September marked a major milestone: Mike Wasielewski’s 70th Birthday Symposium. Dubbed “Wazapalooza”, guests and friends celebrated Mike Wasielewski’s contributions to science, in tandem with an upcoming Festchrift from Chemical Science in his honor. Featured speakers include Dirk Guldi (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg, Atsuhiro Osuka (Kyoto University), and Hiroko Yamada (Nara Institute of Science and Technology). More information on the event is available on our website, www.wazapalooza2019.com, which includes photos and videos from the event.
Goodbye to the J’s
A final farewell to this years’ fifth years, Drs. Jenna Logsdon, Joseph Christensen and Jordan Nelson, whom successfully defended their dissertations. See you at Wazapalooza!
Youn Jue “Eunice” Bae Named Ryan Fellow
Congratulations to Eunice for being named as a Ryan Fellow! The Ryan Fellowship is one of the most prestigious and competitive fellowships at Northwestern. Due to her research interests, strong background, and exceptional promise as a scholar, she was one of a select group of graduate students who have been offered this prestigious award. Congratulations on this important honor!
Mike’s 70th Birthday
Happy Birthday, Mike! The group celebrated Mike’s official 70th birthday this month with a small celebration. Looking forward to Wazapalooza, coming soon in September! The Wasielewski research team will be celebrating this major milestone with a Symposium in Prof. Wasielewski’s honor to his many contributions to the scientific community. To learn more, visit www.wazapalooza2019.com.
Youn Jue “Eunice” Bae and Michelle Chen Selected for Fellowship
Two Wasielewski group members–Eunice and Michelle–are the recipients of the 2019 Robert L. Burwell, Jr. Summer Scholar (“Burwell Summer Scholar”). The Burwell Summer Scholar award, so named for one of the most distinguished Physical Chemistry faculty who served in the department for over 40 years (1939-1980), recognizes and rewards excellence in physical chemistry. Congratulations, Eunice and Michelle!
Brandon Rugg’s Thesis Defense
Congratulations, Dr. Rugg! Brandon’s thesis, “Quantum Teleportation via Electron Transfer in a Molecular System”, was successfully defended on March 25th. Check back here for some exciting news of what’s to come for Dr. Rugg.
The inaugural Waz Group Pi Day took place on, naturally, 3.14. Winners included Natalia Powers-Riggs for “Prettiest Pie” for her blueberry pie, and a double win for Joe Christensen for “Most Creative”–a sour cream & raisin pie–and best in show for his key lime with pretzel crust pie.
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Phelan, who successfully defended this December. His dissertation, titled, “Excited-State Processes in Covalent Dimers Investigated with Time-Resolved Electronic and Vibrational Spectroscopy” earned him his doctorate. We wish him well in his next adventure, a postdoctoral position at Argonne.
Season’s greetings from all of us in the Wasielewski group.
The whole Wasielewski group got together to celebrate Yi-Lin Wu, Research Associate Professor who had been with the group since 2012. Thank you for your many years of hard work and guidance, Yi-Lin, you will be missed!
Welcome First Years!
Welcome to our new Wasielewski group first years! From left to right: Fangbai Xie, Jillian Bradley, Emmaline Lorenzo, Jeremy Fisher and Chenjian Lin.
Open House 2018
Thanks to all that joined the Wasielewski open house that took place on Friday, October 5th. It was great to meet so many of our new first years and talk about our group’s research. Thanks to first years Jon Schultz, Laura Bancroft, and Haochaun Mao for all their efforts in organizing the event.
