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May 2017

Graduate Student Sangavi Pari receives an SWE-OC Scholarship Award. The The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Graduate Student Sangavi Pari has been awarded an SWE-OC Scholarship. Congratulations Sangavi!

April 2017

Undergraduate students Eric Shang and Crystal Xiao join the Wong group. Welcome Eric and Crystal!

March 2017

Paper featured on the front cover of Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. Our paper in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts is featured as the cover picture for the March 2017 themed collection on QSARs and Computational Chemistry Methods in Environmental Chemical Sciences of Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts (Issue 3) and can be read here. Congratulations Sangavi and Inger!

Paper published in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation! The paper is entitled “Accurate Electron Affinities and Orbital Energies of Anions from a Non-Empirically Tuned Range-Separated DFT Approach” and can be read here. Congratulations Lindsey and Belén!

Prof. Wong acknowledged as a reviewer for PLOS Computational Biology. Prof. Wong has been acknowledged by the editors of PLOS Computational Biology for his service as a reviewer for PLOS Computational Biology in 2016.

February 2017

Paper published in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. Our work has just been accepted in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts! The paper is entitled “Sulfate Radical Oxidation of Aromatic Contaminants: A Detailed Assessment of Density Functional Theory and High-Level Quantum Chemical Methods” and can be read here. Congratulations Sangavi and Inger!

Graduate student Anshuman Kumar joins the Wong group. Anshuman joins us from the University of California, Riverside. Welcome, Anshuman!

January 2017

Paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Our collaborative work with the Mangolini Group at UC Riverside has just been accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! The paper is entitled “A Non-Thermal Plasma Route to Plasmonic TiN Nanoparticles” and can be read here. Congratulations Niranjan!

Graduate student Lihua Xu joins the Wong group. Lihua joins us from the University of Akron. Welcome, Lihua!

December 2016

Paper published in Advanced Materials. Our collaborative work with the Wang Group at UC Riverside and the Keplinger Group at the University of Colorado Boulder has just been accepted in Advanced Materials! The paper is entitled “A Transparent, Self-Healing, Highly Stretchable Ionic Conductor” and can be read here. Congratulations Sarah!

Paper published in ACS Omega. Our collaborative work with the Chan Group at the University of Ottawa has just been accepted in ACS Omega! The paper is entitled “Sultam-Based Hetero[5]helicene: Synthesis, Structure, and Crystallization-Induced Emission Enhancement” and can be read here. Congratulations Niranjan!

100th paper published in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Our 100th paper has just been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Physics! The paper is entitled “Electric Potential Invariants and Ions-in-Molecules Effective Potentials for Molecular Rydberg States” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

November 2016

Paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! The paper is entitled “Chemical and Radiation Stability of Ionic Liquids: A Computational Screening Study” and can be read here. Congratulations Niranjan!

Paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters! The paper is entitled “Inconsistencies in the Electronic Properties of Phosphorene Nanotubes: New Insights from Large-Scale DFT Calculations” and can be read here. Congratulations Sarah!

October 2016

Prof. Wong receives 622,275 supercomputer hours from the National Science Foundation. The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), supported by the National Science Foundation, is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. The Wong Group has received computing time to use the Comet supercomputer at The University of California, San Diego.

Postdoctoral associate Fredy W. Aquino joins the Wong group. Fredy joins us from Johns Hopkins University. Welcome Fredy!

Undergraduate student Ena Mikic joins the Wong group. Welcome Ena!

September 2016

Book chapter published in Multiscale Materials Modeling for Nanomechanics. Our work has just been accepted in Multiscale Materials Modeling for Nanomechanics! The book chapter is entitled “Density Functional Theory Methods for Computing and Predicting Mechanical Properties.” and can be read here. Congratulations Niranjan and Marc!

August 2016

Paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! The paper is entitled “Structural and Electronic Properties of Graphdiyne Carbon Nanotubes from Large-Scale DFT Calculations” and can be read here. Congratulations Sangavi and Abigail!

