Joel Bowman’s Research Featured on eScienceCommons

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Emory’s eScienceCommons blog, “Chemists map cascade of reactions for producing atmosphere’s ‘detergent’,” features findings from Joel Bowman‘s recent Nature Chemistry paper.

“We’ve solved another piece of the puzzle in the formation of hydroxyl radicals, by zooming in to see all the steps of the reaction in much finer detail than ever before,” says co-author Joel Bowman, a theoretical chemist at Emory. “This kind of detailed data is important to atmospheric chemists trying to make predictive models for how the atmosphere will respond to climate change.”

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Congratulations, Dr. Xiaohong Wang!

Xiaohong Wang. Photo provided by Xiaohong Wang.
Xiaohong Wang. Photo provided by Xiaohong Wang.

Xiaohong Wang successfully defended her thesis, “Reaction Dynamics and Vibrational Studies of Atmospheric Species on Potential Energy Surfaces” on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. Xiaohong’s thesis committee was led by Joel Bowman with Francesco EvangelistaJames Kindt, and Susanna Widicus Weaver as additional members. Xiaohong is also an author of a recently-published Nature Chemistry paper based on research conducted during her time at Emory.

Congratulations, Xiaohong!

Joel Bowman and Xiaohong Wang Published in Nature Chemistry

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Joel Bowman and graduate student Xiaohong Wang are authors of the article, “Unimolecular dissociation dynamics of vibrationally activated CH3CHOO Criegee intermediates to OH radical products,” which was recently published in Nature Chemistry.  The paper is the result of a collaboration with Marsha Lester’s group at Penn and explores the diurnal production of atmospheric OH–” the ‘detergent’ of the troposphere because it reacts with many pollutants” from the so-called Criegee intermediate.

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Congratulations, Dr. Hank Liu!

The Emory University Department of Chemistry congratulates Hank Liu on successfully defending his thesis, “Theoretical studies of the vibrational spectra and relaxation dynamics of ice and water.”

Dr. Liu’s committee was led by Joel Bowman with Michael Heaven and James Kindt as additional members.

Update 07/14/16: Hank is now a data scientist in the Predictive Team at Radius Intelligence in San Fransisco. Hank says: “I am working on improving our predictive model, specifically on creating new features to enhance the predictive power. The goal of our models is to predict potential customers for B2B companies.”

Alum Receives Junior Prima Prize

Dr. Gabor Czako, formerly a postdoctoral fellow in the Bowman group and currently a Research Associate at Eotvos University (Budapest), received the Junior Prima Prize, which is awarded annually to ten outstanding Hungarian scientists under age 33. He also received the Polanyi Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and gave a talk at the Academy in March 2012.

Joel Bowman Receives Herschbach Prize, Profiled by Emory Report

Joel Bowman is the recipient of the 2013 Dudley Herschbach Award in Theory. Discussing his research in a recent Emory Report profile, Bowman says:

“As we all know, clouds are essentially water in the gaseous state,” says Bowman, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Emory. “And, of course, it’s really cold at that altitude. So why do you find clouds at sub-zero temperatures? It’s an obvious but interesting question. The answer certainly has something to do with energy the cloud has absorbed from the sun and with potential energy surfaces: The delicate, attractive forces holding little water molecules together.”

[Emory Report]

Joel Bowman Elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences

Joel Bowman was elected into the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences.

The International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science was founded in Menton in 1967. The members are chosen among the scientists of all countries in the field of quantum molecular sciences. The Academy has as its main goal to provide a forum for international contact and collaboration and a periodical evaluation of the main developments, advances and promising direction of research in the broad field of its interests. One of the main initiatives of the Academy is the organization of a series of International Congresses in Quantum Chemistry, with an interval of three years. Another initiative of the Academy consists of an annual attribution of a medal to a young member of the scientific community who has distinguished himself/herself by a pioneering and important contribution.