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, GeoChem 351.

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, GeoChem 351.

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, GeoChem 349/351. Light refreshments served at 2:45pm. 


Upcoming Events

  • Physical interactions between molecules are crucial for essentially every natural biological process in living systems, and they are also a necessary mechanism by which designed therapeutics function to treat disease. To successfully function, molecules must “recognize” their binding partners with adequate specificity and affinity. The binding energetics governing affinity and specificity are a function of the structures of the binding partners themselves, their dynamic properties, and also the properties of the surrounding environment. Our lab develops and applies computational models to understand and design biomolecular interactions, and to assess how these interactions depend on the physical and chemical properties of the system and its surrounding environment. In this talk, I will share some vignettes about how models help us investigate and predict the dependence of drug-target and biomolecular interactions on solvent properties, conformational dynamics, and the crowded cellular environment.

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