July 2016

Prof. Wong receives funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of the Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics (PRM) program within the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to advance fundamental engineering research on the rates and mechanisms of important classes of catalyzed and uncatalyzed chemical reactions as they relate to the design, production, and application of catalysts, chemical processes, biochemical processes, and specialized materials that have important impacts on society. Our proposal with the Guo Group is entitled “Dynamics of Solvation Effects on Lithium-Sulfur Electrochemical Processes in Sub-Nano Confinement,” and the award abstract can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation! The paper is entitled “Polarizabilities of π-Conjugated Chains Revisited: Improved Results from Broken-Symmetry Range-Separated DFT and New CCSD(T) Benchmarks” and can be read here. Congratulations Belén and Niranjan!

June 2016

Prof. Wong receives a 2016 Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award. The Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program, now in its seventh year, supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Our proposal is entitled “Non-Empirical and Self-Interaction Corrections for DFTB: Towards Accurate Quantum Simulations for Large Mesoscale Systems,” and the full press release can be read here. Congratulations Prof. Wong!

Paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters! The paper is entitled “Unusual Bandgap Oscillations in Template-Directed π-Conjugated Porphyrin Nanotubes” and can be read here. Congratulations Sarah and Niranjan!

Prof. Wong receives support from NVIDIA Corporation. The NVIDIA Academic Hardware Grant Program provides small “seeding” gifts intended to enable researchers to begin a new project and gain the preliminary results to support a larger proposal to other funding agencies. NVIDIA Corporation will be supporting our work with the donation of a Tesla K40 GPU to our group. Our proposal is entitled “GPU-Enhanced Simulations of Energy-Efficient Light-Harvesting Systems.” Congratulations to everyone!

Prof. Wong appointed as the Graduate Advisor for the Materials Science & Engineering Program. Prof. Wong has been appointed as the Graduate Advisor for UC Riverside’s Materials Science & Engineering Program. Established in 2007 with the Undergraduate (B.S.) degree followed with the Graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degree in 2010, UC Riverside’s Materials Science & Engineering Program has rapidly gained recognition and was recently ranked #48 in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report ranking of the Best Materials Engineering Graduate Programs in the country.

May 2016

Prof. Wong receives funding from the UC Riverside Collaborative Seed Grant Program. The UC Riverside Collaborative Seed Grant Program provides internal funding for UC Riverside faculty teams to collaborate and publish in advance of proposing multi-investigator projects and centers to external agencies. Serving as a catalyst for UC Riverside faculty to form new teams, the seed grant program is intended to initiate new intellectual directions for faculty and to make UC Riverside more competitive for multidisciplinary grants. Our proposal is entitled “New Computational Methods for Addressing Complex, Mesoscale Polymer Systems.” Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Physics! The paper is entitled “Large-Scale Atomistic Simulations of Helium-3 Bubble Growth in Complex Palladium Alloys” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

April 2016

Paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Our collaborative work with the Jasti Group at the University of Oregon has just been accepted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society! The paper is entitled “Iterative Reductive Aromatization/Ring-Closing Metathesis Strategy Towards the Synthesis of Strained Aromatic Belts” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

March 2016

Paper featured as the 1000th Publication Resulting from UC Berkeley’s Molecular Foundry Support. On March 24, 2016, UC Berkeley’s Molecular Foundry celebrated the 10th anniversary of the dedication of its iconic building with a full day scientific symposium and dinner event. Our paper in Macromolecular Rapid Communications was highlighted as one of the user facility’s major milestones as “the 1000th paper resulting from Molecular Foundry support.”

Paper published in Organic Letters. Our collaborative work with the Jasti Group at the University of Oregon has just been accepted in Organic Letters! The paper is entitled “Investigating the Reactivity of 1,4-Anthracene-Incorporated Cycloparaphenylene” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

February 2016

Prof. Wong appointed as an Associate Editor for RSC Advances. Prof. Wong has been appointed as an Associate Editor for RSC Advances. RSC Advances is an international, peer-reviewed journal covering all of the chemical sciences, including multidisciplinary and emerging areas. From 2016 onward, RSC Advances will be transitioning to a new peer review process where all submissions will be handled by an international team of associate editors with representation from across all areas of the chemical sciences.

Paper published in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation! The paper is entitled “Real-Time Quantum Dynamics Reveals Complex, Many-Body Interactions in Solvated Nanodroplets” and can be read here. Congratulations Belén!

January 2016

Prof. Wong acknowledged as a top reviewer for the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. In the 2nd year in a row, Prof. Wong has been acknowledged by the editors of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters as one of their most valued reviewers “among the top 5% in terms of number of papers reviewed and timeliness of reviews.”

