37th Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium

Brandeis University will host the 37th Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium (BRIC) on Saturday, February 21, 2015BRIC meetings bring together inorganic chemists from across the northeast.  The schedule is:

9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:50 a.m. Opening Remarks
10 a.m. Dr. Seth Marquard, Brandeis University, Thomas Group

Investigating the Reactions of Polar Pi-Bonds with a Zr/Co Heterobimetallic Complex

11 a.m. Professor Alfredo Angeles-Boza, University of Connecticut

Role of the ATCUN motif in Antimicrobial Peptides

12 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Professor James Mayer, Yale University

Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer: from Hydrogen Atom Transfer to Oxygen Electrocatalysis to Oxide Nanoparticles

2 p.m. Professor David Manke, UMass-Dartmouth

Lewis Base Derivatized Metal-Organic Frameworks

3:15 p.m. Happy hour poster session

Lunch will be provided and we will be having a late afternoon poster session with refreshments, thanks to our generous sponsors.   RSVP to thomasc@brandeis.edu, and indicate whether you plan to present a poster.

From Commuter Rail: Take the South Acton/Fitchburg line to the Brandeis/Roberts stop ($6 if you get on at Porter or North Station and buy your ticket at the station). From Brandeis/Roberts stop you will walk up the hill on South St to the main entrance of Brandeis – this is a large circular driveway. At the guard house you will take a right and follow signs to upper campus. Keep walking up the hill and take your first left, you will see Shapiro Science Center (big, newer building with lots of windows). Take the right after the building, the entrance to the science complex will be ahead. Once in the building continue straight down the hall way, past a lecture hall and the class room (Gerstenzang 124) will be the next one on the right.
From Parking: Please park in the Athletic parking lot, this will be on the opposite side of the road as the Brandeis main entrance. The entrance to the lot is noticeable because of the foot bridge connecting it to the main campus. Once parked take the foot bridge across to campus and continue up the stairs up to Loop Rd. Take a left down the hill and then your first right past Schapiro Science Center (big, newer building with lots of windows). Take a right after the building, the entrance to the science complex will be ahead. Once in the building continue straight down the hall way, past a lecture hall and the class room will be the next one on the right.

Why we love basic research

Brandeis PhD students Jonathan Napoline (Graduate Program in Chemistry, Thomas lab) and Sara Haddad (Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Marder lab) tell PBS NewsHour why they’re excited about basic research



Noam Saper ’15 named Goldwater Scholar

Noam Saper ’15, a Brandeis Chemistry major, has been named a Goldwater Scholar by The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. An exceptional student, Noam has been doing research with Christine Thomas and also with Barry Snider, seeking out experience in both organic and inorganic synthetic chemistry, with publication in press already from each lab.  Noam was a 2013 recipient of a Division of Science Summer Research Fellowship and a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry Lab. He is also a Lerman-Neubauer Fellow, an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Chemistry, and an active member in the Brandeis Orthodox Organization, In short, Noam is a hard-working and engaged member of the Brandeis community, and very deserving of this distinctive honor.


Noam presenting at a recent ACS national meeting

The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 117 Marshall Awards, 112 Churchill Scholarships, and numerous other distinguished fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.

What’s new in synthetic inorganic chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemistry Christine Thomas is featured in an American Chemical Society “virtual issue” on young investigators leading the field of synthetic inorganic chemistry in new and exciting directions.

One of the Thomas’s lab new inorganic creations (see Kuppuswamy et al., Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52 (9), pp 4802–4811)

Thomas to receive 14th Annual Strage Award

On March 26, 2012, Professor Gregory A. Petsko wrote on behalf of the Strage Award Selection Committee:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the recipient of this year’s Strage Award for Aspiring Young Science Faculty, Dr. Christine Thomas of the Chemistry Department.

Christine is one of the most promising young chemists in the country. In 2010, Prof. Thomas was selected for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program and in 2011, she was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Christine is also the recipient of a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER award and was selected as a 2012 Organometallics Fellow. Christine’s dedication to teaching was recognized with the 2012 Michael L. Walzer ‘56 Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brandeis.

Her research focuses on utilizing creative new strategies for the design of catalysts that have the potential to promote the multi-electron, multi-proton conversion of abundant small molecules (CO2, CH4, H2, N2, etc) into  useful fuels. The long-term goal of her program is nothing less than the development of solutions to the nation’s energy generation and storage problems. The catalysts she is currently designing all involve the cooperation  between different components of bifunctional catalysts. Specifically, her group is examining the cooperation  between (1) two metal centers in bimetallic frameworks, (2) metal centers and a non-innocent ligands, and (3) metal centers and their secondary coordination spheres, and the unique effects that such cooperation can have on the reactivity of these species.

Please join me in congratulating Christine on winning this award, and bring your students and postdocs t0 her Strage Award Lecture. The award ceremony and lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 3, in Gerstenzang 123 at 1:00 pm.

Casey Wade to join Chemistry faculty

The Chemistry department is happy to announce that Dr. Casey Wade has accepted an offer for an Assistant Professor position in the Chemistry Department.

caseywadeCasey’s research interests are centered in synthetic inorganic chemistry, with a particular focus on inorganic/organic hybrid materials.  Casey’s appointment complements the department’s current strengths in the area of inorganic chemistry, and brings a new area of expertise to Brandeis in the area of materials synthesis, characterization and applications.  Casey graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2011, where his doctoral work focused on the synergy between main group and transition metal elements in well-defined complexes designed for applications in anion binding.  He has been pursuing postdoctoral studies at MIT in the area of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Casey’s research aims at Brandeis will focus on new materials for metal separations and catalyst design, including the incorporation of discreet catalytic centers into porous materials.

Casey will be starting his position at Brandeis in July, and is actively recruiting new graduate student and undergraduate researchers into his lab for the fall semester.

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