June, 2016

June 28, 2016

Modeling ECD with Real-Time Electronic Dynamics

Different enantiomers of chiral molecules absorb left- and right-handed circularly polarized light differently. This is the physical basis of circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, and is one of the most powerful experimental techniques for characterizing enantiomers. Unfortunately, calculating CD spectroscopy is an extremely challenging task. In “An Atomic Orbital Based Real-Time Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory for […]


June 12, 2016

Three new PhDs to be reintroduced to society

It’s been a big month for the Li group with three students defending and gaining their doctorate degrees. Phu Nguyen kicked off the defenses on May 19 by discussing his work on molecular dynamics and modeling X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. He has accepted a job at Amazon and has already started working there. Bo Peng defended […]


June 12, 2016

Following Ultrafast Electronic Dynamics with X-ray Transient Absorption

A new paper is now online published in collaboration with Lin Chen’s group at Northwestern University. Ultrafast electronic dynamics in an excited metalloporphyrin were tracked with X-ray Transient Absorption (XTA). These are some of the highest temporal resolution X-ray experiments performed with the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The XTA spectra were modeled with our […]


June 3, 2016

Our collection of Italian postdocs grows by 50%

The group is happy to welcome back Greta Donati after completing her PhD! Greta worked with us a visiting student last year while she was a graduate student with Nadia Rega at the University of Napoli Federico II and she’s now back in Seattle as a postdoc. She has done some phenomenal work in the […]