Prof. Wong participates in the UC Mesoscale Materials Science Meeting. Prof. Wong will be participating in an invitation only UC-wide meeting exploring the frontiers of mesoscale science, which will be held at the National Academy of Sciences’ Beckman Center in Irvine, CA on January 28-29, 2016. The objective of the event is to bring together leading researchers from the UC Campuses and UC-managed National Laboratories to explore collaborative opportunities of mutual interest spanning the breadth of mesoscale science. The University of California Mesoscale Materials Meeting will explore scientific frontiers and identify research directions from among the assembled researchers and seek to identify research modalities (small teams, collaborative centers, user facility access) to accelerate these advances. In particular the workshop intends to foster campus-campus and campus-laboratory interactions that will take existing efforts to the next level and position teams to compete for extramural funding. The outcome of the workshop will be documented in a white paper and briefing materials to be made available to UCOP leadership.

December 2015

Paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Our collaborative work with the Haddon Group at UC Riverside has just been accepted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society! The paper is entitled “Giant Raman Response to the Encapsulation of Sulfur in Narrow Diameter Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes” and can be read here. Congratulations Belén!

Prof. Wong gives 2 presentations at the Pacifichem 2015 Conference. Prof. Wong will be giving 2 presentations at the Pacifichem 2015 Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 1st presentation is entitled “Charge-Transfer Dynamics of Light-Harvesting Systems in Complex Solvated Environments” to be given in PHYS: Recent Progress in Molecular Theory for Excited-State Electronic Structure and Dynamics. The 2nd presentation is entitled “Unusual Nanoscale Electronic Effects in Heterojunction Nanowires” to be given in MTLS: Nanowires: Synthesis, Fundamental Properties and Novel Device Applications.

Graduate student Sangavi Pari joins the Wong group. Sangavi joins us from UCLA. Welcome, Sangavi!

Graduate student Lindsey Anderson joins the Wong group. Lindsey joins us from the University of Redlands. Welcome, Lindsey!

Graduate student Sarah Allec joins the Wong group. Sarah joins us from the University of California, Riverside. Welcome, Sarah!

November 2015

Paper featured on the front cover of Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics. Our paper in the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics is featured as the cover picture for the November 2015 issue of Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics (Volume 53, Issue 21) and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in Chemical Science. Our collaborative work with the Guo Group at UC Riverside has just been accepted in Chemical Science! The paper is entitled “Solid State Lithiation-Delithiation of Sulfur in Sub-Nano Confinement: A New Concept for Designing Lithium-Sulfur Batteries” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Wong group gives 4 presentations at the 2015 AIChE Meeting. The Wong group will be giving 4 presentations at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 1st presentation is entitled “Quantum Dynamical Simulations of the Photoinduced Charge Transfer Process in Donor-Bridge-Acceptor” to be given in Session 159: Nanomaterials for Photovoltaics. The 2nd presentation is entitled “Accurate Excited States of Photovoltaic Molecular Systems from Long-Range Corrected TDDFT Methods” to be given in Session 304: Molecular Simulation and Modeling of Complex Molecules I. The 3rd presentation is entitled “Charge-Transfer Dynamics of Light-Harvesting Systems in Complex Solvated Environments” to be given in Session 432: Recent Advances in Molecular Simulation Methods III. The 4th presentation is entitled “Unusual Nanoscale Electronic Effects and Carrier Dynamics in Heterojunction Nanowires” to be given in Session 488: Nanowires: Synthesis, Processing and Applications.

Prof. Wong gives the Physical Chemistry seminar in the Department of Chemistry. Prof. Wong will be giving the Physical Chemistry seminar in the Department of Chemistry at UC Riverside. The presentation is entitled “Light-Harvesting Systems: from the Frequency Domain to the Time Domain” to be given in the Physical Chemistry Seminar.

Prof. Wong gives an invited presentation at the University of Texas at El Paso. Prof. Wong will be giving an invited presentation at the University of Texas at El Paso in El Paso, Texas. The presentation is entitled “Light-Harvesting Systems: from the Frequency Domain to the Time Domain” to be given in the Zope and Baruah groups.

