Chemistry Seminar

Renee Frontiera Seminar

Guest Speaker: Renee Frontiera - University of Minnesota

Date & Time:

Friday, October 9, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


OWS 251
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Dr. Renee Frontiera of the University of Minnesota will present her work titled:



This talk will focus on new methods to follow chemical reactions as they occur, in systems including living cells and photocatalytic nanomaterials. I’ll discuss the two techniques we use in my lab to monitor processes which happen on nanometer length scales.  First, we are a developing a new super-resolution Raman microscopy technique to look at structure in living cells on the 10 nm length scale.  This is approximately the size of a single protein, so with our new technique we will be able to determine how local environments affect the function of a protein.  This will lead to insights into how cells communicate with one another, and how membrane proteins transport materials in and out of the cell.   Secondly, we use plasmonic nanomaterials, which interact strongly with light and confine it to nanometer length scales, to probe and drive new chemical reactions. Currently we are investigating the use of these nanomaterials to degrade organic pollutants and turn CO2 into usable fuels.


Renee Frontiera Seminar

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