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.

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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.

April 18 - 19, 2019

Lifecycle Control of Polymer Materials

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss the molecular design of organic structural materials that mimic the ability of living systems to protect, report, heal and even regenerate themselves in response to damage, with the goal of increasing lifetime, safety and sustainability of many manufactured items. I will emphasize recent developments in frontal ring-opening metathesis polymerization (FROMP) to manufacture composites with minimal energy consumption. The talk will also present a workflow for the design,  evaluation, and development of new “mechanophores”, a term that has come to mean a molecular unit that chemically responds in a selective manner to a mechanical perturbation. Mechanophores are building blocks for the development of mechanoresponsive materials with protection and sensing functions. The impact and challenges of introducing these capabilities in real-world situations will be mentioned.

  • Thursday, April 18th
  • IHMC - 40 S Alcaniz St
  • 5:30 pm: Reception
  • 6:00 pm: Lecture and discussion
  • RSVP for this lecture

Dynamic Covalent Synthesis for Nanoscale Construction

Abstract: Analysis of dynamic covalent syntheses (DCS), both successes and failures, have led to the pathway controlled hypothesis, which states that kinetically viable pathways play an unrecognized role in some DCS. Of course, conditions do exist where product distributions reach equilibrium and are thermodynamically controlled. Kinetic traps may, however, intercept progress resulting in product distributions that are far from equilibrium. As illustrated in this talk, such understanding proves useful for the construction of complex nanostructures in excellent yield.

  • Friday, April 19th
  • Department Seminar - Building 58A, Room 101
  • 1:00 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.

Jeffrey S Moore

Dr. Jeffrey S. Moore- Department of Chemistry & the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jeffrey Moore received his B.S. in chemistry (1984) and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering with Samuel Stupp (1989), both from the University of Illinois. He then went to Caltech as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working with Robert Grubbs. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in 1993 returned to the University of Illinois, where he is currently the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair, Professor of Chemistry, as well as a Professor of Materials Science & Engineering.

Moore is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society (ACS); he has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and has been recognized as a “Faculty Ranked Excellent by their Students.” For 14 years he served as an associate editor for the Journal of American Chemical Society.

In 2014, he was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and in 2016 was chosen as the recipient for the ACS Edward Leete Award in Organic Chemistry. He received the Royal Society of Chemistrys Materials Chemistry Division 2018 Stephanie L. Kwolek Award. He has published over 400 articles covering topics from technology in the classroom to self-healing polymers, mechanoresponsive materials and shape-persistent macrocycles. He is currently serving as the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois.

Future Speakers


Past Smart Seminars

Year Speaker and Topic Location
2018 Dr. Richard D. McCollough, Harvard University 58A, 101
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