This month, Materials 360 featured a discussion on our recent publication in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. on the computational design of organic solar cells.
The discussion can be found here.
Congratulations to graduate student, Xinfeng Quan, who ran the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 12, 2013. He completed the race in 3 hours and 34 minutes, for an average of 8:11 minutes/mile.
Well done, Xinfeng!
Many congratulations to Dr. Andrey Sharapov! Andrey defended his dissertation “Fast Treatment Of Pi-Stacking Using Density Functional Theory” in physics on April 8th. His dissertation involved the use of the Harris approximation in DFT for predicting pi stacking geometries in conjugated molecules, with a speed up of 10-20x over conventional methods. Congrats Andrey!
Ilana Y Kanal , Steven G Owens , Jonathon S Bechtel , and Geoffrey R Hutchison. “Efficient Computational Screening of Organic Polymer Photovoltaics” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2013 (Just Accepted Perspective) Online. The supplemental information can be downloaded here: Kanal SI.
For Ten Hundred Words of Science: Explaining Complex Science in Plain English.
We make tiny things which make power from the sun and other tiny things which make power from moving. Both can help power the world.
We think hard about how matter really works and how tiny things can come together to make a whole. We try to understand how power moves through stuff. By asking how these tiny things work, and come together to form a whole, we can make them work better. So using what we learn, we make new things.
Part of our job is also to help other people to learn about these things, and how to ask and answer new questions.