Chemistry Department Seminars

Chemistry Department Seminars will be in-person in SL 130, unless otherwise noted.  Some seminars may be also be broadcast online and recorded.  For access to online seminars and/or recordings, please see the Majors Canvas page or contact the chemistry department at

The department strives to offer a diverse and vibrant seminar program. Each year leading researchers from outside the department, as well as faculty and graduate students from Western, present and discuss their cutting-edge research. This is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to actively participate in the scientific community. In addition, many outside seminar speakers are recruiting graduate students for their respective programs and are eager to discuss their program. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

Photo Credit Roisin Cowan-Kuist, 2019

Current Seminar Schedule 

Seminars will be in-person in SL 130 throughout Spring Quarter 2024, unless otherwise noted. 

IN-PERSON Seminars typically take place on Friday from 3:15-4:15 pm in SL 130.

Seminar topics and titles will be posted as we receive additional information from speakers.

Spring Quarter 2024 Seminars

Friday, April 5th

Title: Out in Chemistry, Out in Chemistry Panel Discussion

Host: JoeHahn, LGBTQ+ Director, LGBTQ+ Western

Friday, April 12th

Title: Wellbeing @ WesternChemistry Department Wellness Conversation

Host: WWU Center for Community Learning 

Location: SMATE Library, SL 220

Friday, April 19th

Title: High-Performance Luminescent Materials Using Structural Constraint

Speaker: Dr. Zachary Hudson, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia

Friday, April 26th

No Seminar

Friday, May 3rd

Title: User-Programmable Hydrogel Biomaterials to Probe and Direct 4D Stem Cell Fate

Speaker: Dr. Cole DeForest, Weyerhaeuser Endowed Professor and Associate Professor, Departments of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Washington

Friday, May 10th

Title: Separation and characterization of chitosan by SEC and AF4

Speaker: Dr. Yonggang Liu, Senior Analytical Chemist, Tidal Vision

Friday, May 17th

No Seminar- Scholars Week

Friday, May 24th 

Title: TBD

Speaker: Dr. Jeff Rinehart, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California San Diego

Friday, May 31st

Title: TBD 

Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Alonge, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Washington

Friday, June 7th

No Seminar- Department Awards Ceremony


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