ranges of traditional degradable polymers, ranging from 10 to as high as 40 wt% drug loading within the film. The nature of the layering...   More >

Theory Seminar

Seminar | September 20 | 5-6 p.m. | 9 Lewis Hall

 Daniel Freeman, University of California, Berkeley

 Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

Friday, September 22, 2017

Aerogels for Energy and Environmental Applications: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Dr. Marcus A. Worsley, Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Lab, Advanced Materials Synthesis Group

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Aerogels are porous solids used in a wide range of energy and environmental applications including sorbents, filtration, insulation, hydrogen storage, catalysis, batteries, and supercapacitors due to their high internal surface, composition, and small pore/particle size.  Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, such as boron nitride and graphene, also exhibit a range of distinct optical, electronic,...   More >

Inexpensive Catalysts for H2 Production and Organic Upgrading: From Water Splitting to Biomass Valorization

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | September 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Yujie Sun, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Utah State University

 College of Chemistry

One of the challenges to realize large-scale H2 production from water electrolysis is the lack of competent and inexpensive electrocatalysts. Our group recently discovered that surface modification of metallic nickel foam with nitrogen resulted in a superior electrocatalyst for H2 evolution under neutral condition, rivaling the performance of the state-of-the-art platinum-based catalysts. In...   More >