Graduate students, Daniel King and Abhishek Mitra have been honored by the Department of Chemistry for earning 4.0 GPAs for the 2019-20 school year. Nice work, Daniel and Abhishek!
Great talk, Laura!
Undergraduate, Youngsu Shin is a recipient of a University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant for fall 2020. He will continue his work with the Gagliardi group on a project titled “Dimerization of linear olefins.” Way to go, Youngsu!
Graduate student, Matt Simons, co-advised by Laura and Professor Aditya Bhan, has received the Richard D. Amelar and Arthur S. Lodge Fellowship for Outstanding Collaborative Research in Materials for 2020-21.This award is given to a student whose research interests encompass the overlapping scope of chemistry and chemical engineering and materials science. Award winners must have demonstrated excellence in their areas of interest and a willingness to collaborate with other students and/or research groups. Congrats, Matt!
The Gagliardi group is excited to welcome five summer researchers, including high school students Dominic Greco, Ben Kroul, and Maddy Oakes, undergraduate student Jonathan Fajen (University of Missouri), and incoming graduate student Arturo Sauza de la Vega. Former Gagliardi group graduate student Sam Stoneburner (currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Messiah College) has returned as Scientific Coordinator for Summer 2020 to provide research and technical support to these researchers.
In collaboration with the Long group (University of California, Berkeley), Gagliardi group members have recently published a paper “Negative cooperativity upon hydrogen bond-stabilized O2adsorption in a redox-active metal–organic framework” in Nature Communications.
Jenny Vitillo, Ph.D., at the time of the research a post-doctoral associate in the group and now an assistant professor at the University of Insubria, Italy, and Varinia Bernales, Ph.D., at the time of the research a post-doctoral associate in the group and now a scientist at Dow Chemical, performed periodic density functional and wave function-based calculations to identify the different factors responsible for the complex mechanism of O2 adsorption in Co(OH)2(BBTA). The study was funded by the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center.
A postdoctoral position is available in the Gagliardi group to develop quantum algorithms suitable for quantum simulations of many-body problems. The candidate should have a strong background in physical and computational chemistry, and experience with programming and simulating chemical systems. A PhD degree in one of the following areas is required: chemistry, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, chemical physics. Please contact Laura Gagliardi at email@example.com.
Graduate student, Saumil Chheda successfully defended his qualifying PhD exam on the topic “Computational insights into the catalytic activity of metal-organic framework supported transition metals for olefin oligomerization.”Bravo, Saumil!
Laura has been elected as a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), a 240-year-old organization honoring the country’s most accomplished artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders.The Academy honors people making preeminent contributions to their fields and the world. An induction ceremony is planned for October.
Group member Prachi Sharma has received the 2019-20 Overend Award in Physical Chemistry in the theory/computation area.
This award honors outstanding physical chemistry graduate student researchers and is named after Professor John Overend who was a physical chemist in the Department of Chemistry from 1960 to 1984. Prachi’s research interests focus on developing novel quantum mechanical methods that can accurately describe electron-electron interactions. She is using these methods to predict chemical properties of actinide-transition metal complexes, which are important for catalysis, study of electronic spectra, and excited state properties of various organic and inorganic molecules.