Professor Wasielewski Awarded the 2018 IES Silver Medal in Chemistry
(Left to right): Prof. Aharon Blank, Technion, Israel; Prof. Thomas Prisner, J. W. Goethe University of Frankfurt, Prof. Wasielewski, Northwestern University; and Prof. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara. The International EPR/ESR Society honored Professor Michael R. Wasielewski with the 2018 IES Silver Medal in Chemistry at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, on Wednesday, September 26. The IES Silver Medal recognizes Professor Wasielewski for his many and outstanding contributions to chemistry, particularly spin chemistry studies and molecular spintronics using EPR spectroscopy. Professor Wasielewski has applied modern time-resolved EPR spectroscopy relevant to magnetic field effects to chemistry and related fields, and contributed to understanding electron transfer reactions in problems ranging from biomimetic models for the photosynthetic reaction center to fundamental approaches in molecular electronics and spintronics. He developed the first molecular systems to successfully mimic many of the key spin properties of photo-generated paramagnetic states in photosynthetic reaction centers, and he has shown how covalent donor-acceptor systems can be used to understand spin-correlated radical ion pairs and the triplet states that result from their recombination. His pioneering work in the field of molecular spintronics has used these phenomena to develop molecular systems which provide fundamental insights into the multi-spin interactions necessary to manipulate some aspects of quantum information.
The group enjoyed the annual Wasielewski Group Summer BBQ on campus, despite the rainy day. Thanks to Art Camire and Spectra-Physics for sponsoring the event, and thanks to our first years, Jon Schultz, Laura Bancroft and Haochaun Mao for organizing the event.
Gordon Research Conference in Newport, Rhode Island
Wasielewski group members past and present attended the Gordon Research Conference (Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions) in Newport, RI this summer.
Group Member Wins Edmund W. Gelewitz Award
Group member and Phi Lambda Upsilon (“PLU”) President Jenna Jenna Logsdon is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student for the Edmund W. Gelewitz award, for her excellence in research in the Northwestern Chemistry department and the greater chemical community. Outstanding work!
Group Productivity Down 72% As “May Day Mystery” Continues
EVANSTON, IL. The research group “Wasielewski Group” of Northwestern University is baffled as the “May Day Mystery” stretches on with no suspects and no leads at this time.
Group Member Awarded Multiple Fellowships
Congratulations to Jordan Nelson (left) who has been named both a Graduate Teaching Fellow with the Searle Center for Advanced Learning & Teaching (2017-2018) as well as a Data Science Fellow for the Integrated Data-Driven Discover in Earth & Astrophysical Sciences (“IDEAS“) NSF Traineeship program (2018-2019).
Group Member Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Congratulations to Samantha Harvey (left) who received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!
Professor Wasielewski receives the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Physical Organic Chemistry Award The Royal Society of Chemistry announced on May 9, 2017 that Professor Wasielewski has been selected to receive the RSC 2017 Physical Organic Chemistry Award. This award recognizes his pioneering contributions to understanding electron transfer reactions and their dependence on molecular structure and spin dynamics in organic molecules. Professor Wasielewski will travel to the UK during the 2017-18 academic year to give a series of lectures in connection with this award. More
ISEN Announces $5.5 Million Gift: Creates Ubben Program for Climate and Carbon Science Northwestern University trustee and alumnus Jeff Ubben ’87 MBA and his wife, Laurie, have made a $5.5 million gift to the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). Addressing a key University priority, the gift will establish the Ubben Program for Climate and Carbon Science to improve understanding of global climate system dynamics and evaluate low- and zero-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. “The Ubben Program for Climate and Carbon Science will leverage Northwestern’s strengths in climate science and clean-energy innovation, as well as ISEN’s interdisciplinary approach to addressing global sustainability and energy challenges,” said Michael R. Wasielewski, ISEN’s executive director and the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. “The program will increase our understanding of these critical problems and provide novel solutions to benefit society.” More
The Wasielewski Group Holiday Party – December 2016
The Wasielewski Group Summer Barbeque was held on August 19 at the Wasielewski home. Many thanks to Art Camire and Spectra-Physics for sponsoring the event and to Michelle Chen, Natalia Powers-Riggs, and Adam Coleman for organizing the barbecue!
