Department Seminar Series Fall 2018

Science & Engineering Hall, B1220
All Seminars, except as noted, begin at 2:00 PM on Friday.
Light refreshments are served beginning at 1:45 PM




Katherine Hinnant [email]

"Understanding Mechanisms of Flame Extinction to Develop Novel Surfactants for Replacement in Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF)"

Graduate Student, Miller Lab

Department of Chemistry

George Washington University


Kei Koizumi [email]

"Science and Policy at GW, in Washington, DC, and in your science career"

Visiting Scholar in Science Policy, AAAS

ESIA International Science and Technology Policy Program



Anne-Laure Papa [email]

Therapeutic Platelets to Target the Metastatic Cascade

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

GW School of Engineering & Applied Science


Greg Rieker   [email]

Have 100,000 Lasers, Will Travel--Frequency Comb Spectroscopy in Atmospheric and Combustion Systems

Assistant Professor

Vogel Family Faculty Fellow

School of Mechanical Engineering

University of Colorado Boulder



The Friday before Fall Break


Hailey Butman   [email]

Synthesis of Pan-CMP Mimics to Inhibit CoaBC 

Graduate Student, Dowd Lab

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Christine Branter [email] Senior Research Scientist & Dr. Dilan Ratnayake [email] Process Engineer

GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center

George Washington University

Seminar in Duques 151


Carly Filgueira  [email]

Harnessing Nanoparticles and Nanofluidics as Sustained, Local Delivery Approaches

Assistant Research Professor of Nanomedicine

Institute for Academic Medicine

Houston Methodist


Neil Tomson [email]

Reviving the Cluster-Surface Analogy

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

University of Pennsylvania




Gerard Wysocki  [email]


Broadband, high resolution molecular spectroscopy in the mid-infrared and THz using chip-scale semiconductor frequency combs

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Princeton University


George Patterson [email]

Novel (and novice) imaging of Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) using photoswitchable fluorescent proteins

Investigator Section on Biophotonics

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging

National Institutes of Health


Maegan Dailey [email]

Polymorphism of Lanthanoid (III) Diphthaocayanines as Qubit Candidates

Besson Lab

Rinipal Kaur [email]

Softening of Rapidly Heated Nanoscale Glassy Films of Methylbenzene 

Sadtchenko Lab


Graduate Students 

Department of Chemistry

George Washington University


No Seminar-Thanksgiving Weekend


Aaron Smith [email]

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of Maryland Baltimore Campus




Robert Schurko [email]


University of Windsor



Updated 11/19/2018

Tiny Materials Provide a Boost to Batteries

They’re 20,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair, but nanomaterials play a big role in the research of Chemistry Professor Michael Wagner, whose work focuses on creating microscopic tubes, rods, particles, and spheres used in everything from batteries to thermoelectric refrigerators. Wagner’s work has resulted in a breakthrough in rapidly charging batteries. A typical lithium ion battery with graphite electrodes can take two hours to charge, but Wagner’s batteries can be recharged much more quickly. Because his batteries contain hollow carbon nanosphere electrodes, a 20 percent charge takes just seven seconds.