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2015 Officers

Paul J. Sideris
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-281-5615

Kevin Kolack
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-281-5037

Marlon Moreno
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364

Terry Brack
Hofstra University
Department of Chemistry
Hempstead, NY, 11549-0151
Phone: 516-463-5539

Philip Mark
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530

Ralph Stephani
St.John's University
Department of Chemistry
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY, 11439-0001
Phone: 718-990-5215

Daniel Resch
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530

Terrence M. Black
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530
Phone: 516-463-6277

Sujun Wei
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-631-6939

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Department of Chemistry
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
Phone 516-883-7510
Fax 516-883-4003

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Our monthly seminars cover a broad range of topics and are open to all.
Students are encouraged to attend.

Queensborough Community College
Science Building, Room S-112
Social: 5:30 pm Seminar: 6:00 PM
Cost: Seminar is free and open to all
Dinner: Following at a nearby restaurant ($25)

Video from September 2015 seminar Chocolate: Food of the Gods

2015 Meetings

February 5, 2015

Tony Taldone, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Discovery and Development of Purine-scaffold Hsp90 inhibitors for the Treatment of Cancer

Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a molecular chaperone exploited by cancer cells to aid in their survival. The recognition of Hsp90 as a critical facilitator for oncogene addiction and survival of cancer cells has opened a promising new niche for cancer treatment. The serendipitous discovery that the broad spectrum anticancer activity of the natural products geldanamycin (GM) and radicicol (RD) was a result of inhibition of Hsp90 resulted in the development of improved derivatives of these natural products. One of these was 17-AAG, a closely related analog of GM, and was in fact the first Hsp90 inhibitor to enter the clinic. However, GM and its analogs suffer from poor 'drug-like' properties and this served as a strong impetus for the development of novel synthetic Hsp90 inhibitors. One class to exhibit enhanced potency and improved pharmacokinetic properties is the purine-scaffold. A number of small-molecule Hsp90 inhibitors based on the purine-scaffold are currently being evaluated in clinical trials for cancer. Here, I will discuss their initial discovery and development into potential anticancer agents.

March 19, 2015

Ling Huang, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Hofstra University

'Spice Tales': Rapid Detection and Quantification of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Since 2008, Designer drugs such as synthetic cannabinoids mixed with herbal products, also known as ’Spice’ have been sold as herbal incenses in smoke shops and online. Many synthetic cannabinoids have been outlawed as Schedule I controlled substance. New and 'legal’ compounds are still being sold around the world, which creates challenges to forensic analysts and law enforcement agencies and causes great harm to unaware users. Our lab successfully utilizes NMR as an alternative to conventional GC-MS method to rapidly identify and quantify emerging cannabinoids. We have also optimized simple extraction technique for these designer herbal drugs prior to optimized HPLC separation and quantification. Our methods can be utilized to accelerate the accurate screening of designer drugs and to reduce evidence backlog in the battle with emerging ’Spice’ products.

April 2, 2015

Yu Chen, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Queens College - CUNY

Electrophilic Cyclizations of Alkynes-Facile Approaches to Heterocyclic and Carbocyclic Molecules

Palladium and gold-catalyzed as well as iodine monochloride-induced intramolecular electrophilic cyclizations of functionally substituted alkynes will be discussed. These regioselective annulations represent new and efficient synthetic approaches to carbocyclic and heterocyclic molecules, including isoxazoles, isoquinolines, indenones, and dibenzoannulen-5-ones. These approaches utilize palladium or gold catalyzed reactions as the key steps towards the production of the final target molecules or intermediate compounds. The new methods start from readily available starting materials and only consist of facile and user-friendly synthetic conditions, while they will serve as valuable tools for the preparation of compounds covering a broad spectrum of fields including synthetic and medicinal chemistry, and the material sciences.

April 24, 2015

15th Annual Chemistry Challenge

This is a chemistry knowledge competition between student teams from area two- and four-year institutions. Thirty multiple choice questions (approximately 75% General and 25% Organic Chemistry) are asked in a friendly and exciting atmosphere that brings colleges and their students and faculty together. Each team is made of three members and all are welcome. Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Accept the Challenge!!

Time: 5:00pm dinner, 6:00pm Chemistry Challenge
Place: Queensborough Community College, Science Bldg S-112

May 4, 2015

The 25th Annual High School Awards - Nomination Deadline

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May 14, 2015

The 25th Annual High School Awards
with a lecture on
The Importance of Chemistry in Today's Crime Scene Investigations by
Scott J. Kovar
Director of Forensic Sciences
Hofstra University

This talk will discuss the different types of evidence that is normally encountered at crime scenes and how forensic chemists utilize the latest instrumental techniques to analyze these sometimes "challenging" samples. Interesting casework slides will be included, and a question and answer period will be provided to discuss possible career paths in Forensic Chemistry.

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September 14, 2015

Howard Peters, PhD, ,

Chocolate: Food of the Gods

Chocolate has been a part of our New World culture for thousands of years. This fun presentation includes the ancient history of chocolate, the process of growing, processing, fermenting, drying, conching, tempering, blending and finishing of the cocoa pod, bean and pulp roasting, the chemistry, biochemistry and biology of chocolate along with its health aspects. At the conclusion of the seminar, there will be a free drawing for a ten-pound bar of Guittard chocolate.



September 19, 2015

Palmer Vineyards Winery Tour

The exciting outing to the Palmer Vineyards on Long Island's North Fork features a discussion of the grape varieties, viticulture practices, the wine making process and the science behind great wine. The participants will be treated to a tour and wine tastings. Participants must be are 21 or older.


October 1, 2015

Sean Devine, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, LIU Post

Palladium-Catalyzed Carbocyclization Reactions Involving Carbene Insertions

Transition metal-catalyzed cross coupling has revolutionized the way that chemists assemble carbon-carbon (C-C) bonds. These reactions typically involve palladium-catalyzed bond formation between vinyl or aryl halides and organometallic coupling reagents. Our laboratory is currently interested in developing Pd-catalyzed coupling reactions involving vinyl iodides and N-tosylhydrazones to assemble η3-allyl ligands. Intramolecular trapping with stabilized carbon nucleophiles leads to the generation of vinylcyclopentanes with newly formed sp3 centers. Migratory insertion of carbene ligands derived from N-tosylhydrazones are the key step in these carbenylative carbocyclization reactions

November 5, 2015

Mingzhao Liu, Ph.D., Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Semiconductor Nanostructures for High Efficiency Artificial Photosynthesis

Driven by a strong desire for clean and renewable fuel, effective methods of Hydrogen (H2) production have been sought after for a long time. Solar water splitting within a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell, also known as artificial photosynthesis, has been the most promising method since 1972, when Fujishima and Honda discovered the photolysis of water over a TiO2 electrode under UV radiation. To date the key problem remains how to maximize the solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency using low-cost, earth abundant materials. The seminar will be based on our recent work on using nanostructured semiconductor photocatalysts for high efficiency water splitting, with particular emphasis on the core/shell structures, in which one can optimize the bulk light absorption and interfacial carrier transfer processes independently. The talk will also cover our newly developed time-resolved spectroscopic techniques for operando studies of nanostructured photocatalyst at well controlled PEC conditions, which enables us to directly assess the carrier dynamics during solar water splitting at unprecedented ultrafast picosecond timescale.

December 3, 2015

Holiday Party and 2016 Board Elections

Paris Svoronos, Ph.D., CUNY Queensborough Community College

Seminar at Nassau Community College
College Center Building Room 252-253 (CCB 252-253) Directions
Invisible Ink: The History Behing It and the Chemistry Associated with It

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