Ten members of the Wasielewski Group attended the Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions in Newport, RI during the first week of August. The science at the conference was better than ever! We had our traditional group lunch with 8 members of Leif Hammarström’s group from Uppsala University and later in the week the Wasielewski Group enjoyed an afternoon kayaking together on Narragansett Sound.
Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Kamire, who successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on July 29! Rebecca’s thesis focused on preparing and characterizing new photoanodes and photocathodes for solar water splitting and hydrogen formation.
Congratulations to Dr. Eric Margulies, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on July 22! Eric’s thesis was based on studies of singlet exciton fission in molecular solids that hold promise to increase the efficiency of solar cells.
Michael R. Wasielewski Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Michael R. Wasielewski, the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry in Weinberg and executive director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. He has pioneered new approaches to solar energy conversion with his research on light-driven charge transport in molecules and nanoscale materials. Members of the 236th class will be inducted at an Oct. 8 ceremony at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
September Professor Wasielewski selected to receive the Chemical Pioneer Award from AIC Professor Michael Wasielewski has been selected to receive the 2016 Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists for “his pioneering contributions to understanding the fundamental relationship between molecular structure and the dynamics of electron transfer between organic molecules.”
April Kristen Brown Wins the 2015 Hoffman Award Kristen has won the 2015 Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Graduate Research by IOTA SIGMA PI, a national honor society for women in chemistry. Congratulations Kristen!
February Wasielewski named Honda-Fujishima Award winner by JPA Professor Michael Wasielewski has received the 2015 Honda-Fujishima Award of the Japanese Photochemistry Association for his work in photochemical systems for solar energy conversion.
Welcome First Years! Four new graduate students have officially joined the Wasielewski group this fall. They are Joe Christensen, Jenna Logsdon, Jordan Nelson, and Claire Miller. A warm Waz welcome to you all!
Yilei Wu Named a Ryan Fellow at NU Due to his research interests, strong background, and exceptional promise as a scholar, graduate student Yilei Wu has been name Ryan Fellow. The fellowship program provides students from a variety of fields with the education and experience to assume leadership roles in academia and industry in the realm of nano-science and technology. Congrats. Yilei!
The Donor-Acceptor Tradition Continues! In early August, four graduate students (Noah Horwitz, Rita Cook, Patrick Hatnett, and Kristen Brown) two postdocs (Marek Majewski and Vladimir Roznyatovskiy) and two research professors (Yi-Lin Wu and Ryan Young) traveled to Newport, RI, to present their latest research at the Gordon Research Conference and Seminar (GRC and GRS) on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions. The team was among twelve current group members and alumni; a record number! July Noah Horwitz Wins Best Student Poster at RMCMR Noah was one of three to win a Best Graduate poster prize at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance in the EPR section.
Kristen Brown Wins the 2014 Presidential Fellowship Kristen is awarded Northwestern’s Presidential Fellowship as an individuals who combines outstanding intellectual or creative ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of the Society of Fellows. 2013 October Prof. Wasielewski Name Executive Director of the New ISEN Professor Michael R. Wasielewski has accepted the position of executive director of ISEN, effective October 1. ISEN, established five years ago as an Initiative, is now the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern. Read More
Congratulations, Dr. Veldkamp! Brad V. successfully defended his thesis on November 15th. We wish him all the best in his new career. Congrats, Brad!
Sam Eaton selected as a Burwell Summer Scholar Waz Group grad student Sam Eaton, has been selected as a Robert L. Burwell Summer Scholar for 2013. Named for one of NU’s most distinguished Physical Chemistry faculty who served in the department for over 40 years. The scholarship recognizes Sam for his excellence in physical chemistry. Congratulations, Sam!
Katie Mauck Receives 2013 NSF Fellowship First year, Katie Mauck, was one of ten Northwestern Chemistry students to win the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations, Katie!
Prof. Wasielewski Receives Humboldt Research Award Professor Michael R. Wasielewski has been named a 2013 recipient of a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights that have had a significant impact on their own discipline to date and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.
