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May 2020 Research and Publications

Saumil Chheda successfully defended his qualifying PhD exam.

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!

April 2020 Research and Publications

The Gagliardi Group research project selection process

A summary was compiled by graduate student Daniel King:

How to Select a Project?

On April 2, 2020, the Gagliardi group met to discuss the question of how to select research projects. The following is a summary of that discussion.

It was agreed upon that first-year graduate students should spend their time getting to know what they are interested in and reading the literature. These students should be prepared for projects to not work out and worry less about what comes after their PhD; self-knowledge and learning how much time it takes to accomplish research goals is more important at this stage. In extreme cases, switching research groups may be the best option.

More experienced graduate students began to express an interest in the logistics of a project and its range of possible outcomes. “Who will I be working with? What will I be doing? How long will this project take? How will this project affect me if things don’t work out?”

Senior graduate students began to express interest in their careers after graduate school. “How can I align my research with what I would like to do after my PhD in terms of lifestyle and research interests? How does the project demonstrate to an employer that I am able to learn new skills?”

Postdocs began to express an interest in contributing to the scientific community at large. “How does this project help others? Will my project contribute to the field in a meaningful way?”

As advice to junior investigators, Professor Gagliardi put an emphasis on making yourself a unique expert in the field. “Is there a reason that you should be doing this project over anyone else? Will this project complement the skills you have in a unique and interesting way?”

In conclusion, there are a wide range of factors to consider when choosing a project, and which ones you value when choosing a project can and should vary heavily depending on the stage of your career.

People and Events

Prachi Sharma receives 2019-20 Overend Award in Physical Chemistry

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.

People and Events

Laura has been elected as a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

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.

Research and Publications

Ben Yeh successfully defended his qualifying PhD exam!

Graduate student, Ben Yeh successfully defended his qualifying PhD exam on the topic “Mechanism and active site requirements for olefin oligomerization on metal-organic framework catalysts.”Congratulations, Ben!

March 2020 Research and Publications

Gagliardi Group members collaborate on a JCTC publication.

Several Gagliardi Group members have collaborated on a recent JCTC publication, “Automation of Active Space Selection for Multireference Methods via Machine Learning on Chemical Bond Dissociation.”Postdoc WooSeok Jeong, former graduate student Sam Stoneburner, and Laura designed a project aimed at popularizing CASSCF by making it easier to select good active spaces. In collaboration with first-year graduate student Daniel King, undergraduate Andrew Walker, visiting undergraduate Ruye Li from Tsinghua University, and Professor Roland Lindh from Uppsala University, they developed a machine learning protocol that performs an automated selection of active spaces for chemical bond dissociation calculations of main group diatomic molecules.

February 2020 Research and Publications

Collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory advances the knowledge of actinide systems

In collaboration with scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Laura and former postdoc Jing Xie (currently an assistant professor at the School of Chemistry and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China) have synthesized and characterized the first 2-metallabiphenylene compounds, advancing the knowledge of actinide systems that can show unique spectroscopies and reactivities.

This work has been published in Nature and featured in Chemistry World and ChemistryViews.

Research and Publications

Gagliardi group members publish collaborative works.

In a highly collaborative work, researchers were able to report the activation of C2 and C3 alkanes over well-defined, mononuclear iron sites situated within the nodes of a MOF that bear similar nuclearity, oxidation state (+2), and spin state (S=2) to iron centers in certain enzymes that activate alkanes oxidatively. Experiments characterizing the bulk structure of the MOF and its reactivity were performed by Gagliardi group graduate student Matthew Simons (co-advised by Aditya Bhan), and Jenny Vitillo, Ph.D., Gagliardi group postdoc (co-advised by Connie Lu), performed the synthesis and quantum mechanical characterization of the material. This study has recently been reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

People and Events

Aleksandr Lykhin joins the Gagliardi group as a postdoc!

Aleksandr Lykhin has joined the group as a postdoc after recently completing his Ph.D. in the Varganov group at the University of Nevada, Reno.He is interested in spin-forbidden kinetics and catalysis. Welcome, Alex!

September 2019 People and Events

Dragan Conić visits Gagliardi group!

Dragan Conić, a Ph.D. student at the Department of Chemistry at KU Leuven in Belgium, joins the group as a visiting scholar during Fall 2019 to collaborate with Gagliardi Group members on a computational study of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).Welcome, Dragan!

June 2019 Research and Publications

Gagliardi group presents at 7th Annual OpenMolcas Developers’ Workshop!

The 7th Annual OpenMolcas Developers’ Workshop took place on June 12-14, 2019 at the University of Minnesota. The workshop consisted of a mixture of technical and scientific reports from Molcas developers, scientific perspectives from Molcas users, and discussion sessions. Many Gagliardi group members presented, including Carlo Alberto Gaggioli, Matthew Hermes, Riddhish Pandharkar, Thais Scott, and Prachi Sharma. The workshop was sponsored by Molcas and by the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center. It was hosted by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

June 2019 People and Events

Sam Stoneburner successfully defended his doctoral thesis!

On June 11, graduate student, Sam Stoneburner successfully defended his doctoral thesis, “Accurate quantum mechanical study of singlet-triplet gaps in organic radicals and of metal catecholates for air separation in metal organic frameworks.”Dr. Stoneburner will head next to a faculty position at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Sam!

May 2019 People and Events

Prachi Sharma awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

Fourth-year graduate student, Prachi Sharma has been awarded a highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year. 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.