VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Department of Chemistry at Villanova University hosts its annual Anthony J. and Heand Johns Silvestri Lectureship in Chemistry with keynote speaker Scott Miller, Irénée du Pont professor of Chemistry at Yale University, on May 1. Dr. Miller presents, “Searching for Selective Catalytic Reactions in Complex Molecular Environments” at 3:30 p.m. in room 213 of Mendel Science Center.
Dr. Miller is an award-winning chemist for his research on developing new methods for the synthesis and derivatization of complex molecular structures. Dr. Miller has dedicated more than 20 years to the research and advancement Chemistry and has earned prestigious recognitions including the Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award and the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award.
At Yale University, Dr. Miller’s research laboratory advances the field of Chemistry from practical, fundamental and interdisciplinary perspectives. Dr. Miller has authored more than 160 publications in top journals in the field. He has mentored numerous students and postdoctoral fellows during his career and these scientists have gone on to impressive positions in both industry and academia.
The Anthony J. and Heand Johns Silvestri Lectureship in Chemistry was established through the donation of Anthony Silvestri ’58 CLAS, and his wife Heand. Since its inception, the lectureship has continued to provide students and faculty access to prominent researchers across the discipline of chemistry. The event includes the keynote address, a luncheon, senior thesis presentations and awards.
About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With more than 40 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.