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CHEM Welcomes Guoliang (Greg) Liu

    Greg Liu
(Sept. 15, 2014) The Department of Chemistry warmly welcomes its newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Guoliang (Greg) Liu. Greg earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Zhejiang University (P.R. China), Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Wisconsin (working with Prof. Paul Nealy), and was a postdoc at Northwestern with Prof. Chad Mirkin.  Greg’s research interests are in nanoscience, and his goal is to use inorganic nanoparticles in polymer matrices to create novel nanocomposite materials. It is envisioned that these nanocompsites will have unique properties and find application in the area of renewable energy, chemical catalysis, etc. (more on Prof. Liu)

Prof. John Matson Receives Powe Junior Faculty Award

    John Matson
(Sept. 9, 2014) Prof. John B. Matson has received a highly-competitive 2014 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. This is the third consecutive year that a Chem faculty member from VT has won the award (Tijana Grove in 2012 and Amanda Morris in 2013).  The $5,000 Powe Award, which is matched by Virginia Tech, will be used by the Matson lab to pursue new synthetic routes to bottlebrush polymers. These specialized polymers have unique mechanical properties and are currently being studied as new elastomeric materials for applications in vibration-damping materials, as well as synthetic mimics of the shock-absorbing biopolymers present in human cartilage. Through this work, the Matson lab will develop methods to simplify their synthesis through a strategy that combines two powerful polymerization catalysts. (more on Dr. Matson)

Prof. D. Crawford Featured in C&E News

    Prof. Daniel Crawford
(Sept. 2, 2014) Recent NSF-funded work by Prof. Daniel Crawford and his colleague, Dr. Benjamin Pritchard, in reducing the redundancy of developing software for quantum chemical calculations is featured in the recent issue of C&E News (8/25/14).  Crawford, Pritchard, and their collaborators from Georgia Tech (C.D. Sherrill and E. Chow) are leading “Quantum Chemistry’s Modular Movement” via their research on the PANACHE (PArallel Numerical Approximations in CHemistry Engine) library, which is designed to accelerate the writing of new code for quantum chemical calculations.  The work is also directly connected to Crawford’s NSF-supported efforts to develop a Software Institute for chemistry, materials science, and biomolecular simulation (www.s2i2.org).  Their work could enable chemists to eventually “pick and choose components when building software.”  Read the full story here.

Prof. Ed Valeev Receives Quantum Molecular Sciences Award

    Edward Valeev
(August, 2014) Prof. Edward Valeev is the 2014 recipient of the Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences (IAQMS). The Academy membership consists of some of the most important scientists in the field worldwide and has included such famous quantum theorists such as John Pople, Robert Mulliken, Louis de Broglie, Erich Hückel, Linus Pauling, and Friedrich Hund.  The Medal of the Academy is awarded annually to a "young member of the scientific community who has distinguished himself by a pioneering and important contribution.”  Valeev's selection as this year’s winner puts him in a truly elite group of scientists that includes Roald Hoffmann, Bill Miller, and more. Congratulations Prof. Valeev!

Elements Newsletter Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of Elements is available here!



Highlands in Chemistry Seminars

FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
Fridays, 2:30 PM, 140 Hahn North

September 26
Bill Miller
University of California, Berkeley

The complete Fall 2014 Highlands in Chemistry seminar schedule is available here.  



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