CUNY Advanced Science Seminar Series

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Tell Tuttle 's talk will focus on the current and future efforts in his lab to help target the molecular search spaces available to experimental chemists through computational methods. The first part of the talk will focus on the use of computational chemistry to aid in the discovery of new, selective catalysts for deuteration reactions. The ability to selectively deuterate a range of substrates is of particular importance for the pharmaceutical industry and the development of novel catalysts for this purpose is a key priority. The approach outlined in the talk will demonstrate how computataional chemistry can be used to significantly accelerate this development process, while also reducing cost.

The second part of the talk will focus on the future devlopment of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. Results from the his lab's efforts in screening new donor molecules to minimise synthetic efforts will be discussed along with the advantages and drawbacks of this approach. Moreover, the future directions and challenges in focussing on acceptors molecules for these devices will also be explored.

The third and final part of the talk will discuss his lab's latest results in its efforts to discover new peptide gelators with desirable properties. His lab's approach involves rapidly assessing thousands of potential peptides through computational methods to identify peptides of interest for synthesis and characterization. The ability to assess thousands of different peptides for their self-assembly potential also leads to the emergence of principles which can be employed for the design of more complex peptide systems.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research presents the CUNY Advanced Science Seminar (CASS) series focusing on five key and emerging science flagship disciplines at CUNY:  nanoscience, photonics, environmental science, structural biology, and neuroscience. The seminars feature leaders in these fields, who spend a day at CUNY and meet with faculty and students. These disciplines are the focus of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), which is scheduled to open in 2014. For more information please visit the ASRC website

The Fall 2013 series will take the form of lunchtime seminars. Lunch will be provided.


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Refreshments will be provided at the Spring 2014 Seminars

Thursday April 3, 2014, 12:30-2:00pm

Reducing Molecular Search Spaces  
Tell Tuttle, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

205 East 42nd Street, Room 819

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