Congratulations to Levine group postdoc Arshad Mehmood for earning the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Outstanding Dissertation Award at Texas Christian University, where he earned his Ph.D. in the group of Ben Janesko. Great work, Arshad!
Congratulations to Levine group graduate, Yinan Shu, on receiving the 2020 Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award from the journal Chemical Physics! Named for eminent spectroscopist and long-time Chemical Physics editor, Robin Hochstrasser, this award is given to one chemical physicist each year, who must be under 40 years of age and without a permanent academic appointment. Nice work, Yinan, keep racking up those awards!
Congratulations to Mike Esch, who successfully defended this Ph.D. dissertation this week! Mike has done excellent work on a number of topics, including lead halide perovskites, cyanine dyes, conical intersection “locality,” and nonadiabatic molecular dynamics methods for dense manifolds of electronic states. Lucky for us, Mike will be staying on as a postdoc in our group!
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!
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!
Congratulations to Fangchun and Andy for passing their candidacy exams this work. Great work, guys!
Check out our most recently article with the Dantus group, investigating the formation of H3+ by H2 roaming in thiols, for comparison with our past work in alcohols. Though easier to ionize, H3+ yields in thiols are actually lower than in equivalent alcohols. Electronic structure calculations carried out by recently-graduated Dantus group member and friend of the group Muath Nairat provide an interesting explanation.
Also, congrats to Muath, who is starting a postdoc in the Schlau-Cohen group at MIT!