Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Wenkel Liang, who defended his Ph.D. work “From Geometry Optimization to Time Dependent Molecular Structure Modeling: Method Developments, ab initio Theories and Applications” on April 12. Wenkel has been a graduate student in Professor Xiaosong Li’s research group since 2008,  where he has been working actively in the area of computational physical chemistry, and his work has covered a wide range of topics from method/theory developments to theoretical investigations. Wenkel also served as the departmental computing cluster student admin since the summer of 2009. Currently he is exploring industrial opportunities in the practical applications of computational chemistry.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Brad MacLeod, who defended his Ph.D. dissertation “Probing Buried Interfaces within Organic Diodes Using Electromodulated Transmittance Spectroscopies” on March 9. He was a student in Professor David Ginger’s laboratory for the past five and a half years. He has started a postdoctoral research position at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, where he will specialize in interfaces within organic photovoltaic devices.

Joshua Guerrette awarded ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Summer Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to Joshua Guerrette, who has been awarded a 2012 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC) Summer Graduate Fellowship to support his Ph.D. work in our department! Joshua is a third year graduate student working with Professor Bo Zhang to develop an electroanalytical technique known as fluorescence-enabled electrochemical detection and imaging. Previously, Joshua was an undergraduate at University of Hawaii, where he majored in Chemistry.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Lewis Johnson, who defended his Ph.D. work “Multi-Scale Modeling of Organic Electro-Optic Materials” on April 5. Lewis was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He attended Pomona College in Claremont CA, where he received his B.A. in Chemistry in 2007. Lewis has been a student in Professor Bruce Robinson’s lab since 2008, where he has used a variety of modeling techniques to study soft-matter materials for electro-optic and biophotonic applications. Lewis also enjoys photography, writing, running, curling, and softball, among other interests. He is exploring a variety of options for post-doctoral research.