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, 4 (10), pp 1613–1623. 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.
Benjamin N. Norris, Shaopeng Zhang, Casey M. Campbell, Jeffrey T. Auletta, Percy Calvo-Marzal, Geoffrey R. Hutchison, Tara Y. Meyer. “Modulating Electronic and Optical Properties of Conjugated Oligomers via Tailored Sequence” Macromolecules 2013 46(4) 1384–1392. Online. The supplemental info is available here: Norris SI.