Department Seminar

Upcoming Seminar

Atomic-Scale Insights for Batteries and Catalysts Revealed by Cryo-EM
Dr. Yuzhang Li, UCLA

December 6, 2023
4:00pm in HSCI-103

Yuzhang Li

Cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) won the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 2017 for its ability to elucidate the molecular-scale structure of important biomolecules (e.g., the spike protein of COVID-19), which has had a transformative impact on structural biology. The Li group at UCLA is leading efforts to leverage this powerful technique to have a similar impact in the field of materials science. These efforts have led to significant breakthroughs in our understanding of batteries (Science 358, 506, 2017; Science 375, 66, 2022) and electrocatalysts (Nature Energy 8, 138, 2023), which represent important clean energy technologies necessary for mitigating climate change. New insights then inform parallel efforts in materials innovations (Nature 620, 86, 2023) that will enable transformative technologies.

Fig. Materials revealed by cryo-EM.

Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 4:00pm. All are invited to attend.

Seminar Coordinator

For information and suggestions about our Department Seminar series, please contact the seminar coordinator:

Dr. Fangyuan Tian


The following is the schedule for Fall 2023.

Seminar Schedule
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
December 6, 2023 Atomic-Scale Insights for Batteries and Catalysts Revealed by Cryo-EM Dr. Yuzhang Li, UCLA

Previous Seminars

Previous Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
November 29, 2023 Capsid Assembly and Genome Packaging in a Plus-strand RNA Virus Dr. Rees Garmann, San Diego State University
November 15, 2023 How Did We Get Here? The Unusual Transport Itinerary of a Novel Rab GTPase Accelerating Protein Dr. Daniel Nickerson, CSU San Bernadino
November 8, 2023 Probing the Kinetics of Apolipoprotein A-I Exchange in Response to Lipid, Particle Size, and Mutation Status Dr. Mark Borja, CSU East Bay
November 1, 2023 Some Stories from Being a Chemistry Student and Chemistry Professor + A Couple of Dive Videos Dr. Stuart Berryhill, CSU Long Beach
October 25, 2023 Quantum Dots for Solar Energy Conversion Dr. Michael Enright, San Francisco State University
October 18, 2023 Engineered Tissues Models for Muscle and Cardiac Repair Dr. Perla Ayala, CSU Long Beach
October 11, 2023 Not Just for Oxides! Sol-Gel Methods for Nanoparticle Assembly Dr. Stephanie Brock, Wayne State University
October 11, 2023 Accelerated Decomposition Kinetics of Ammonium Perchlorate via Conformal Graphene Coating Dr. Alfred Baca, US Naval Research Laboratory
October 4, 2023 Nanostructured Silicon as a Theranostic Tool Dr. Michael Sailor, UC San Diego
September 27, 2023 Nanospace within Metal-Organic Frameworks: Plenty of Room for Imagination Dr. Shengqian Ma, University of North Texas
September 20, 2023 Estrogen receptor and testosterone in women and importance of estrogen in men Dr. Ellis Levin, Long Beach VA Medical Center & UC Irvine
September 13, 2023 Towards Inclusive and Accessible Chemistry Classrooms: Faculty and TAs as Change Agents Dr. Stacey Brydges, UC San Diego
September 6, 2023 Liquid Crystalline Assembly of Conjugated Polymers Dr. Shanju Zhang, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
August 30, 2023 Nanomaterials Interfaced to Photosystem I for BioHybrid Energy Conversion Dr. David Cliffel, Vanderbilt University
August 23, 2023 Novel properties of plasmonic metal nanostructures for sensing and cancer therapy: A case study of hollow gold nanospheres Dr. Jin Zhong Zhang, UC Santa Cruz

The Seminar Archive has Department Seminars from previous semesters.

The Department Seminar is supported by The Allergan Foundation.