Seminar Speakers 2005 - Chemistry Department

Department Seminar Speakers




  • Dr. Moni Chauhan (QCC, CUNY)
  • December 2, 2005
  • Title: "Synthesis and Stabilization of Nanometer Sized Metal Particles and Their Catalytic Applications"
  • Abstract:Transition metal nanoparticles combine industrially useful catalytic properties with excellent reactivity, selectivity and solubility. New synthetic routes and strategies for patterning and stabilization of these unique, high surface area materials will be discussed. Evidence of fine control over their catalytic activity will be presented for the chemoselective reduction of alkenes.

  • Dr. Bill L’Amoreaux (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
  • November 11, 2005
  • Title: "Non-Enzymatic Modification of Extracellular Matrix Proteins: Collagen AGEs"
  • Abstract: During the normal aging process in humans, proteins can be cross-linked via non-enzymatic glycation. This process is greatly accelerated by hyperglycemia, a condition present during diabetes mellitus. The process and how we are characterizing the events by advanced imaging technologies will be discussed.

  • Dr. Ruth Stark (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
  • October 21, 2005
  • Title: "NMR Research Adventures in Molecular Biophysics"
  • Abstract: Many challenges exist in fully understanding chemical bonding patterns, intermolecular organization, molecular flexibility, and biosynthetic pathways in biopolymer assemblies. This seminar will discuss how single and multi-dimensional NMR techniques are uniquely capable of probing molecular structure, dynamics, and development of macromolecular complexes in a variety of natural polymer systems.

  • Noel Blackburn (Office of educational programs – Brookhaven National Lab), Sefton Bennett (Activity Coordinator for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP) program – Queensborough Community College), Dr. Pat Schneider (Department of Biology – Queensborough Community College), Dr. Moni Chauhan (Department of Chemistry – Queensborough Community College)
  • September 23, 2005
  • Title: "Panel on Research Opportunities / Internships for Students and Faculty"
  • Abstract: Panelists representing a wide variety of programs will discuss research opportunities that are available to students and faculty.

  • Dr. David Locke (Queens College, CUNY)
  • April 22, 2005
  • Title: "New York City Drinking Water: The Best Stuff in the World"
  • Abstract: The NYC water supply system is a fantastic engineering accomplishment. In response to fears raised about various threats to water quality, this talk will attempt to differentiate non-problems, such as lead, from potential real problems, such as watershed protection, and will describe what the NYC Department of Environmental Protection is doing to ensure a continued supply.

  • Marc Breimer (Pest/PCB Analyst, Severn Trent Laboratories - Newburgh)
  • April 8, 2005
  • Title: "Detecting Organic Contaminants in our Soil and Water: Environmental Chemists Save the Day"
  • Abstract: Careers for chemists in environmental sciences provide the opportunity to measure and un-do the unexpected damage caused by human activities. This talk will introduce instrumentation and methods commonly employed in these fields, and discuss how chlorinated organic compounds such as PCB’s and pesticides in soil and water can effect the environment and human health.

  • Dr. Robert Engel (Queens College, CUNY)
  • March 11, 2005
  • Title: "Balloons and Stars and Combs and Strings, and Other Strange Ionic Things, Like Tents and NAILs and LIPs and Rings (An adventure in Chemical Architecture)"
  • Abstract: A variety of structurally intriguing organic salts have been synthesized for which numerous applications have been investigated. Most significant among these are: new media for chemical reactions; modified chromatographic applications; ion exchange processes; selective binding of anions in solution; development of antimicrobial surfaces.

  • Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine (QCC, CUNY)
  • February 18, 2005
  • Title: "An Introduction to Ionic Liquids"
  • Abstract: Ionic liquids are intriguing compounds which are expected to be room temperature solids, yet are liquids. They show promise for applications including electrolytes in batteries, environmentally safer solvents, and media for storage and clean up of radioactive waste. This talk will focus on the synthesis and characterization of unique ionic liquids developed by this research group.

Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.