Chemistry Seminar this Friday!


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Our bi-weekly seminar is happening this Friday at 1 pm in McGowan South 103. Prof. Devery from Loyola will be coming to present his research. All are welcome, no matter their major or year! This will be particularly interesting to organometallic, organic, catalysis and other synthetic/mechanistic-inclined researchers. If you are interested in talking with Prof. Devery about research or graduate school at Loyola, contact Dr. Rubert Perez, who is organizing the visit.

The seminar series has been very interesting and insightful. Previous speakers have included Prof. Cho from Loyola, Amanda East for her thesis defense, and a seminar on  Cryo-EM by Prof. Rubert-Perez.

We hope to see you there and at future seminars! The abstract for the talk is included below. JamesDevery_Abstract_Web-1


A Poster Session… on Twitter?!?

Hello All,

Yes, you read that right. A poster session was held on twitter today by the Royal Society of Chemistry. You should check out the posters that were presented by searching for the #RSCPoster hashtag. Lots of cool science was presented from all around the world.

One of the cool things about this is people don’t have to travel, which saves on time and cost that they might not have. Also, it reduces the environmental impact associated with all of the travel by car and plane!

Here’s some more information on the poster session.

Maybe next year we can have some DePaul folks participate!


Seminar Postponed due to weather

In light of the predicted overnight snow (5-8″ according to most info we’ve seen), we have decided the postpone the seminar for tomorrow in case interested students, faculty and our guest have difficulty getting to campus. For example, students and faculty might need to stay home with their children if their schools close (and some local schools are closing).

Stay tuned for a new date!

As far as we know, DePaul will be open and running as usual tomorrow. It’s Chicago winter weather! Check your email and D2L sites for any class-specific information. That said, be safe tomorrow if you have to drive.

-Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018!

Hello Students, Alumni, and Friends!

We’ve been quiet for a while, but that’s because we were very busy then took a much-needed break.

Welcome to 2018! We hope you had wonderful Holidays with friends and family!

Something new and exciting is a Seminar series that has been organized by Dr. Charles Rubert Perez. 

The seminars will be every other Friday, starting with January 12, 2018. For the first seimar, Dr. Rubert Perez will be giving a presentation on Cryo-EM, a very powerful technique that won the Nobel Prize.

The seminar on January 26 will be a student thesis defense, and the following seminars will be talks from professors at Loyola. A schedule will be posted soon, along with the time and room for the seminars. All students and faculty are welcome, and the seminars will be especially valuable for students doing research and/or looking to go into graduate school!

Classes start tomorrow, and we will see you then!

-Dept. of Chemistry

MS-level courses available in Winter 2018

GradCourse (2)As you know, we have a MS program here at DePaul. We wanted to highlight our MS classes for the fall and pass on a few pieces of info. These classes tend to be smaller than other classes, generally 8-16 students.

We ask that MS students enroll as soon as they can, or email the MS program director to express interests in classes, because if classes only have a few enrollees, it might not run. If you are a MS student haven’t figured out your fall enrollment yet, email the MS director to get help. If you can’t enroll yet due to financial reasons, let the MS director know what classes you are interested in.

Undergrads, we also want to point out that these classes are available to you as general electives if you are a Junior or Senior. You can take them, but you need permission from your advisor and the instructor. There is an exceptions form to fill out that can be found on our website or from your advisor. These classes are a great opportunity to challenge yourself beyond your undergrad coursework and learn new things! Note that they will not be substituted in place of your major core courses, and are above and beyond the normal undergraduate curriculum.

Classes coming up in winter quarter you should be aware of are listed below. If you are interested, contact the instructor and your academic advisor soon.

CHE 424 – Group Theory

CHE 424 Group Theory is a traditional lecture course which characterizes molecular symmetry mathematically and applies the results to a variety of chemical concepts, such as construction of hybrid and molecular orbitals, crystal field theory, prediction of IR and Raman spectra, etc. Mathematical techniques used include algebra and trigonometry, plus basic matrix algebra (knowledge of this prior to taking the course is not assumed). Though the course is designed for upper level chemistry majors and MS students, the only hard prerequisite is CHE 234. Instructor: Wendy Wolbach

(FYI this would be great for undergrads who have taken inorganic (320) and want to go deeper into group theory and its applications!)

CHE 430 – Polymer Synthesis

This course focuses on the key synthetic organic chemistry methods for making polymers and coatings. A detailed consideration is given to the three types of polymerization reactions: step, chain, and ring-opening polymerizations. Practical application of polymer chemistry in society is a theme throughout the course. Instructor: Gregory Kharas

CHE 431 – Polymer Synthesis Laboratory

The goal of this lab course is to expose students to experimental polymer chemistry. This course focuses on the key synthetic methods for making polymers and basic structural characterization techniques. Practical application of polymer chemistry in society is a theme throughout the course. (2 quarter hours); Instructor: Gregory Kharas

CHE 494 – Science Writing and Communication

This course is required of all Chemistry MS students and is highly recommended for motivated undergrads with an interest in academia, science journalism, or a related field.

The goal of this course is to prepare students to be effective writers and communicators in academic and industrial settings. The course is organized around learning how to write a scientific argument via modules that cover the nature of scientific fact, different genres of scientific writing (e.g., reports and proposals), writing collaboratively and presenting a scientific argument to a stakeholder audience.


Study Abroad Info Session Mon 11/13 3pm

Hello, Dr. Grice here.

Last summer, Dr. Bystriansky in BIO and I ran a short course study abroad program to Spain over the summer, and we are planning on doing it again this summer. You can get two 300-level courses in CHE or BIO and also fulfill your JYEL requirement by going on the study abroad. More information is included in the flier below.

If you are curious about it, come and learn more!

Dr. Grice

Cadiz Flier 2018

CSH Showcase is this Friday. Be there!


The 15th Annual Science and Mathematics Undergraduate Research Showcase is being held this Friday, November 3rd in the atrium of McGowan South. Students from many disciplines will be taking part by giving short presentations or presenting posters. The poster presentation session is open to all students, faculty, and staff (and catered), and we have 13 chemistry students presenting posters or giving talks.

Come see the research results your peers are generating, and enjoy a snack while you are at it. If you have a friend presenting, show up to support them. If someone-you-only-kind-of-know-from-that-one-thing-you-were-both-at is presenting, show up and stand awkwardly near each other trying to figure out how to start a conversation. So many choices!

The schedule of events is:

➡️Oral Presentations
🕒12:15 PM ‒1:15 PM
📍McGowan South 103 (Chem and Bio)
📍McGowan South 106 (Physics and Math)

➡️Group Picture Time!
🕒1:30 PM
📍Main Stairwell in the McGowan South Atrium

➡️STEM Alumni Panel Session
🕒1:50 PM ‒2:50 PM
📍McGowan South 107

➡️Poster Session and Reception
🕒3:00 PM ‒5:00 PM
📍First and Second Floor of McGowan South

Info on the speakers can be found here: 2017 Showcase Alumni Speaker Flyer

We look forward to seeing you all there!