Guest speaker to visit UTM

Guest speaker to visit UTM

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 1:11 pm

“Adventures in Ionic Liquids” will be the topic of guest speaker Dr. Kevin Miller’s address to the UT Martin campus, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in room 318 of the Johnson EPS building.
The lecture is being held in conjunction with the UT Martin Student Members of the American Chemical Society’s (SMACS) annual Green Chemistry activities. Miller, assistant professor of chemistry at Murray State University, will discuss his research dealing with the use of ionic liquids as solvents in the synthesis of better polymers.
According to information provided by the UT Martin Department of Chemistry, unlike many solvents that are a major cause of pollution by the chemical and drug industry, the ionic liquids have low vapor pressure and better solvating properties.  
These play an important role in the practice of green chemistry, which advocates the design of processes and products that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.
Miller earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.  He later held the position of senior research scientist at Rohm and Haas Chemicals (now a part of Dow Chemical Company) for over six years. Miller was also a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech University prior to joining the Murray (Ky.) State University faculty, in the fall of 2010. The lecture is free and open to the public.
 For more information, contact Dr. S.K. Airee at 881-7454, or skairee@utm.edu. Published in The WCP 3.15.12

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