Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Monday, September 10, 2018
Facultad de Ciencias Químicas
Salon de Usos Multiples
Edif. 1-FCQ9, Av. San Claudio y 18 Sur, Ciudad Universitaria
ACS on Campus is coming to the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla on September 10! Join us for an exciting morning of scientific lectures and networking opportunities. There will also be an hour long Q&A with our speakers and select Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla faculty!
This event is free and open to all researchers studying the sciences- not just chemistry! Registration is highly recommended. You do not have to be a researcher at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla to attend.
“Chromophore-Catalyst Assemblies for Solar Fuels: Deja que las moléculas hagan el trabajo!” by Prof. Kirk Schanze
The dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cell (DSPEC) represents a novel approach to combining molecular chromophores and catalysts with semiconductors to effect light driven production of solar fuels. A multidisciplinary approach has been used to develop and study molecular and polymer assemblies for light driven water oxidation at a DSPEC photoanode and proton reduction at a photocathode. The work aims to understand mechanisms and dynamics for the photoprocesses occurring at the molecular/semiconductor interfaces. The talk will present an overview of work done during the past several years, involving the design, construction and study of molecular and polymer-based assemblies of light absorbing chromophores and catalysts, primarily aimed at water oxidation at the DSPEC anode.
“Click Reactions and Protein Nanoparticles: Building Multifunctional Structures with Chemistry and Molecular Biology” by Prof. M.G. Finn
Many processes in cells and higher organisms require the presentation of molecular fragments over large areas or in complex combinations. Virus-like particles are robust and easily accessible nanoscale scaffolds that are well suited for such tasks of molecular presentation. Methods for the chemical and genetic modification of protein nanoparticles will be described, along with selective click reactions used for the attachment and detachment of cargo molecules and the construction of companion materials. The resulting functionalized structures have been applied to targets of selective cell binding and internalization, immunology, drug delivery, and catalysis.
Q&A with the ACS Editors
M.G. Finn, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, ACS Combinatorial Science
Professor and Chair; James A. Carlos Family Chair for Pediatric Technology, Georgia Tech
M.G. Finn received his Ph.D. degree in 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Professor K. Barry Sharpless on the mechanism of the titanium-tartrate catalyzed asymmetric epoxidation reaction, followed by an NIH postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. J.P. Collman at Stanford University on metalloporphyrin chemistry. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1988, where his group studied the reactivity of Fisher carbene complexes, metal-substituted phosphorus ylides, and a variety of transition metal-catalyzed processes. Professor Finn moved to the Department of Chemistry and the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in 1999, where he teaches physical organic chemistry and molecular evolution and directs the Scripps Predoctoral Training Program in Molecular Evolution. In 2013, Professor Finn moved to the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Kirk Schanze, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio
Kirk Schanze earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Florida State University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983. He was appointed a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984-1986 and began his independent faculty career at the University of Florida in 1986. Schanze was University Distinguished Professor and Prominski Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florida until 2016. He is currently the Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a Senior Editor of the ACS journal Langmuir from 2000 – 2008. Since 2008, Schanze is Editor-in-Chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the ACS journal focused on chemistry and engineering of applications-focused research in materials and interfaces. Schanze’s research is focused on the field of light-matter interactions in molecular, polymer and materials systems. His group has developed and studied materials with applications in luminescence, chemo- and bio-sensing, light emitting diodes, solar cells and solar fuels.