Undergraduate Sunny Zheng is a recipient of a University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant for spring 2018. Her project is titled "Effect of Electron Correlation in Modeling the Ground and Excited-State Geometries of Ozone and the Reaction Mechanism of the Cope Rearrangement."
Graduate student Sam Stoneburner is one of four finalists in the 2017 Dow Chemical SISCA (Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award) competition. SISCA recognizes and rewards student innovation and research on sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. Read more about the award on the Department of Chemistry's web site.
The group welcomes three first-year graduate students: Riddhish Umesh Pandharkar, Thais Scott, and Jacob White. Thais and Jacob are advised by Laura, and Riddhish is co-advised by Laura and Chris Cramer. We are glad to have you with us.
Laura is part of a multi-institution team led by the University of Notre Dame that has been awarded a grant by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Actinide Center of Excellence (ACE), to conduct research in actinide and nuclear chemistry. You can read more on the Department of Chemistry's web site. Some members of the group are pictured, below, in the Group lab.
Postdoc Andrew Sand is the author of the November 7 Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. It is not just Andrew's scientific papers that get published! See the puzzle.
A "Viewpoint on the 2017 American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry," published in J. Phys. Chem. A, discusses the latest efforts of the Gagliardi group. Read more.
Welcome to four undergraduates, joining the group for Fall 2017: Molly Andersen, Michelle Anderson, Yesenia Vega, and Sunny Zheng.
The Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (ICDC) held its annual meeting on September 11-12, at the St. Paul Hotel. Several members of the group are members of the ICDC; Laura is the Director. For information on the ICDC, click here.
On September 15, graduate student Chad Hoyer (co-advised by Laura and Don Truhlar) successfully defended his thesis, "Electronic Structure Method Development for Excited-State Chemistry." He is currently exploring postdoctoral opportunities. Congratulations, Chad!
Laura has been elected to the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) Board. Read more on the Department of Chemistry's web site.
Postdoc Varinia Bernales has received a travel grant to present her research at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., August 20-24, 2017. Congratulations, Varinia! Read more on the Department of Chemistry's web site.
On July 7, the Gagliardi and Cramer groups met in a friendly bowling competition at Memory Lanes in Minneapolis (organized by group member Hung Pham). By a very small margin, the Gagliardi group was victorious. Thanks for organizing this, Hung.
The University of Minnesota's Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (ICDC), the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, and the Chemical Theory Center (CTC), along with the Theoretical Chemistry Group of the University of Torino, Italy, co-hosted The Minnesota Workshop, ab Initio Modeling in Solid State Chemistry with CRYSTAL, from July 9-14, at Minnesota. CRYSTAL is a computational tool for solid state chemistry and physics. Read more about the workshop and the software, and see photos of the participants on the Department of Chemistry's web site.
A poster session was held on Wednesday, July 12, as part of the CRYSTAL workshop. Five winners were chosen: Sara Dampf of Syracuse University (second from right), Tae Yun Kim of Seoul National University (South Korea) (not pictured), Duwage Perera of the University of Maine (far right), Stefano Racioppi of the Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy) (third from right), and Gagliardi group member Jingyun Ye (third from left). Also pictured: Laura Gagaliardi (far left) and Lorenzo Maschio, (University of Turin (Italy) (second from left). Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to Rebecca Carlson, who successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis, titled "A Study of Metal-Metal Bonds and Multiconfiguration Pair-Density Functional Theory," on July 28. She is considering several options for her future, including postdoctoral positions or a position in industry. We wish her the best.
Jenny G. Vitillo, Laura Gagliardi, and Berend Smit (EPF Lausanne) were the guest editors of a special issue of Chemical Review on “Carbon Capture and Separation.” The July 26 cover of Chemical Review, designed by Jenny, features the multipronged strategy envisaged to divert the trend in the terrestrial average temperature on time to keep it under the limit of 1.5 °C. Great work!
From June 1-9, Laura was on a lecture tour in the United Kingdom for the RSC Bourke award that she received in 2016. She gave lectures at Imperial College London, at the University of Sheffield, at the Faraday Discussion on New Directions in Porous Crystalline Materials in Edinburgh, and at the University of Southampton.
The theory faculty are happy to welcome four undergraduate students to Minnesota as participants in the first Chemical Theory Center/Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center summer program within the Department of Chemistry. They are here for 10 weeks (June-August) and will conduct research in theoretical chemistry. Katherine Kidder (Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA) is working in the Gagliardi group, under postdoc Andrew Sand, on multiconfiguration pair-density function theory; Hirbod Heidari (Sharif University, Tehran) is working in Don Truhlar’s group; Jason Goodpaster is advising Hunter Wilson (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, PA), and Qining Wang (Rutgers University) is part of Chris Cramer's group. Welcome to all of you and we wish you the best with your summer research experience.
Fourth-year grad student Soumen Ghosh is one of seven graduate students selected by the Department of Chemistry for a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Soumen is co-advised by Laura Gagliardi and Chris Cramer. Congratulations, Soumen! Read more on the Department of Chemistry web site.
Graduate student Sam Stoneburner's recent paper, "Catechol-Ligated Transition Metals: A Quantum Chemical Study on a Promising System for Gas Separation", was selected as the cover feature for the latest issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C: Link.
Postdoc Varinia Bernales has been honored with one of two Wiley/ACS Computers in Chemistry Outstanding PostDoc Awards. From the award notification: "This award is a testimony of the high impact and quality of your research, and, as future leaders in the field, you are going to contribute in shaping the computational chemistry of the future." Read more on the Department of Chemistry web site. This is quite an accomplishment!
Undergraduate researcher Molly Andersen has received two fellowships: from the Department of Chemistry, the David A. and Merece H. Johnson Scholarship "for outstanding achievement in undergraduate research as well as overall scholastic excellence," and from the School of Physics and Astronomy, the Hagstrum Award in Physics, which "is awarded to a senior in physics showing excellence and promise in their chosen field." Congratulations to Molly.
The Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (ICDC), a U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). is based at the University of Minnesota. Recently, a video showcasing the important work of the ICDC was produced. You can view it from the ICDC web site's home page.
As part of The American Chemical Society (ACS) 253rd NATIONAL MEETING & EXPOSITION on Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes, April 2-6, 2017, in San Francisco, there was a Women in COMP breakfast on Tuesday, April 4. This was a mentorship opportunity for female postdoctoral scholars. In addition to this special program, Laura Gagliardi and Gagliardi group postdoc Jing Xie gave several talks at ACS.
A paper co-authored by postdoc Jing Xie and graduate student Debmalya Ray, published in the journal Nature Chemistry on April 24, was featured on the Department of Chemistry's web site (also on April 24). To read the article and for a link to the paper, click here.
The group welcomes new postdoc Jenny Vitillo, from Università di Torino (University of Turin), Italy. She is co-advised by Laura Gagliardi and UMN Chemistry faculty member Connie Lu. We are happy to have you here, Jenny.
The group welcomes visiting postdoctoral scholar Walter A. Rabanal León of the Department of Chemistry at Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile, where he is a member of the Millennium Nucleus Molecular Engineering for Catalysis and Biosensors group.
The group welcomes three new members: postdoc Davide Presti, who comes to Minnesota from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy, University of Minnesota undergraduate researcher Michelle Anderson, and postdoc Carlo Gaggioli from Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy.
Second-year graduate students Prachi Sharma and Hung Pham passed their preliminary examinations. Congratulations to both!
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