Congratulations, Dr. Qiuyang Li!

On Wednesday, March 13th, Qiuyang Li successfully defended his thesis entitled “Physical properties and Dynamics of Excitons in Cadmium Chalcogenide 2D Nanoplatelets for Lasing and Solar-to-Fuel Conversion”. Qiuyang’s thesis committee included his thesis advisor, Dr. Tianquan Lian, and members Dr. James Kindt and Dr. Michael Heaven.

His favorite parts of grad school have been attending a group BBQ at Dr. Lian’s home and becoming a scientist. He is looking forward to continuing his academic career with a postdoc.

Congratulations, Dr. Li!

Research from the Dunham Lab Wins Cozzarelli Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Dunham and colleagues on their recent publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This manuscript has won the journal’s Cozzarelli Prize, which recognizes one outstanding contribution each year to each of the six disciplines of the National Academy of Sciences and celebrates “scientific excellence and originality”.

The manuscript entitled “Mechanism of tRNA-mediated +1 ribosomal frameshifting” discusses ribosomal frameshifting, a perturbation of the protein assembly process. With an enhanced understanding of this process, we can begin to understand more about how proteins are synthesized as well as how some antibiotics can hijack this process and re-engineer it for new applications.

To read more about this, click [here]!

Dr. Simon Blakey Elected to the ISHC Advisory Committee

Congratulations to Dr. Simon Blakey for being elected to the Advisory Committee of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISHC)! The ISHC was established in 1968 to promote heterocyclic chemistry by sponsoring the ISHC-Congress, to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field, and to aid in the publication of “Progress in Heterocyclic Chemistry” (PHC). With this appointment, Dr. Blakey will serve as one of two North American representatives on the committee of nine members.

Research in the Blakey lab centers around probing fundamental questions of chemical reactivity, catalysis, and synthetic strategy with an emphasis on selective C-H functionalization. If you are interested in learning more about the Blakey lab, check out their new website [here]!

Emory University Receives AAU Grant for Undergraduate STEM Education

Emory University was recently named as a recipient of a grant from The Association of American Universities for the improvement of undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The grant is part of the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, a project launched in 2011 to encourage STEM departments to maximize student engagement through effective teaching strategies. The AAU explains:

“These strategies include creating learning communities for STEM faculty members involved in reform efforts, establishing programs to train graduate students and undergraduate teaching assistants or peer advisors in active learning practices, renovating classrooms into collaborative learning spaces, and creating inclusive and welcoming learning environments for all students.”

The mission of this initiative aligns perfectly with Chemistry Unbound, our undergraduate curriculum, that has seen great success since its start in Fall 2017.

Click [here] to learn more about this initiative!

Evangelista’s DOE Grant Featured in Emory News

Late last year, we announced that Francesco Evangelista was awarded $3.9 million to lead research into the development of software to run the first generation of quantum computers. This achievement was recently featured by Emory News in their article “A new spin on computing: Chemist leads $3.9 million DOE quest for quantum software.” In the article, you can find more details about the scope of the project and the scientific goals of the Evangelista Group.

“A ‘classical’ chemist is focused on getting a chemical reaction and creating new molecules,” explains Evangelista, assistant professor at Emory University. “As theoretical chemists, we want to understand how chemistry really works — how all the atoms involved interact with one another during a reaction.”

To read the full article, click [here]!

January Research Round-Up

Congratulations to our amazing research teams here in the Department of Chemistry for their publications this month!

Bowman Group

Yu, Q., & Bowman, J. M. (2019). Classical, Thermostatted Ring Polymer, and Quantum VSCF/VCI Calculations of IR Spectra of H7O3+ and H9O4+ (Eigen) and Comparison With ExperimentThe Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

Davies Group

Wilkerson‐Hill, S. M., & Davies, H. M. (2018). Rhodium (II) Tetracarboxylate‐Catalyzed Enantioselective C–H Functionalization ReactionsRhodium Catalysis in Organic Synthesis: Methods and Reactions.

Heaven Group

Han, J., Sanderson, C. R., Hokr, B., Ballmann, C. W., Clark, A. B., & Heaven, M. C. (2019, January). Optically pumped rare gas lasers. In XXII International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications(Vol. 11042, p. 1104202). International Society for Optics and Photonics.

Mikheyev, P. A., Han, J., & Heaven, M. C. (2019, January). Lasing in optically pumped Ar: He mixture excited in a dielectric barrier discharge. In XXII International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications(Vol. 11042, p. 1104206). International Society for Optics and Photonics.

Heemstra Group

Heemstra, J., Jahnke, F., & Peterson, A. (2018). S. Patent Application No. 15/739,828.

Knutson, S. D., & Heemstra, J. M. (2019). Selective enrichment of A-to-I edited transcripts from cellular RNA using Endonuclease VbioRxiv, 522029.

Kindt Group

Guo, Z., Wu, P., & Kindt, J. T. (2019). Ordering of colloidal hard spheres under gravity: From monolayer to multilayerSoft matter.

Lama, N., Weeks, E., Dong, Y., Wu, P., & Kindt, J. (2019). Crystals and Liquids in Monolayers of Heavy particlesBulletin of the American Physical Society.

Lian Group

Li, Q., & Lian, T. (2019). Ultrafast Charge Separation in Two-Dimensional CsPbBr3 Perovskite NanoplateletsThe journal of physical chemistry letters.

Sam Zinga Named Class of 2019 100 Senior Honorary

Congratulations to Sam Zinga for being named a Class of 2019 100 Senior Honorary! This award, given by the Emory Alumni Board and the Student Alumni Board, recognizes the success of 100 outstanding students in the current senior class. These accomplished individuals have made significant contributions to the Emory community by serving as leaders, mentors, athletes, influencers, volunteers, and thinkers. In alignment with their love for Emory, the 100 Senior Honorary members will act as alumni leaders after graduation by staying active in the Emory alumni community.

Looking Back on 2018

Happy New Year! As we enter 2019, a new year of innovation and achievement, let’s take some time to appreciate some of the wonderful things that took place in the Department of Chemistry during 2018.