Farewell, Wenkel

Today, the Li group says farewell to Dr. Wenkel Liang, who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled “From Geometry Optimization to Time Dependent Molecular Structure Modeling: Method Developments, ab initio Theory and Applications” last month. Wenkel joined the research group in 2004 and has worked on numerous application and development projects resulting in 18 publications . . .

Joseph’s paper on ferromagnetism in p-type Mn:ZnO quantum dots was accepted

Joseph May and Ryan McMorris’ paper, “Ferromagnetism in p-Type Manganese-Doped ZnO Quantum Dots”, which describes how nitrogen dopants affect the magnetic ordering of manganese unpaired spins in zinc oxide quantum dots, was just accepted into the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. The “Just Accepted Manuscript” is available here.

Christine Isborn to be an assistant professor at UC Merced

Congratulations to former graduate student Christine Isborn who will start as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Merced. Christine graduated with her Ph.D. from the group in May of 2009. Most recently, Christine has been a postdoctoral researcher for Todd Martinez at Stanford University. Christine is Xiaosong’s first student to graduate . . .

Wenkel successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to the newly-minted Dr. Wenkel Liang who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled “From Geometry Optimization to Time Dependent Molecular Structure Modeling: Method Developments, ab initio Theory and Applications”. Wenkel will continue with his work in the group for the remainder while he considers job prospects in industry.

Bo’s paper on Auger de-excitation in quantum dots accepted

Bo Peng’s paper, “Theoretical Evaluation of Spin-Dependent Auger De-Excitation in Mn2+-Doped Semiconductor Nanocrystals,” which describes Auger de-excitation process in Mn2+-doped CdS quantum dots, was just accepted into the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. The “Just Accepted Manuscript” is available here.

Jane wins the Dean’s Medal

Jane Hung, an undergraduate researcher in the Li group, has won the very prestigious Arts and Science’s Dean’s Medal for the Natural Sciences. Congratulations Jane!

Ryan wins a Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Ryan McMorris, an undergraduate researcher in the Li group, won a very competitive Mary Gates Research Scholarship. The scholarship is “intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty.” The scholarship provides students with financial support of $4000 over two quarters. . . .