William D. Smart Seminars in Chemistry

The William D. Smart Seminar Series in Chemistry was established in 2005 by William "Bill" and Mary Smart.


This endowment enables the Department of Chemistry to bring distinguished chemical scientists to campus to present and discuss cutting-edge scientific research as well as issues of interest to an educated public. In 2011, Mary Smart provided an additional gift to the Smart Seminar Series in Chemistry Endowment which allows for expansion of the seminar series to include additional speakers, international scientists, and much more.

2014 William D. Smart Lecturer

Professor Geraldine L. Richmond
Presidential Chair and Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon

Gerri Richmond chemistry

Oil On Water: Calming The Seas But Not The Science

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
2:30 PM in Bldg 58A Room 101, UWF

Since the Romans first spread oil on water to calm the raging seas, curiosity has persisted about the unique nature of the interface between water and a hydrophobic liquid. Understanding how molecules behave at an oil-water interface is critical for solving many technological and environmental problems. This presentation will focus on our most recent efforts in understanding themolecular structure of the oil-water interface and the unique environment it provides for ions, molecules, macromolecules, and nanoparticles that are drawn into its inner realm. The studies are a combination of spectroscopic and thermodynamic measurements coupled with theoretical simulations.

Surf, Sink or Swim: Understanding Environmentally ImportantProcesses at Water Surfaces

Wednesday, February 19 , 2014
6:00 PM at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, 40 South Alcaniz Street


Although thespecial properties of water have been valued and appreciated for centuries, as scientists we continue to be perplexed by the molecular make-up of water in allits forms. Equally perplexing is the surface of water, a surface that is involved in some of most important reactions in our atmosphere, a surface that can sculpt the landscape as it flows past rocks and soils, a surface that can break down the strongest ofmetals, and a surface across which essential nutrients and ions are constantly exchanged in life-sustaining processes in our bodies. In our laboratory we study environmentally important processes at aqueous surfaces using laser based spectroscopic techniques and molecular dynamicssimulations. I will focus my talk on our recent studies of the intriguing behavior of water surfaces when in contact with molecules of importance in our environment.

Past Smart Seminars

YearSpeakerSeminar Title
2007 Sir Harry Kroto
Florida State University
Architecture in NanoSpace
2009 Sir Fraser Stoddart
Northwestern University
Chemistry and Molecular Nanotechnology in Tomorrow’s World
2010 Dr. Daniel Nocera
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Chemistry of Solar Energy and Its Storage for the Non-Legacy World
2011 Dr. Michael Summers
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Structural Studies of Retroviral Genome Packaging
2011 Dr. Ken Raymond
University of California, Berkeley
Confinement and Catalysis in Chiral, Self-Assembled, Nanoscale Flasks