October 2015

Paper published in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation! The paper is entitled “Breaking Badly: DFT-D2 Gives Sizeable Errors for Tensile Strengths in Palladium-Hydride Solids” and can be read here. Congratulations Niranjan!

September 2015

Paper published in ACS Nano. Our collaborative work with the Gopalan Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has just been accepted in ACS Nano! The paper is entitled “Isolation of Pristine Electronics Grade Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes by Switching the Rigidity of the Wrapping Polymer Backbone on Demand” and can be read here. Congratulations Belén!

Undergraduate students Earl Garcia, Ellyn Ngo, and Adaugo Ukaegbu join the Wong group. Welcome Earl, Ellyn, and Adaugo!

August 2015

Paper published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Our work has just been accepted in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics! The paper is entitled “Assessing Backbone Solvation Effects in the Conformational Propensities of Amino Acid Residues in Unfolded Peptides” and can be read here. Congratulations Niranjan and Alexandra!

Paper featured in the ACS Select Virtual Issue of JACS Beta. Our paper in Macromolecules has been selected by the editors to appear in the ACS Select Virtual Issue of JACS Beta for “focusing on the design of new donor and acceptor units and their incorporation into macromolecules.”

July 2015

Paper published in the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics. Our collaborative work with the Lahti group at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has just been accepted in Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics! The paper is entitled “Poly((2-alkylbenzo[1,2,3]triazole-4,7-diyl)vinylene)s for Organic Solar Cells” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

June 2015

REU student Shraddha Patel joins the Wong group. Welcome Shraddha!

Visiting undergraduate students Horrara Diógenes and Cesar Schadeck join the Wong group. Horrara joins us from Wayne State University and Cesar joins us from Ohio University. Welcome Horrara and Cesar!

High school student Abigail Cuéllar joins the Wong group. Welcome Abigail!

May 2015

Prof. Wong receives funding from the UC Riverside Center for Catalysis. The UC Riverside Center for Catalysis provides funding to develop highly synergistic groups in order to combine all aspects of catalysis into one team focused on developing new catalytic systems for unique applications. The intent is to facilitate interactions to be able to combine aspects of homogeneous, heterogeneous, and enzymatic catalysis together with new nanotechnologies for the design of catalytic systems with unique selectivity for specific processes. Our proposal with the Wu Group at UC Riverside is entitled “Multiscale Modeling for Multistep Catalysis: Inhomogeneity, Molecular Transport, and the Kinetics of Spatially Coordinated Reactions.” Congratulations to everyone!

Prof. Wong receives funding from the UC Riverside Collaborative Seed Grant Program. The UC Riverside Collaborative Seed Grant Program provides internal funding for UC Riverside faculty teams to collaborate and publish in advance of proposing multi-investigator projects and centers to external agencies. Serving as a catalyst for UC Riverside faculty to form new teams, the seed grant program is intended to initiate new intellectual directions for faculty and to make UC Riverside more competitive for multidisciplinary grants. Our proposal with the Yin Group at UC Riverside is entitled “Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Next‐Generation Rechargeable Battery Materials.” Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in the Journal of Applied Physics. Our collaborative work with the Smith group at the University of Cincinnati has just been accepted in the Journal of Applied Physics! The paper is entitled “Quantum Confinement of Excitons in Wurtzite InP Nanowires” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications. Our work has just been accepted in Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications! The paper is entitled “A Prediction of Dislocation-Free CdTe/CdS Photovoltaic Multilayers Via Nano-Patterning and Composition Grading” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Prof. Wong receives support from NVIDIA Corporation. The NVIDIA Academic Hardware Grant Program provides small “seeding” gifts intended to enable researchers to begin a new project and gain the preliminary results to support a larger proposal to other funding agencies. NVIDIA Corporation will be supporting our work with the donation of a Tesla K40 GPU to our group. Our proposal is entitled “GPU-Enhanced Simulations of Real-Time Electron Dynamics in Complex Environments.” Congratulations to everyone!

