Paula wins an Honorable Mention for the NSF GRF

This Spring, Paula was awarded and Honorable Mention for her application to the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. This program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported sciences.

With the competitiveness of the program, an Honorable Mention is a nice achievement. Congratulations Paula!

Terry Wins the American Institue of Chemists Award

This Spring, undergraduate researcher Terry Paske was awarded the American Institute of Chemists Award.  Nominated and chosen by faculty members, the AIC seeks to recognize demonstrated ability, leadership, and promise in outstanding Seniors studying chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering.

This is an outstanding achievement- congratulations Terry!

Chris Marvin and Ilana Kanal Join

This February, graduate students Christopher Marvin and Ilana Kanal joined the Hutchison group.

Chris comes to us from South Carolina and will be working on the piezoelectric project.  Ilana has lived in Pittsburgh for awhile with her husband and four children and will work on computational projects in the group.

Welcome Ilana and Chris!

CRDF Seed Fund Awarded

The Hutchison Research Group has been awarded a Central Research Development Fund (CRDF) Seed Grant.

The purpose of these grants is “to enhance opportunities for faculty, especially junior faculty, at the University of Pittsburgh to engage in high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. The program is intended to provide funding support that cannot be obtained from other sources.”

Leah, Evan, and Bryan Graduate

Congratulations to undergraduate researchers Leah Seebald, Evan Richards, and Bryan Siegfried for graduating this spring!

Leah, having worked on theoretical and computational projects in the group, is moving on to a job with RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc.

Evan worked on pthalocyanine synthesis and will soon begin working for Sonneborn Industries on analytical methods.

Bryan worked primarily with the development of phalocyanine derivative synthetic methods and plans to work in chemical or bioscience industry.


Paula Hoffmann and Steven Owens Join

This Spring, graduate students Paula Hoffmann and Steven Owens joined the group.

Steven will work on the organic solar cell project with a specialization in thiophenes, and Paula will begin with electronic Atomic Force Microscopy and other characterization techniques.

Welcome, Paula and Steven!

Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Workshop

On November 14th-16th, Dr. Hutchison spoke at the fall Simulation Workshop at the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF).

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together leading figures in nanoscience and materials simulation in order to facilitate the sharing of theoretical data in a world-wide setting.  The group sought to create an international “cyber infrastructure” through which researchers could easily connect simulation results and publications.  Dr. Hutchison contributed talks on his development of Avogadro and Open Babel, both of which have made a large contribution to furthering the goals of the workshop.