Department of Chemistry

A. E. Martell Symposium

Arthur E. Martell was a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University and award-winning researcher in the field of inorganic chemistry which focused on metal chelate compounds, macrocyclic complexes and cryptates. In 1966, Martell joined Texas A&M University as the Head of the Department of Chemistry. He served as Head until 1980. Dr. Martell was instrumental in transforming Department of Chemistry into one of national prominence. He was honored with numerous awards including the Southwest Regional Award of the American Chemical Society, the ACS Award for Distinguished Service to Inorganic Chemistry, and the Patterson-Crane Award. He was elected an honorary lifetime fellow of the New York Academy of Science and to honorary membership in the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry.

We celebrate Dr. Martell and his legacy as we kick-off our 50 Years of Excellence celebratory year on October 14th with the Arthur Martell Scientific Symposium for Inorganic Chemistry.

Invited speakers

Curtis Berlinguette

University of British Columbia

John Berry

University of Wisconsin

Ching-Wen Chiu

National Taiwan University

Mohammad Omary

University of North Texas

Charles Riordan

University of Delaware

Eric Schelter

University of Pennsylvania

Christine Thomas

Brandeis University

Joe Zhou

Texas A&M University

Schedule October 14, 2016

9:00 amIntroductory comments, François Gabbaï - Texas A&M University
9:10 amChristine Thomas, Brandeis University, "New Frontiers in Metal-Metal Bonding and Reactivity of Heterobimetallic Complexes."
9:45 amEric Schelter, University of Pennsylvania, "New Coordination- and Organometallic Chemistry of the Rare Earth Elements: Opportunities in Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds and Photo-redox."
10:20 amCoffee Break and Poster Session
10:50 amMohammad Omary, University of North Texas, "Are MOFs et al. really the next best thing since sliced bread? A case study for electronic device apps."
11:25 amJoe Zhou, Texas A&M University, "Tuning the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) through thermodynamic and kinetic analysis"
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmPoster Session
1:55 pmWelcome back, François Gabbaï - Texas A&M University
2:00 pmChing-Wen Chiu, National Taiwan University, "Boron Cations and Radicals."
2:35 pmCharles Riordan, University of Delaware, "Nickel-Oxygen Chemistry: C–H Activation."
3:10 pmCoffee Break and Poster Session
3:45 pmCurtis Berlinguette, The University of British Columbia, "Solar Chemistry at the Interface."
4:20 pmJohn Berry, University of Wisconsin, "Nitrene Transfer Catalysis: Correlating Electronic Structure with Reactivity."
7:00 pmSymposium banquet at Christopher's World Grille


Friday night after the Symposium, please join us for the A.E. Martell Banquet at Christopher's World Grille.

For alumni only: Our celebration continues on Saturday with tours of campus and the annual Chemistry Open House, and concludes with a luncheon at the University Club. If you are interested by these activities, please email:

We look forward to hosting you for the Martell Symposium, or any of the 50 year celebration events.