Michael Neal Sullivan successfully defended his dissertation, “Electronic Spectroscopy of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Group IIA Metallic Oxides ” on Monday, April 10th, 2017. Michael’s committee was led by Michael C. Heaven with Tim Lian and Susanna Widicus Weaver as additional members.
During his time at Emory, Michael received the 2012 Outstanding TA Award for his work in physical chemistry lab. He also completed two internships (summer 2013 and 2014) at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Albuquerque, NM.
Next up, Michael will start a postdoctoral position with Dr. Lei Zhu at the New York Dept. of Health, Wadsworth Center in Albany, NY at the end of June.
Yang Liu successfully defended his thesis, “Developing Nanoparticle-based Tools to Investigate Mechanotransduction at the Living/Nonliving Interface” on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. Yang’s thesis committee was led by Khalid Salaita with Vince Conticello and Tianquan Lian as additional members. Yang receive the 2016 Quayle Outstanding Student Award in recognition of his work at Emory. After graduation, Yang will be a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Dr. Taekjip Ha at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, MD.
Weiwei Guo successfully defended her thesis, “Polyoxometalate-based catalysts for toxic compound decontamination” on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016. Weiwei’s thesis committee was led by Craig Hill with Tim Lian and Chris Scarborough as additional members.
Weiwei is first author of the recently published “Broad-Spectrum Liquid- and Gas-Phase Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agents by One-Dimensional Heteropolyniobates” in Angewandte Chemie.
Dongmei Xiang successfully defended her thesis, “CO2 reduction catalyzed by mercaptopteridine” on Monday, April 11th, 2016. Dongmei’s thesis committee was led by Brian Dyer with Craig Hill and Tim Lian as additional members.
Elliot Glass successfully defended his thesis, “Charge Separation in Polyoxometalate-Based Systems for Solar Energy Production” on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016. Elliot’s thesis committee was led by Craig Hill with Tim Lian and Christopher Scarborough as additional members. Elliot plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship.
Tim Lian is featured in a recent Chemical and Engineering News article, “Success of Climate Change Deal Will Hinge on Chemistry” (subscriber access; Emory users can access via Woodruff Online Journals). The article highlights the key role of chemistry in the climate change talks in Paris in December. Dr. Lian’s research into light-driven charge transfer for solar energy conversion is highlighted.
Congratulations to Tim Lian for being elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers.
Tim Lian’s solar energy research is profiled in the WSB-TV story “New discovery could lead to water-powered cars.” Several of his research students are also visible in the clip. Congratulations, Tim! [Full Story]
Tim Lian‘s energy research is the subject of a recent profile by Emory News Center and Emory’s eScience Commons, “Chemists find new way to do light-driven reactions in solar energy quest.” [Full Article]