April 2015

Prof. Wong receives funding from the UC Riverside Collaborative Seed Grant Program. The UC Riverside Collaborative Seed Grant Program provides internal funding for UC Riverside faculty teams to collaborate and publish in advance of proposing multi-investigator projects and centers to external agencies. Serving as a catalyst for UC Riverside faculty to form new teams, the seed grant program is intended to initiate new intellectual directions for faculty and to make UC Riverside more competitive for multidisciplinary grants. Our proposal with the Ge Group at UC Riverside is entitled “Hybrid Structure Modeling / Quantum Mechanical Methods for Enzyme Engineering.” Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in RSC Advances. Our collaborative work with the Hossain group at Jackson State University has just been accepted in RSC Advances! The paper is entitled “Colorimetric and Optical Discrimination of Halides by a Simple Chemosensor” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Prof. Wong gives 2 presentations at the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting. Prof. Wong will be giving 2 presentations at the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, California. The 1st presentation is entitled “Charge-Transfer Dynamics of Light-Harvesting Systems in Complex Environments” to be given in Symposium W2.07/WW2.07: Light-Matter Processes in Molecular Systems and Devices. The 2nd presentation is entitled “Unusual Nanoscale Electronic Effects and Carrier Dynamics in Heterojunction Nanowires” to be given in Symposium U6.02: The Interplay of Structure and Carrier Dynamics in Energy-Relevant Nanomaterials.

March 2015

Prof. Wong is a finalist for the NVIDIA GPU Award. The NVIDIA GPU Award for the Best GPU Poster rewards those researchers who have demonstrated outstanding computational chemistry research carried-out using a GPU, whether (1) programming new GPU-accelerated algorithms or (2) performing simulations with a GPU-accelerated software application, e.g., AMBER, NAMD, GROMACS, LAMMPS, TeraChem, GAMESS or other computational chemistry packages or (3) both. Our work on GPU-Enabled Real-Time Electron Dynamics of Large Light-Harvesting Systems in Explicit Solvent has been selected by the COMP Division of the American Chemical Society as a finalist for the NVIDIA GPU Award for the Best GPU Poster at the Denver ACS meeting (Spring 2015) and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation! The paper is entitled “The Importance of Short- and Long-Range Exchange on Various Excited State Properties of DNA Monomers, Stacked Complexes, and Watson-Crick Pairs” and can be read here. Congratulations Alexandra!

Prof. Wong gives an invited talk at California State University, Northridge. Prof. Wong will be giving an invited presentation at California State University, Northridge in Northridge, California. The presentation is entitled “New Computational Tools for Probing Quantum Effects in Large Complex Systems” to be given in the Department of Physics & Astronomy Colloquium.

Prof. Wong gives 3 presentations at the 2015 ACS Spring Meeting. Prof. Wong will be giving 3 presentations at the 2015 ACS Spring Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The 1st presentation is entitled “High-Throughput Computational Design of Semiconducting Polymers: Predictions and Rational Guidance from DFT Calculations” to be given in COMP: Computational Design, Discovery and Optimization of Organic Semiconductor Materials. The 2nd presentation is entitled “Charge-Transfer Dynamics of Light-Harvesting Systems in Complex Solvated Environments” to be given in PHYS: Modeling Excited States of Complex Systems. The 3rd presentation is entitled “GPU-Enabled Real-Time Electron Dynamics of Large Light-Harvesting Systems in Explicit Solvent” to be given in COMP: NVIDIA GPU Award.

Undergraduate student Rishika Betrabet joins the Wong group. Welcome Rishika!

February 2015

Prof. Wong gives an invited talk at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prof. Wong will be giving an invited presentation at the University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. The presentation is entitled “Real-Time Dynamics from Density Functional Tight Binding: A New Computational Tool for Probing Complex Heterogeneous Systems” to be given in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Undergraduate students Benjamin Cornejo and Timothy J. Legere join the Wong group. Welcome Benjamin and Timothy!

January 2015

Postdoctoral associate M. Belén Oviedo receives an ICAM Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM) is a multi-institutional partnership whose purpose is to identify major new research themes in complex adaptive matter and to nucleate and conduct collaborative research and scientific training that links together scientists in different fields and different institutions. Postdoctoral associate M. Belén Oviedo has been awarded an ICAM Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct collaborative research between the Wong Group at UC Riverside and the Scholes Group at Princeton University. The award provides funding for a two-year period and is entitled “Non-Equilibrium Quantum Dynamics in Large Light-Harvesting Pentacene Complexes.” Congratulations Belén!

Prof. Wong acknowledged as a top reviewer for the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Prof. Wong has been acknowledged by the editors of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters as one of their most valued reviewers “among the top 5% in terms of number of papers reviewed and timeliness of reviews.”

