On October 20th, Dr. Hutchison gave a departmental seminar at the University of Buffalo.
Science 2010 was the tenth annual celebration of science and technology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Hutchison participated in a spotlight session titled “Material Related to Energy.” His talk, Next Generation Solar Cells: Faster, Cheaper, Better, outlined the group’s developing research project on the development of the organic solar cells of the future, combining research and theory to push solar energy to the forefront of commercial energy solutions.
This week, Dr. Hutchison gave a talk in the Department of Physics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
This past week, the group presented two posters at the Gordon Research Conference. The topic was Electron Donor Acceptor Interactions.
Gordon conferences “provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, and their related technologies.”
Undergraduate Bryan Siegfried has joined the group to work on phthalocyanine synthesis and characterization for the designer defects project.
Congratulations to Tamika Madison on winning a Safford Award for Excellence as a Graduate Student Teacher!
Tamika has taught numerous classes on the undergraduate level, including general chemistry, organic chemistry, and introductory chemistry. She continues to teach at present and succeeds in demonstrating teaching excellence on a daily basis.
Dr. Hutchison and Tamika Madison just returned from attending the spring American Chemical Society Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
At Science 2009 (Unplugged), Dr. Hutchison was asked to give a talk about the rational design of electronic materials from the ground up. During the talk, he highlighted the group’s research methodology of first systematically screening conducting polymers for their potential use in electronic materials, then approaching the molecule synthetically to determine the feasibility of its creation and use in certain materials.
Dr. Hutchison just attended the Spring American Physical Society Meeting, during which, he was the chair of a focus session on nanomaterials for energy applications.
The American Chemical Society has awarded the Hutchison research group a grant through the Petroleum Research Fund.
These awards are given to groups pursuing research in the petroleum field, specifically in chemistry, earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields like polymer and materials science.