3rd Annual Chemistry Research Symposium

January 23, 2018

Following a tradition started in 2016, The Department of Chemistry is organizing the 3rd Annual Chemistry Department Research Symposium, to be held from 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday March 10 2018, in the Hendrix Student Center (Almeda R. Jacks Ballrooms & The McKissick Theatre) on the Clemson University campus. The Symposium will feature posters presented by graduate students from each research group in the department. 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. We really hope to see you there!

In case you drive, the big parking lot in front of the Hendrix Student Center will be a good place to park. We have requested the permission to park there for guests attending the event.

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Keynote lecture

This year we have the honor to host Dr. Roger Wiens from Los Alamos National Laboratory, who will present the keynote lecture entitled “Chemistry on Mars: Zapping Rocks with the ChemCam Laser on Curiosity“.

Dr. Wiens has been the leader of the ChemCam laser instrument on the Curiosity rover (; which landed in 2012. He has directed the US and French team operating ChemCam and interpreting the data returned from Mars. Dr. Wiens has been involved in other NASA robotic missions as well, including Stardust, Mars Odyssey, Lunar Prospector, and Deep Space-One, which include missions to the Moon, Mars, and comets. In 2014 NASA selected the SuperCam instrument, a successor to ChemCam, being built for NASA’s next Mars rover, due to launch in 2020. He is now leading this new instrument development. Dr. Wiens has been recognized by NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory for his contributions to science, and in 2016 he was knighted by the government of France for his work in “forging strong ties between the French and American scientific communities” and for “inspiring many young, ambitious earthlings.”

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