Congratulations, Dr. Michael Vagnini! Mike V. successfully defended his thesis on February 20th. We thank him for all of his dedication and hard work for the group, the ANSER Center, and the Department. Without question his good nature and positivity will serve him well in his new career at Dow Chemical. Congrats, Mike!
First Years Have Arrived Four new graduate students have officially joined the Wasielewski group this fall. They are Katie Mauck (with us since the summer), Brandon Rugg, Matt Paquette, and Yi Lei Wu. A hearty Waz welcome to you all!
October Seeking the BEST In early October, graduate student Mike Vagnini attended the Dow Chemical BEST Symposium as one of 27 attendees selected from across the country. BEST — which stands for Building Engineering and Science Talent — introduces doctoral and postdoctoral scientists from underrepresented minority groups to the wide range of careers in industrial research, as well as equips them with skills in project management and in communicating research.
The Donor-Acceptor Tradition Continues! In early August, four graduate students — Kristen Brown, Dan Gardner, Leah Shoer, and Mike Vagnini — traveled to Newport, RI, to present their latest research at the Gordon Research Conference and Seminar (GRC and GRS) on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions. Kristen gave one of the ten featured research talks at the GRS, and the team was among eleven Wasielewski Group students and alumni at this biennial event!
First Years Arriving This fall the newest corhort of chemistry students will be joining the department. The Waz Group has already had the pleasure of Katie Mauck an incoming first year who has worked with us over the summer.
Noah Horwitz and Rita Cook Receive DOE Fellowship First year, Noah Horwitz, and second year, Rita Cook both received the Department of Energy’s Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations, Noah and Rita! The Group Welcomes New Postdoc Ann Woys The group would like to welcome Dr. Ann Marie Woys who joins us after completing her PhD at UofW Madison.
Noah Horwitz Receives 2012 NSF Fellowship First year, Noah Horwitz, was one of twelve Northwestern Chemistry students to win the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations, Noah!
February The Group Welcomes New Postdoc Ryan Young The group continues to grow as it welcomes Dr. Ryan Young who joins us after his most recent stint at UofC Berkeley Chemistry.
Welcome First Years! It’s official. Four first year graduate students are now part of the Waz Group. We welcome Eric, Noah, Rebecca, and Patrick into the fold.
The More Postdocs the Merrier! Three more Postdocs join the Waz Crew. We welcome Dr. Lukas Kobr, Dr. Won-Sik Han, and Dr. Vladimir Roznyatovskiy.
Hooray for Vickie G, Mike C, & Sheela! Vickie Gunderson successfully defended her thesis August 17th, followed by Michael Colvin on August 24th and Sheela Ramanan September 12th. We wish them the best of luck and cheer their success. Professor Michael R. Wasielewski wins the 2012 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society for discovering fundamental insights into the relationship between organic supramolecular structure and the dynamics of energy and electron transfer.
Welcome New Postdoc & Visiting Scholar The group would like to give a warm welcome to Greg Kusmanich and Matthias Wenninger who joined the group this month. –August 2011
Outstanding! PLU awarded Fourth-year Mike Vagnini the Gelewitz Outstanding Graduate Student Award for his service to the department and community, as well as research progress.
Kristen Brown Receives Teaching Award. For Excellence in 200-Level Teaching for undergraduate organic lab, First-year Kristen Brown received the Allen S. Hussey Award for Excellence. New Zero Years. The Group is happy to welcome three new graduate students to the university. David Weinberg, Eric Margulies, and Noah Horowitz begin their graduate careers by working with the Wasielewski Group for the summer.
Investiture Celebration honoring Prof. Wasielewski and two other faculty for their endowed chairs Friday, January 14th, 2011. Wasielewski Journal of Physical Chemistry Festschrift issue published. See the issue… Professor Wasielewski named Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry Recent Research on Artificial Photosynthesis featured in the Accounts of Chemical Research [raw][/raw]