Congratulations to Levine group members Dylan and Katy for earning their masters degrees!
Congratulations to Derek Metcalf, former undergraduate researcher in our group, for earning a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! After graduating MSU in 2018, Derek joined the Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech, where he now working in the group of David Sherrill. Keep up the good work, Derek!
It’s nice to be able to share some good news.
Yinan Shu was named a 2020 PHYS Division Young Investigators by the ACS PHYS division:
Yinan was one of the first Levine group members, joining in 2011 and earning his PhD in 2016. During his time here he lead a number of projects, ranging from semiconductor photophysics to electronic structure method development to the automated design of light emitting molecules. He is currently a postdoc in the group of Don Truhlar at University of Minnesota.
Nice work, Yinan, and very well deserved!
Last week we bid farewell to Dmitry Fedorov, who is moving on to a postdoctoral position in the Alexeev group at Argonne National Lab and at General Atomics. While with us, Dmitry completed a number of very challenging projects in nonadiabatic molecular dynamics method development. We are sad to see him go, but we look forward to seeing the great things he will do in the future!
After spending two previous summers in our group, Adam Hartley has officially joined as a Ph.D. student. Welcome, Adam!
Congratulations to Wei-Tao for successfully defending his dissertation today! Wei-Tao has done excellent work on several projects (silicon defect photophysics, cyanine photochemistry, and time-dependent electronic structure method development). In a couple of months Wei-Tao will join the group of Jochen Blumberger at University College London as a postdoc. We can’t wait to see the great things he will do there and beyond!
Welcome to new graduate student Katy Humphries! Katy is co-advised by Jim McCusker and will be studying the photochemistry of interesting transition metal complexes.
Today was summer REU student Andrew LaDuca’s last day. In a short 10 weeks, Andrew gained useful insights into the electrochemistry of an interesting class of organic molecules with hypothetical applications in water splitting and energy storage. Best wishes for your senior year at Grand Valley and future career!
Check out Dmitry’s new paper in JPCL, describing our new method for modeling nonadiabatic molecular dynamics in dense manifolds of electronic states. In short, it does not require full knowledge of the many electronic PESs involved in the dynamics, but does not suffer from well-known problems arising from the mean-field nature of Ehrenfest dynamics.