Congratulations, almost-Dr. Peng!

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!

 

New Year’s Eve Featured Article in JCP on Roaming H2

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!

Congratulations, Derek!

Congratulations to Derek Metcalf, who will graduate with his B.S. in Chemical Engineering this week!  Derek will be heading south to join the Chemistry Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech this summer.  Derek has done great work on a number of project, and we’re looking forward to seeing more great things from him.  Congratulations and good luck, Derek!

Ben Promoted to Associate Prof. with Tenure

Effective tomorrow, July 1, I (Ben) will be an associate professor with tenure.  Many thanks to all of my friends and colleagues at MSU and elsewhere.

An especially big thanks to the students whose hard work and creative problem solving were responsible for the science our team has done over the last six years.

And another especially big thanks to Carol and Mark for their support and patience.

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