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TCNJ Chemistry Department Lecture Series

Breaking strong bonds and recovering rare earths: Adventures in sustainable chemistry
Marion Emmert – Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, 11 am – 12 pm, SCC121
Catalysis is one of the most powerful tools of green chemistry, enabling reactions with lower energy consumption and providing new pathways for bond formations. In particular, catalytically functionalizing C-H bonds (common in crude oil derived molecules) and C-O bonds (common in biomass) under mild conditions are critical reactions to enable more sustainable chemical methodologies. Our approach towards addressing these challenges focuses on establishing a mechanistic understanding in order to translate this knowledge into broadly useful protocols for organic synthesis and biomass activation.
At the end of the materials lifecycle, inventing new technologies to provide sustainable sources of raw materials through recycling is another critical challenge for the movement towards a circular economy. Our efforts in this area take an approach similar to our developments in the area of catalysis: Based on understanding principles and mechanisms of materials flows, we use the principles of green chemistry to enable the design of novel, sustainable rare earth recovery technologies.

TCNJ Chemistry Department Lecture Series

Not Just Plastic: 3D Printing Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering…And Other Things I Learned in Grad School Joselle M. McCracken Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 11 am – 12 pm, SCC121 This talk will cover how 3D printing technologies have flourished in the past decade and how diversifying printable material types is crucial for the field to… Continue Reading

TCNJ Chemistry Department Lecture Series

The influence of Lewis acids on organometallic chemistry Professor Graham Dobereiner, Department of Chemistry, Temple University Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 11 am – 12 pm, SCC121 Bimetallic catalysis is an emerging research area. Novel bond activations are made possible through the collective action of two metal centers. In our group, the interactions of organometallic complexes with… Continue Reading

TCNJ Chemistry Department Lecture Series

Jessica Molek, Scientific Manager, Downstream Process Development, BioPharm R&D, GlaxoSmithKline Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 11am – 12pm SCC121 Industrial production of a monoclonal antibody: Perspectives from biopharmaceutical process development Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) are an important and growing class of therapeutic proteins. The production of these molecules is no longer limited to specialized start-ups but is… Continue Reading

Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium

The second Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium (PIC-2) will be held Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 am – 4:30pm. All local scientists are welcome, and there is no registration fee. Just like PIC-1, the meeting will be a venue for sharing research in inorganic chemistry, and opportunity for networking with area scientists. The meeting features four seminars as… Continue Reading

Goodbye to the Bridge

Last week marked the end of a chapter for the Science Complex and the beginning of a new phase for Chemistry.  As part of Phase I of the STEM Complex Construction, the structure– fondly referred to as “the bridge”– that connected Chemistry and Biology buildings was torn down to make room for a new STEM addition.… Continue Reading

TCNJ Faculty and Students Present at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS

Dr. Abby O’Connor was invited to give a presentation at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS, which was held from June 10-June 12 2015, at Ithaca College, in NY state. She participated in a session titled “Advances in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis.” The keynote speaker was Professor Alan Goldman of Rutgers. Dr. O’Connor brought… Continue Reading

Symposium in Honor of Professor Maurice Brookhart

On June 20, 2015, Dr. O’Connor hosted a retirement symposium to honor the work of her PhD advisor, Professor Maurice Brookhart. Dr. Brookhart is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina and is internationally known for his work in the area of organometallic… Continue Reading

2015 Chemistry Graduation Ceremony

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Department of Chemistry held their graduation ceremony in the Mayo Concert Hall to celebrate and recognize the achievements of their students. At noon, Dr. Stephanie Sen began the Chemistry Department ceremony with opening remarks, which was followed by faculty remarks from Dr. Abby O’Connor and a speech from TCNJ… Continue Reading

2015 Celebration of Student Achievement

This week, chemistry majors presented their undergraduate research at the TCNJ Celebration of Student Achievement. As part of this annual tradition, the Department had a luncheon for all chemistry students, faculty, and staff, where Dr. O’Connor presented the 2015 Excellence in Chemistry Awards. These awards are given to outstanding seniors that have demonstrated excellence in… Continue Reading