Department of Chemistry

Frontiers in Chemical Research

The Frontiers in Chemical Research Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University is a Distinguished Lecture Series course devoted to In-depth presentations of current developments in important areas of contemporary chemistry.

In this program, the chemistry faculty selects and invites prominent chemists from all over the world to present three formal lectures that describe their most recent significant research results. In addition to the seminars, each Frontiers speaker will meet with graduate students in formal discussion sessions. The speaker would also be available for private conferences with departmental instructional and research staff. This year, the 38th of the Frontiers in Chemical Research program, five distinguished lecturers have been scheduled.

The Frontiers lectures are open to the public; the Chemistry Department welcomes all those interested.

2023-2024 Lectures

Spring 2023
  Cathy Drennan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  Dr. Christoph Düllmann
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
  Amir Hoveyda
Boston College/University of Strasbourg
  Omar Yaghi
University of California, Berkeley
Fall 2023
  Justin DuBois
Stanford University (Host: Dr. Andy Thomas)
September 18-20, 2023
  Tom Muir
Princeton University (Host: Dr. Wenshe Liu)
October 16-18, 2023
  Catherine J. Murphy
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Host: Dr. Marcetta Darensbourg)
October 25-27, 2023
Spring 2024
  Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
Yale University (Host: Dr. Daniel Tabor)
February 26-28, 2024

Past Lecturers

Fall 2022
  Dr. Joshua Coon
University of Wisconsin-Madison
  Dr. James Mayer
Yale University
Spring 2022
  Dr. Evan Williams
University of California, Berkeley
Fall 2019
October 21-23 Dr. Geoffrey W. Coates
Cornell University
Spring 2020
March 16-18 Dr. James Mayer
Yale University
April 13-15 Dr. Cynthia Friend
Harvard University
April 27-29 Dr. Alanna Schepartz
University of California, Berkeley
Fall 2018
September 17-19 Jonas Peters
California Institute of Technology
Fe-Mediated Nitrogen Fixation, and Other Opportunities for Reductive Redox Catalysis
Spring 2019
February 18-20 Véronique Gouverneur
University of Oxford
Late Stage Fluorination for Applications in Medicine and Imaging
March 4-6 Vicki Grassian
University of California, San Diego
Physical Chemistry of Environmental Interfaces
Fall 2017
Oct 9-11 Clifford Kubiak
University of California, San Diego
Inorganic Charge Transfer and the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
Nov 27-29 Mark Johnson
Yale University
Mass Spec Meets FTIR: The Genesis and Promise of Cryogenic Ion Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Spring 2018
Jan 29-31 Squire Booker
Pennsylvania State University
Diverse Roles for S-adenosylmethionine in the Anaerobic Functionalization of Unactivated C-H Bonds
Feb 5-7 Cherie Kagan
University of Pennsylvania
Colloidal Nanocrystal Building Blocks of Optical Electronic Materials and Devices
Feb 19-21 David Tirrell
California Institute of Technology
Some New Uses for the Genetic Code
Nov 7-9 Peidong Yang
University of California, Berkeley
Semiconductor Nanowires
Nov 28-30 Laura Kiessling
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Exploiting the Cell's Carbohydrate Coat in Health and Disease
Jan 30 - Feb 1 Martin Gruebele
Univeristy of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Illuminating Complex Chemical Systems: From Single Molecules to Organisms
Apr 10-12 Todd Martinez
Stanford University
Molecular Motion and Reactivity from First Principles
Apr 17-19 Shannon Stahl
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Aerobic Oxidation Catalysis: From Chemical Synthesis to Fuel Cells
Oct 5-7 Thomas O'Halloran
Northwestern University
Inorganic Chemistry in Control of Cellular Decision-Making Events
Oct 12-14 Jonathan Sweedler
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Analytical Neurochemistry: Measuring the Chemistry Occurring in the Brain
Feb 22-24 Holger Braunschweig
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
New Boron-Containing Molecules for Materials, Catalysis and Synthesis
Mar 21-23 Sir Fraser Stoddart
Northwestern University
Emergent and Integrated Systems in Chemistry
Apr 18-19 Jun Ye
University of Colorado - Boulder
Cold Molecules and Novel Spectroscopy
Sep 1-3 Ray Schaak
Pennsylvania State University
Adventures in Synthetic Inorganic Nanochemistry
Oct 6-8 Makoto Fujita
University of Tokyo
Coordination Self-Assembly: from Principle to Applications
Apr 6-8 Wilfred van der Donk
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Enzyme Reaction Mechanisms Involved in Natural Product Biosynthesis
Apr 13-15 Paul Mulvaney
University of Melbourne
Nanocrystals - Synthesis, Forces and Spectroscopy
Oct 14-16 Naomi Halas
Rice University
Plasmonics: Nanoparticles Putting Light To Work
Nov 11-13 Martin Head-Gordon
University of California - Berkeley
Advances in Computational Quantum Chemistry: From Theory to Applications and Back Again
Feb 24-26 Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
Carnegie Melon University
Macromolecular Engineering by Controlled Radical Polymerization
Mar 24-26 Thomas Rauchfuss
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Advances in Bio-organometallic Chemistry
Apr 7-9 Chris Chang
University of California - Berkeley
Inorganic Chemistry in Neuroscience and Sustainable Energy