February Monthly Meeting

Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday – February 15, 2016
WHERE: Duquesne University
RSVP BY: Friday, February 10, 2016 at 12:00 noon

Dinner reservations are no longer being accepted.

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Technology Forum Speaker’s Presentation & Social Hour: 5:30 PM – Power Center Ballroom Section C
Social Hour: 5:30 PM – Power Center Fides Shepperson Suite
Dinner: 6:45 PM – Power Center Ballroom Section C
Business Meeting: 8:00 PM – Power Center Ballroom Section C
Technical Program Speaker’s Presentation: 8:15 PM – Power Center Ballroom Section C

Jessie Schell, Schell Games, CEO

“Virtual Reality and the Future of Chemistry Education”
Chemistry, the most concrete of all sciences, can ironically be difficult for students because its concepts are so abstract. And while the idea of lab work in chemistry classes is incredibly inspiring to students, but the realities of lab work are often confusing, dull, and dangerous. In this talk, Jesse Schell will show how Schell Games is making use of Augmented and Virtual Reality to turn molecular structure and chemistry lab work into safe, fun, concrete hands-on activities that can lead students to the magic of chemistry and the mindset of a true scientist. …READ BIO

Bo Zhang, Chemistry Department, University of Washington

“Neuronal Imaging and Single Molecule Electrochemistry with Fluorescence -Enabled Electrochemical Microscopy”
In this talk, I will present a new electrochemical technique developed in my laboratory at the University of Washington and its use in the study of neuronal activity and fundamental electrochemistry of single redox molecules. My group has developed Fluorescence-Enabled Electrochemical Microscopy (FEEM) as a powerful technique to study highly dynamic redox events. The central idea of FEEM is the use of a bipolar electrode to couple a redox reaction of interest, such as oxidation of dopamine, to a fluorogenic redox reaction so that one can use fluorescence microscopy to monitor electrochemical kinetics. Here, the oxidation or the reduction of a redox molecule on one pole of the bipolar electrode results in the generation of a fluorescent product on the other pole of the same electrode. The development and use of very large and uniform electrochemical arrays containing >106 ultramicroelectrodes and nanoelectrodes allows one to image complex, dynamic redox events with exceedingly high spatial and temporal resolution. FEEM has been used for several applications including the study of dynamic formation of a diffusion layer, electrocatalysis screening, single nanoparticle collision, and the study of single redox events. A key application of FEEM is the study of single-cell exocytosis and neuronal communication in a functional neuronal network. …READ BIO