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TCNJ Chemistry Department Lecture Series

Seminar speaker – Dr. Ian Harrison, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia

Title of the Talk: Reaction Dynamics at Catalytic Metal Surfaces

Time and Location: Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, C121

The reactivity of light alkanes impinging on a Pt(111) single crystal metal surface is examined using effusive molecular beams and surface science techniques. Microcanonical rate theory is shown to be useful in modeling the gas-surface reactivity and energy transfer for both non-equilibrium and thermal equilibrium experiments. Dynamical biases are found to reduce the reactivity of the smallest alkanes, methane and ethane, whereas deviation from statistical reactive behavior was not discerned for larger alkanes. For methane and ethane, only the component of translational energy directed along the direction of the surface normal promotes reactivity, rotational energy is a spectator degree of freedom, and molecular vibrational energy is only 40% as efficacious in promoting reactivity as is normal translational energy. The activation energy for dissociative chemisorption of C1-C9 alkanes is found to diminish with increasing Van der Waals attraction between the alkane and surface. These findings are interesting in the context of optimizing chemical transformations involving natural gas which currently consume ~2% of world power. The talk will conclude with a description of the graduate program in Chemistry at UVa.

TCNJ Chemistry Department Lecture Series

Seminar speaker – Dr. Catherine Grimes, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware Title of the Talk: Chemical Tools for Studying the Activation of the Intracellular Innate Immune Protein Nod2 Time and Location: Wednesday, April 6, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Room C121 Abstract: Chronic inflammatory disorders, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, arise from an inappropriate… Continue Reading

TCNJ Chemistry Faculty Research Seminar Schedule for Spring 2016

The TCNJ Chemistry faculty are giving a series of research seminars this semester from early February through the end of February. All students are welcome to attend these seminars to learn about research in the Department of Chemistry, and those students that are looking to engage in research in the near future are especially encouraged… Continue Reading

Fall 2015 Annual Chemistry Department Thanksgiving Potluck

TCNJ Chemistry students and faculty gathered together on the evening of 11/19 for the annual Chemistry Department Thanksgiving Potluck. The event was organized by the TCNJ Student Chemists Association, and was attended by students from freshmen to seniors. The food included green bean casserole, hot wings, pulled pork, mac and cheese, butternut squash, among many… Continue Reading

National Chemistry Week

Recently, the TCNJ Student Chemists Association (SCA) participated in a number of events for the 2015 National Chemistry Week. On Saturday, October 17th, 9 members of SCA performed a demo on spectroscopy for museum patrons in the Chem Expo at Liberty Science Center. Attendees were able to view the spectra of various light sources, including… Continue Reading

Three TCNJ Chemistry Students Accepted to the GOLEAD Program

Congratulations to TCNJ undergraduate chemistry majors Aleena Andrews, Troy Brier, and William Sabbers, for being accepted to the Graduate Opportunities: Learn, Engage, and Discover (GOLEAD) Program at University of Delaware, which is funded by the National Science Foundation IGERT program. 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

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

President Gitenstein Congratulates TCNJ Scholar-Athletes

The College of New Jersey President R. Barbara Gitenstein invited seniors Liz Johnson (Chemistry) and Jake Weiss to her office to congratulate each student-athlete for their academic excellence during their tenure at TCNJ. Weiss and Johnson were joined by Dr. Sharon Beverly, assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of athletics and recreation.… Continue Reading

TCNJ Chemistry Major wins New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award

Congratulations to Allison McQuillen, a chemistry secondary education major and May 2014 graduate, who recently won a 2014 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Since 1985, the Presidents of New Jersey’s teacher training institutions have been invited to submit the dossiers of their three most outstanding prospective teachers into competition for this award. This annual award… Continue Reading