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December 2022 People and Events

Teffanie Goh selected as the recipient of the Olshansky Graduate Student Travel Award

Graduate student, Teffanie Goh, is selected as one of the recipients of a Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Award. The Olshansky Graduate Student Travel Award is part of a group of Department of Chemistry awards at the University of Chicago that provides funding to help defray registration and conference costs for students and postdocs presenting at scientific conferences. Bravo, Teffanie!

October 2022 Research and Publications

Catalyst Design for Decarbonization Center (CD4DC) Kick-Off Meeting

The Catalyst Design for Decarbonization Center (CD4DC), a U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), is based at the University of Chicago. PIs, senior scientists, junior researchers, and the Scientific Advisory Board gathered at The Study at University of Chicago for the Kick-Off Meeting on October 10 -11, 2022. Let the science begin!

August 2022 People and Events Research and Publications

The Catalyst Design for Decarbonization Center (CD4DC) has been awarded to UChicago and Laura Gagliardi will serve as Director.

Laura is the Director of the Catalyst Design for Decarbonization Center (CD4DC), a Department of Energy-sponsored Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded researchers at the University of Chicago $12.5 million to advance work aimed at finding innovative solutions for long-lasting hydrogen energy research — potentially offering a zero-emission alternative to fossil fuels. Based at the University of Chicago, the CD4DC will partner with researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, Clemson University, Northwestern University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Minnesota. Read the article here.

August 2022 People and Events

Laura delivers the Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture at ACS Fall 2022

The Gagliardi group had a great time at ACS Fall 2022, sharing nine oral talks and four posters throughout the meeting. Laura delivered the Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture on Tuesday, August 23rd entitled Quantum leaps: Chemistry and creativity in a changing world. Her keynote explored how theory, computation, and machine intelligence can work together to help create a more sustainable world and address environmental challenges such as water scarcity, global warming, and clean energy. See you at the next meeting!

 

July 2022 People and Events Research and Publications

Laura reflects on the past six months of serving as JCTC Editor-in-Chief

Laura shares what is next for the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation and reflects on serving as Editor-in-Chief in the journal’s recent editorial. The article highlights emerging topics that will receive JCTC’s support and the journal’s societal responsibilities beyond knowledge generation and technological innovation. Read more here.

July 2022 People and Events

Gagliardi group welcomes two summer student researchers!

The Gagliardi group is excited to welcome undergraduate Ariadna Fernandez (University of Illinois Chicago) and graduate student Francesca Fasulo (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) from Naples, Italy. Ariadna joins us from the Open Quantum Initiative (OQI) Undergraduate Fellowship, a summer program focused on developing students’ “research literacy” skills and their exposure to the wide diversity of physics subfields (including experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches).

June 2022 People and Events

Dr. Riddhish Umesh Pandharkar successfully defended his doctoral thesis

Dr. Riddhish Umesh Pandharkar successfully defended his doctoral thesis with the title “Localized multireference methods for strongly correlated systems.” Riddhish has accepted a position at OpenEye Scientific as a Scientific Software Developer located in Santa Fe, NM. Congratulations, Riddhish!

May 2022 People and Events

Dario Campisi’s project proposal recognized with a Seal of Excellence by the European Commission

Postdoc Dario Campisi‘s project proposal, “A new theoretical method of general applicability to study the chemistry of our solar system”, was recognized with a Seal of Excellence by the  European Commission submitted under the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions call HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01-01 — MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021. The project was recognized as a high-quality project proposal in a highly competitive evaluation process but could not receive funding due to budgetary constraints and was therefore recommended by the European Commission for funding by other sources.

April 2022 People and Events

Laura elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Laura has been elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, one of the world’s oldest existing learned societies. The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina was founded in 1652 as a classical scholarly society and now boasts 1,600 members from almost all branches of science. Notable members include Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Joseph Lister, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein. Throughout its history, 186 members have won Nobel prizes. Read the article on Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering’s website.

April 2022 People and Events

Gagliardi Group website wins an award!

The Gagliardi Group website has been awarded silver by the MUSE Creative Awards. This recognition is a part of the MUSE Awards Program, which was created by the International Awards Associate (IAA) in 2015. IAA’s inception was based on a mission to honor, promote and encourage creativity by providing a new standard of excellence for evaluating media design production and distribution. Read the announcement here.

People and Events

Ben Yeh is selected as one of the recipients of a 2022 Kokes Award for NAM27.

Graduate student, Ben Yeh, is selected as one of the recipients of a 2022 Kokes Award for the 27th North American Catalysis Society meeting in New York, NY being held on May 22-27, 2022. This travel award, sponsored by the North American Catalysis Society, provides funding for the conference registration fee and accommodation to encourage students to attend and participate in this biennial conference.

January 2022 People and Events

Sílvia Escayola visits Gagliardi group!

Sílvia Escayola, a Ph.D. student at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Girona in Spain, joins the group as a visiting scholar during Winter 2022 to collaborate with Gagliardi Group members. Welcome, Sílvia!