Comet Calendar

Molecular Motion and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Solids (Speaker: Dr. Kristin Hutchins, Texas Tech University; Host: Dr. Ronald Smaldone)

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Virtual Event

In 2021 Fall semester, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be holding seminar series every Friday between 3:30pm-4.30pm starting on Sep 3rd (second week of the semester). The seminars will be presented either virtually via BbCollaborate or in person (Room SCI 1.210).

The first seminar of the series will take place on Friday Sep. 3rd and will be delivered virtually (Dr. Kristin Hutchins, Texas Tech University; Host: Dr. Ronald Smaldone). The link can be provided upon request (please contact Dr. Gabriele Meloni at

Title: Molecular Motion and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Solids

Abstract: Thermal expansion (TE) is the response of a material to a change in temperature. Materials that undergo well-controlled TE are useful in high precision instruments, sensors, and aerospace applications. Controlling and predicting TE behaviors of organic molecular solids connected through noncovalent interactions remains challenging because directing self-assembly of component molecules in three dimensions is not trivial. Here, we describe our efforts to design organic solids that undergo molecular motion in response to temperature as a platform for achieving large TE. We also direct solid-state self-assembly via noncovalent interactions and discuss the impact of these interactions on TE behavior. 

Follow us on Comet Calendar for more information about our seminar series. Enjoy it!

UTD strives to create inclusive and accessible events in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the event coordinator (listed below) at least 10 business days prior to the event. If you have any additional questions, please email and the AccessAbility Resource Center at

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Graduate Students





Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Contact Information
Dr. Gabriele Meloni
Google Calendar iCal Outlook