Department Chili Cook-Off, today

Supporting the Community Fund Drive, and collecting donations for the University’s Nutritious Food Pantry.

Department of Chemistry seminars

Speaker From Where Time/Date/Place Title/Abstract
Special Seminar: Professor Nancy E. Levinger Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, Kate & Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall)

Sweet Confinement: Carbohydrate Osmolytes in Reverse Micelles

Special Seminar: Professor Nancy E. Levinger Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 331 Smith Hall

So you have an interview . . . now what?

Department Seminar: Professor Dipankar Koley Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 331 Smith Hall

Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy and electrochemical sensors: new tools to study microbial metabolism

Department Seminar: Professor Stefan France School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 331 Smith Hall

Acceptor-Acceptor Diazo Compounds as Building Blocks for Intermolecular C-H Functionalization and Ring-Forming Reactions

Information about seminars and other events is available on our Chemistry Events webpages, including research interests, biographies, photos, abstracts, and completed schedules for visits.

Information Meeting: Chemistry in the Field, Nov. 1

Interested students are invited to an information session on a Chemistry in the Field: Water Analysis & Environmental Impact Global Seminar in Panama, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Room 1130 Mechanical Engineering Building. Information on the attached PDF. 

Air separation by catechol-ligated transition metals: a quantum chemical screening

Air Separation by Catechol-Ligated Transition Metals: A Quantum Chemical Screening: cover for Journal of Physical Chemistry C

The separation of O2 and N2 from air plays a large role in industry but is currently accomplished through energy-intensive cryogenic distillation. In pursuit of materials that could enable high-purity O2 production with lower energetic costs, work performed at the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center reports a theoretical screening of metalated catecholates for metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). The study was carried out by graduate student Samuel Stoneburner of the group of Professor Laura Gagliardi.

Department of Chemistry Store

Gold sweatshirt for Department of Chemistry store

The Department of Chemistry's Store with University of Minnesota/Department of Chemistry-branded sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, and other items is now online, with sizes from extra small to 4X. To preview and order items, go to https://z.umn.edu/ChemistryStore. This store, set up through Identity Stores with minimal cost to the Department of Chemistry, operates with on-demand sales directly to customers. No proceeds go to and no inventory is maintained by the Department of Chemistry.

Safety Note: Active Shooter

University of Minnesota Public Safety has a page with information on how to respond to an active shooter. If you notice any warning signs or threats, see the UMN page, Dealing with Threats. ALWAYS call 9-1-1 if you feel that violence or threat is imminent. If the threat involves a student, contact the Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT) by calling 612-626-3030. The BCT will assist in assessing concerns about potential harm from students to themselves or others and provide guidance as to the best manner to handle the situation. Additional resources: Student Mental Health. If the threat involves a faculty or staff member, contact the Employee Threat Assessment Team (ETAT) by calling Mike Overline at (612) 625-8710 or 612-625-4073 or Dave Fuecker at 612-626-7925. Additional resources: Employee Assistance Program. Reminder, if you forget where these links are you can always check the the department’s safety page. ALWAYS call 9-1-1 if you feel that violence or threat is imminent.

Volunteer Opportunity

Conor Burk, an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow serving at The Wilder Foundation’s Youth Leadership Initiative, is looking for chemistry tutors to work with Saint Paul high school youth involved in an after-school leadership initiative, which includes academic support. The commitment would be 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday. Interested: contact Conor (she, her, hers) at (652) 280-2383, or conor.burk@wilder.org.

Employment/Research Opportunities

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro: tenure-track assistant professor. Review of applications begins, Monday, Nov. 5.
  • Post-doctoral fellow – cancer signal transduction and chemistry interface. Please email dapotter@umn.edu. if interested.
  • University of North Texas: assistant professor in experimental physical chemistry. Review of applications begins, Friday, Nov. 16.
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology: tenure-track assistant or associate professor in experimental materials and condensed matter research. Deadline to apply is Thursday, Nov. 15.
  • College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University: tenure-track assistant professor of chemistry position. Evaluation of applications begins. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.
  • University of Groningen: post-doctoral researcher in molecular inorganic chemistry. Application deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Information about these and other employment/research opportunities is available in the white jobs book located in 139 Smith Hall.