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Whitmore Renovations 2016 Safety Olympics Champions Gumdrop Challenge Winners Dynamic Exchange During Triplet Transport in Nanocrystalline TIPS-Pentacene Films Using electron spin resonance spectroscopy, the groups of Lear, Silakov, and Jensen demonstrate that, for thiolate-protected gold nanoparticles, the surface chemistry of the particle can be used to adjust the energetics of the electrons within the metal core.  This result has implications for groups looking to exploit nanoparticles for their unique electronic properties. JACS article. Students use the device in 423W and 425W to understand the electric fields (AC and DC voltages) required to trap ions (or, in this case, microparticles) - a core concept in mass spectrometry.
January 28th 2017 Expanding Your Horizon (EYH) STEM Career Day for Young Women was organised by Science Outreach. 2017 Open House
Congrats to the Zhang Group for winning the Gumdrop Challenge at the 2016 Departmental Holiday Reception!
Laser-illuminated 40-micron-diameter particles (lycopodium spores) trapped in a ring electrode. (Photo credit: Aigerim Galyamova and Dan Sykes)
Expanding Your Horizon (EYH) STEM Career Day for Young Women: Build Your Sci-dentity, The Mallouk Lab's 'A Slice of Light'- learning how to build a spectroscope from a pizza box and then using it to know the elements in stars.
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Alexey Silakov joins PSU Faculty

Alexey Silakov joins PSU Faculty The Chemistry Department is happy to welcome Alexey Silakov as an assistant professor of Chemistry. Before joining the faculty at Penn State he arrived here as a postdoctoral fellow. Prior to his time at Penn State Silakov was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry (currently known as MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion).In 2007 Alexey earned his Ph.D. at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf (Germany) with the thesis work performed at the Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry. In 2003 he completed his M.S. at the Kazan State University (Russia). Silakov has been awarded the 2011 John Weil Young Investigation Award by the International EPR society.

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