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Chemistry Seminars, News, and Events

Research Seminars

Seminars are held on Thursdays for dates listed below at 5 pm in the Olin LIfe Sciences Building, Room 130 unless otherwise listed. Faculty, students, and the general public are welcome and all chemistry students are strongly encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there.

Seminar dates will be updated throughout the semester.

DateSpeaker and Topic
August 22

Dr. Julia Grimwade, Florida Tech

Welcome back presentation for faculty and students

September 12

Tyan Laak, Florida Tech

Original Proposal: Removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater by hydrogel composites

September 26

Dr. Joel Olson, Florida Tech

Chemistry laboratory safety

October 10

Dr. Manoj K. Manna, Illinois Institute of Technology

Unravelling Triplet Energy Flow in Organic Donor-Acceptor Dyad & Application for Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Photon Upconversion

October 17

Dr. Ralph N. Salvatore, Southeastern University

Therapeutics through synthesis: Approaches toward HIV/AIDS antivirals, Parkinson’s disease metabolites and anticancer agents 

November 7 

Megan Sterling, Florida Tech

Original Proposal: A new diagnostic approach to chronic regional pain syndrome

November 15

3 pm, OLS 201

Dr. Sameh Elsaidi, DOE-National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Task-Specific Porous Materials and Membranes: From Academic Laboratory to the Commercial Marketplace

December 5

Pierpaolo Morgante, Florida Tech

Original Research Proposal: Understanding Mayr’s electrophilicity and nucleophilicity scales with a computational approach

2019 Chemistry Conclave

Florida Institute of Technology's ACS Student Chapter recently hosted the Florida American Chemical Society 2019 Symposium for Synthetic Chemistry. This symposium is part of the Annual Florida Chemistry Conclave series. The Symposium featured keynote speaker Dr. Aaron Aponick from the University of Florida (pictured left). His seminar, StackPhos: From structural curiosity to enantioselective catalysis, followed the synthetic chemistry theme of the symposium. Students gave oral presentations of their research as well.

The event included hands-on demonstrations of outreach events performed by ACS student chapters at Florida Tech and other schools (pictured right) followed by a lab safety, seminar by Florida Tech's Dr. Joel Olson. If your ACS student chapter is interested in presenting an outreach demonstration, please email Ryan Bryant ( to reserve a lab bench or a fume hood. Students will also have the opportunity to present their current research. If you would like to present your research, please email our Chapter President, Audrey Preston ( Visit the Chemistry Conclave website and their pages on Instagram and Facebook for more information about the event.



Chemistry Alumni and Friends

Read about the latest activities and accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni/ae in the  2017 Panther Chemist Newsletter.

Previous editions:

2015 Panther Chemist Newsletter

2013 Panther Chemist Newsletter

2009 Panther Chemist Newsletter

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Graduate Student Cummulative Exams

Cummulative exams for Chemistry graduate studentsare conducted on the following dates during the academic year. Email Dr. Norito Takenaka to select the exam's discipline (physical,  organic, biochemistry, analytical, or inorganic).

Fall 2019Spring 2020
Sept 10

Jan 21

Oct 1

Feb 18

Nov 5

Mar 24

Dec 3

Apr 14


New Graduate Student Research Presentations

New graduate students are required to attend research presentations each Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 pm in room OPS 202 (2nd floor conference room), according to the schedule below..

DateFaculty Presenters
Sept 10 Chouinard & Nesnas 
Sept 17

Pathirathna & Usselman

Sept 24


October 1

Peverati & Wehmschulte

October 8

none scheduled

October 15 Fall Break
October 22 Schoedel
October 29 Takenaka & Akhremitchev
November 5 Brown & Knight