Seminars & Events

Throughout the academic year, the department hosts several seminars whose presenters range from department graduate students to internationally renowned professors and scientists. The calendar below includes all of our department seminars and events. It is updated frequently with titles and abstracts — you can subscribe using Google Calendar by clicking the "+GoogleCalendar" button in the lower right. 


Friday Colloquium Series

Faculty members and graduate students invite professors from other institutions throughout the country and the world to speak at Brown on a Friday afternoon. Friday colloquiua topics span the various fields of chemistry represented by the department. Sometimes, a colloquium seminar is hosted jointly with another department or institute, such as IMNI, the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation. Friday afternoons, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, MacMillan Hall 115. Refreshments served at 3:45pm.

Organic Chemistry Seminars

Organic chemistry graduate students are required to give at least two seminars. The first is a literature seminar on a topic of recent interest, and the second is the candidate's thesis research. Invited guests frequently present their research at Organic Seminars as well. Tuesday afternoons, 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

Inorganic Chemistry Seminars

Inorganic chemistry graduate students are expected to present one seminar per year on their own research or on another topic of current interest in inorganic chemistry. Research associates, faculty and invited guests often present inorganic seminars as well. Thursday afternoons, 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

Physical Chemistry Tea Sessions

Physical chemistry graduate students are expected to present one seminar per year. Topics covered include the graduate students' topics of interest with regard to current research, as well as their own research. Thursday afternoons, 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

A recap of 2019-2020 Chemistry Department events!

Upcoming Events

  • Title: Synthetic Iron–Sulfur Clusters that Bind and Activate Inert Small Molecule

    Abstract: Iron–sulfur enzymes are ubiquitous metallocofactors found across all kingdoms of life. They play diverse roles in redox biochemistry, including kinetically challenging reduction reactions of N2 to NH3 and CO to hydrocarbons. Such reactivity is typically in the domain of low-valent transition metal chemistry, and it is therefore unclear how the mid-valent Fe centers in Fe–S clusters (between Fe(II) and Fe(III)) are capable of activating such strong bonds. To understand the fundamental chemistry that underlies these processes, my lab has been studying the synthesis, physical properties, magnetochemistry, and reactivity of Fe–S clusters bound to N2 and CO. We have found that synthetic Fe–S clusters are not only capable of forming well-defined coordination complexes with these small molecules, but they can activate the N–N and C–O triple bonds to a remarkable extent. My seminar will focus on the underlying electronic-structure basis for these observations.
    Friday Chemistry Colloquium • Professor Daniel Suess • MIT