June 19, 2014

Erica is quite an outstanding TA

Congratulations to Erica Chong for winning the 2013-2014 Outstanding TA Award! She has done an excellent job teaching a plethora of chemistry courses from the 100-400 level. We’re very happy that the department has decided to recognize her good work.

June 11, 2014

Josh Goings wins Peter Salamon Scholarship

Congratulations to Josh Goings on winning the Peter Salamon Scholarship from the Telluride Science Research Center! The award cuts the Josh’s registration fee in half for the Excited States and Time-Dependent Electronic Structure Theory workshop. Only one scholarship per workshop is awarded to graduate students and postdocs.

June 5, 2014

Joseph’s paper on midgap excitations is now online

One of Joseph’s last submitted papers, “Tunable Mid-Gap Excitations in Co2+-doped ZnO Quantum Dots: Effect of Excited State Structural Relaxation” has been accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. The paper studies midgap excitations within Co2+-doped ZnO quantum dots using Density Functional Theory.

June 5, 2014

David Lingerfelt passed his 2nd year exam!

Congratulations to David Lingerfelt on running that gauntlet that is the 2nd year exam. Now the entire crop of 2nd years passed their exams. His research presentation focused on vibronic broadening of absorption spectra.

June 3, 2014

Alessio Petrone returns as a postdoc

Alessio visited the group as a graduate student over the winter. After stopping back in Naples just long enough to grab a Ph.D., he’s back as a postdoc. He’ll be continuing his work here on solvation and molecular dynamics.

May 23, 2014

Patrick Lestrange passed his 2nd year exam

Congratulations to Patrick for passing his second year exam! Patrick poked fun at the trials and tribulations encountered during his research project with a talk titled “The first pancake theory: Adventures in electronic structure”. The closed-door portion of the exam involved a research proposal on modeling transient X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

May 8, 2014

Joseph May graduated!

Congratulations to the now Dr. Joseph May who defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled “Theoretical Insight into the Manipulation of the Optical and Magnetic Properties of TM2+-doped II-VI Semiconductor Quantum Dots” on Tuesday. Joseph will be moving to Las Vegas shortly to teach high school chemistry and will be sorely missed.

April 14, 2014

Patrick’s first publication in the Li group now online

Congratulations to Patrick Lestrange, a second-year graduate student, on the acceptance of his paper titled “Density of States Guided Møller-Plesset Perturbation Theory” in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. This paper describes a method designed to compute the correlation energy correction for large systems with high density of states, such as polymers and nanostructures. […]