William D. Smart Seminars

In 2005, the William D. Smart Seminar Series in Chemistry was established at the University of West Florida thanks to an endowment gift of $100,000 from William and Mary Smart of Pensacola. The endowment allows the Department of Chemistry to distinguished scientists to campus to present and discuss cutting-edge scientific research.

Smart Seminars in Chemistry

Prior to his retirement, Bill Smart was corporate vice president of Abbott Laboratories and president of the Abbott Ross Laboratories Division where he oversaw the development of the Ensure nutritional supplements among many other accomplishments.  In 2011, Mary Smart provided an additional gift to the Smart Seminar Series in Chemistry Endowment which allowed for the expansion of the seminar series to include additional speakers, international scientists, and much more.

February 8th-9th, 2018

A Look at Future Technologies That Will Change Your Life: Bendable Televisions and Cell Phones, Windows That Are Lights and Energy Sources, and Printed Electronics on Demand

Abstract: Dramatic scientific discoveries over the past 30 years are now leading to revolutionary new consumer products that promise an improved future.  Plastics that are lights and energy producing materials will significantly reduce energy consumption and can even lead to “zero energy” buildings.  The printing of metals and other electronic materials in two and three dimensions are already impacting robotics, sensors, futuristic consumer goods, etc.  This presentation will attempt to predict the future.  A simple introduction underlying science and discoveries that have enabled the field will be presented, as well as emerging discoveries and research that have gone relatively unnoticed.

The Printed Electronics Revolution: Conducting Polymers, Transistor Paints, and Printed Metals

Abstract: Since the late 1970s, conducting polymers have promised a revolution in electronics.  That revolution is here in the form of printed organic and organometallic displays and solid-state lighting and circuitry.  This presentation will provide a status report on commercialization of printed electronics. The underlying science and discoveries that have enabled the field will be presented, including how to create conducting polymers with excellent electrical properties and printability, how science can simplify and lower the costs of new devices, and the remaining basic science opportunities for printable solar cells, transistors, and lighting.  Recent work from my lab will show how the design, synthesis, and understanding of advanced materials can be used to attack the remaining challenges.

  • Friday, February 9th
  • Department Seminar - Building 58A
  • 2:00 pm: Lecture and discussion

Both are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tanay Kesharwani, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (850) 474-2743; tkesharwani@uwf.edu.


Dr. Richard D. McCullough- Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Harvard University Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Materials

Richard McCullough has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. Since 2012, Dr. McCullough has been the Vice Provost for Research, working with the President and Provost to encourage, cultivate, and coordinate high impact academic research across all of Harvard’s schools and affiliated institutions. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has broad responsibility and oversight for the development, review, and implementation of strategies, planning, and policies related to the organization and execution of academic research across the entire university. Dr. McCullough leads a new office of Foundation and Corporate Development and also has oversight over most of the interdisciplinary institutes, centers, and initiatives across all of Harvard. He oversees compliance and sponsored research as well.

Under Vice Provost McCullough’s leadership, the Office of the VPR is particularly focused on removing barriers to collaboration, whether in University policies, or financial or administrative systems. He also oversees multiple internal seed funds to promote new interdisciplinary research. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Research works with the President and Provost to foster and encourage entrepreneurship among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members. He also helps to lead the development of the new innovation campus.

Richard McCullough is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Harvard and is a member of numerous professional societies and boards. He has received numerous awards and is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Prior to being named Vice Provost for Research at Harvard, Dr. McCullough was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he previously served as the Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and Lord Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. McCullough has founded two companies: Liquid X Printed Metals and Plextronics. 

Future Speakers


Past Smart Seminars

Year Speaker and Topic Location
2017 Dr. Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Northwestern(Inorganic) 58A, 101
2016 Dr. John Hartwig, UC Berkeley(Organic)  58A, 101
2015 Dr. Anthony J. Ryan, OBE, University of Sheffield(Polymers) 58A, 101
2014 Dr. Geraldine L. Richmond, University of Oregon (Organic) 58A, 101
2011 Dr. Ken Raymond, University of California (Inorganic) 58A, 101
2010 Dr. Michael Summers, University of Maryland (Organic) 58A, 101
2009 Sir Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University (Inorganic) 58A, 101
2007 Sir Harry Kroto, Florida State University (Inorganic) 58A, 101