Structure And Dynamics Of Weakly Interacting Species

Currently working on this project: Will Cleek and Cassie Ward

Techniques: 2PA and pump-probe

Another area of study examines weak interactions between molecules in solution and seeks to understand how solvent-solute interactions affect the energy and geometry of the interactions. We are also interested in learning more about halogen bonding interactions. These halogen interactions, which typically are intermediate in strength between van der Waals forces and hydrogen-bonds, are important for controlled crystallization of new materials, supramolecular chemistry, and numerous biological systems. We are investigating the dynamics of several different halogen-bonding complexes using two-photon absorption spectroscopy. These electrostatic attractions play a role in molecular recognition and binding, as well as substrate specificity and binding, effects that could potentially be exploited in the manufacturing of new pharmaceuticals.


Elles Group Highlights
  • A paper involving our collaboration with the Boskovic group is published in JOC (a new journal for this group!).
  • Visiting student Jamie Somers joins the group from Dublin City University for summer research. Welcome!
  • Our group is awarded beam time for ultrafast x-ray experiments at the LCLS in August.
  • Kristen wins the Takeru and Aya Higuchi Graduate Scholarship in Physical Chemistry. Great work, Kristen!
  • PJ wins the Cornelius McCollum Scholarship. Nice work, PJ!
  • Jessica and Rob earn departmental awards, great job!
  • Jessica presents a research poster for the Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Symposium.
  • Jessica Bair will attend graduate school at Chalmers University in Sweden. Good luck, Jessica!
  • Rob Castaneda will attend graduate school at the Univeristy of North Carolina. Good luck, Rob!
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