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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 O'Brien Priestly Prize Showalter Group Walk for United Way 2017
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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Tapas Mal joins Chemistry Department as NMR Facility Director

Tapas Mal joins Chemistry Department as NMR Facility Director The Chemistry Department is very pleased to welcome Tapas Mal as the new NMR Facility Director. Tapas most recently came from Ohio State University where he played an integral part in their massive improvement of the NMR facilities as the Associate Director of the Campus Chemical Instrument Center. Tapas also has extensive industrial experience from his time at Pfizer, Wyeth and AstraZeneca. Tapas received his D. Phil. in 1998 from the University of Oxford designing and implementing NMR strategies to study hydrogen bonding in proteins, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ontario Cancer Institute, where he continued developing NMR strategies to study biologically important proteins. Tapas brings a wealth of NMR experience ranging in applications in chemistry, biology, food science, geology, medical sciences and micro imaging. Under Tapas' leadership, the NMR facility will continue to improve and expand its capabilities.


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