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4th Annual Chemistry Research Symposium

Following a tradition started in 2016, The Department of Chemistry is organizing the 4th Annual Chemistry Department Research Symposium, to be held on Saturday March 9 2019, from 9:00 AM to noon on the Clemson University campus. The purpose of this event is to share the research and accomplishments of the last year with each other and the larger Clemson community that we are a part of. Perspective graduate students are also invited to the event as a means for them to learn about the research in the department and to interact with our graduate students. Alumni, representatives from local industry and students from local public schools are also encouraged to come. Coffee and refreshments will also be served at the event.

The Symposium will feature posters presented by graduate students from each research group in the department as well as undergraduate students and student from surrounding schools. The poster session will be held at the atrium of the new Life Sciences Building. Directions for the venue can be found in this map. In case you drive, the parking lot (E1) in front of BRC will be a good place to park. We have requested permission to park there for guests attending the event on green spots. If you choose to park in a metered space, please pay the fare. Alternatively, additional parking is available in lot C1. Please check our campus map if you have any questions.

The flyer is available here.
The final program for the event is available here.
Pictures of the event are available in our Facebook page.

Keynote lecturePortrait of James Tour

This year we have the honor to host Dr. James Tour from Rice University, who will present Nanotechnology: Graphene, Devices and Medicine. In this lecture, new routes to the formation of graphene will be discussed including laser-induced graphene which is made in the air and without furnaces. A series of devices including supercapacitors, gas sensors, triboelectric generators, electrocatalysis beds for water splitting and the oxygen reduction reaction, air filters and water purifiers have been made from this flexible platform. The use of graphene nanoribbons and graphene quantum dots in medicine will be discussed. And the spinoff of many of these technologies into standalone companies will be presented.

The lecture will take place in the main Auditorium of the Chemistry Department (Hunter 100). This building is just a few min away from the Life Sciences Building.

Dr. Tour’s scientific research areas include nanoelectronics, graphene electronics, silicon oxide electronics, carbon nanovectors for medical applications, green carbon research for enhanced oil recovery and environmentally friendly oil and gas extraction, graphene photovoltaics, carbon supercapacitors, lithium ion batteries, CO2 capture, water splitting to H2 and O2, water purification, carbon nanotube and graphene synthetic modifications, graphene oxide, carbon composites, hydrogen storage on nanoengineered carbon scaffolds, and synthesis of single-molecule nanomachines which includes molecular motors and nanocars. He has also developed strategies for retarding chemical terrorist attacks. For pre-college education, Tour developed the NanoKids concept for K-12 education in nanoscale science, and also Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero science packages for elementary and middle school education: SciRave ( which later expanded to Stemscopes-based software. The SciRave program has risen to be the #1 most widely adopted program in Texas to complement science instruction, and it is currently used by over 450 school districts and 40,000 teachers with almost 2 million student downloads. More information about his career can be found here.

Poster Presentations

All graduate and undergraduate students are invited to present posters at the he Symposium. Poster titles and abstracts are due by 12:00 midnight on March 2nd. In order to streamline the process the itles and abstracts will be collected using Google Form. The link for submitting abstracts is:

You may also use the following PDF document, that contains instructions and an example of how to fill out the form.

In addition to the written abstract, we ask that each presenter also includes a graphical abstract or a picture illustrating his/her research. Graphical abstracts/pictures can be uploaded as a part of the form: however the file size is limited to 10 MB and must be uploaded as a PDF or as a picture. Please name the graphical abstract file with the presenters first and last name (FIRST.LAST.GA).

Students will be able to edit their submission up until the deadline; however, no proofs will be sent out for review before the program is printed. Therefore, please make sure that your submittal is publication ready. The poster should be 4 feet by 3 feet and can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. All posters must be hung up by 9am and taken down at the conclusion of the event. In order to promote discussion between students, we ask that students given an even number poster be present at their poster from 9:00 am until 10:00 am, and that students given an odd number poster be present at their poster from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Poster numbers will be assigned according the program and will be available the day of the event.

We are also pleased to announce that the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization will be sponsoring a cash prize, which will be awarded to the top three posters. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Keynote address. Please note that winners must be physically present at the end of the keynote address in order to receive their prize.

If you have questions, please post them on the Symposium Blog and we will respond promptly.


Past Symposiums

2018: Check out the flyer and program, and media release
2017: Check out the flyer and program, and media release
2016: Check out the flyer, program, media release, and pictures

About our Department

The Chemistry Department provides undergraduate and graduate education in chemistry and contributes to the body of knowledge in chemistry through research and scholarship that responds to the educational, technological and economic needs of South Carolina, the Southeast Region and the Nation.

Clemson is one of the country’s most selective public research universities, we serve a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body. We are ranked as the 21st best national public university by U.S.News & World Report, and we are a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, we remain committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life. In fact, 92 percent of our seniors say they’d pick Clemson again if they had it to do over. Clemson’s retention and graduation rates rank among the highest in the country for public universities. We’ve been named among the best values by Kiplinger magazine in 2013, and SmartMoney in 2012 ranked us No. 7 in student return on investment. Our beautiful college campus sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Hartwell Lake. But we also have research facilities and economic development hubs throughout the state of South Carolina — in Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia and Charleston. The research, outreach and entrepreneurial projects led by our faculty and students are driving economic development and improving quality of life in South Carolina and beyond. In fact, a recent study determined that Clemson has an annual $1.83 billion economic impact on the state. Just as founder Thomas Green Clemson intertwined his life with the state’s economic and educational development, the Clemson Family impacts lives daily with their teaching, research and service. More information is available in the following link.