December 2014

Graduate student Niranjan Ilawe joins the Wong group. Niranjan joins us from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Welcome, Niranjan!

Graduate student Marc Cercy Groulx joins the Wong group. Marc joins us from the University of California, Riverside. Welcome, Marc!

November 2014

Paper published in RSC Advances. Our collaborative work with the Ghosh group at the Indian Association for the Cultivation Science has just been accepted in RSC Advances! The paper is entitled “Anion Directed Conformational Diversities of an Arene Based Hexa-Amide Receptor and Recognition of the [F4(H2O)6]4− Cluster” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in Tetrahedron Letters. Our collaborative work with the Hossain group at Jackson State University has just been accepted in Tetrahedron Letters! The paper is entitled “Binding and Selectivity of Dihydrogen Phosphate by H-bond Donors and Acceptors in a Tripodal-Based Thiourea Receptor” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

October 2014

Prof. Wong gives the first colloquium in the Materials Science & Engineering Program. Prof. Wong will be giving the first colloquium in the Materials Science & Engineering Program at UC Riverside. The presentation is entitled “Unravelling the Unusual Electronic Effects in Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials with Predictive Quantum Simulations” to be given in the Materials Science & Engineering Colloquium.

Paper published in RSC Advances. Our collaborative work with the Hossain group at Jackson State University has just been accepted in RSC Advances! The paper is entitled “A Highly Efficient Dinuclear Cu(II) Chemosensor for Colorimetric and Fluorescent Detection of Cyanide in Water” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Prof. Wong gives an invited talk at California State University, San Bernardino. Prof. Wong will be giving an invited presentation at California State University, San Bernardino in San Bernardino, California. The presentation is entitled “Computers in Chemistry: Using Simulations for Running Virtual Experiments” to be given in the Department of Chemistry.

September 2014

Paper featured on the front cover of Macromolecular Rapid Communications. Our paper in Macromolecular Rapid Communications is featured as the cover picture for the September 2014 issue of Macromolecular Rapid Communications (Volume 35, Issue 17) and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

August 2014

Prof. Wong receives a 2014 R&D 100 Award. Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention,” the R&D 100 Awards identify and celebrate the top technology products of the year. Our work on Triplet-Harvesting Plastic Scintillators has been selected by the editors of R&D Magazine as one of the winners of the 52nd annual R&D 100 Awards, an international competition that recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. The award is entitled “Triplet-Harvesting Plastic Scintillators (THPS)” and can be read here. Congratulations Prof. Wong!

Paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Our work has just been accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! The paper is entitled “Analytical Bond-Order Potential for the Cd–Te–Se Ternary System” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

July 2014

Paper published in Macromolecular Rapid Communications. Our collaborative work with the Azoulay Group at the University of Southern Mississippi has just been accepted in Macromolecular Rapid Communications! The paper is entitled “Solution-Processable Donor–Acceptor Polymers with Modular Electronic Properties and Very Narrow Bandgaps” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Our collaborative work with Dr. Claudine Katan at CNRS-Université de Rennes has just been accepted in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics! The paper is entitled “Absorption and Fluorescence Signatures of 1,2,3-Triazole Based Regioisomers: Challenging Compounds for TD-DFT” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Prof. Wong receives 257,027 supercomputer hours from the National Science Foundation. The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), supported by the National Science Foundation, is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. The Wong Group has received computing time to use the Stampede supercomputer at The University of Texas at Austin.

Prof. Wong gives an invited talk at the Telluride Science Research Center. Prof. Wong will be giving an invited presentation at the Telluride Science Research Center in Telluride, Colorado. The presentation is entitled “Charge-Transfer Dynamics with Explicit Solvent: Insights from RT-TDDFTB” to be given in Section I(A): Electronic Dynamics.

June 2014

Undergraduate students Thomas T. Dong, Yash Kamothi, and Mengyi Xu join the Wong group. Welcome Thomas, Yash, and Mengyi!

May 2014

Prof. Wong receives user access to the Molecular Foundry. The Molecular Foundry User Program gives researchers access to expertise and equipment for cutting-edge nanoscience in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. The program is open to scientists from academia, industry, and research institutes worldwide. Our proposal with the Azoulay Group at the University of Southern Mississippi is entitled “Conjugated Polymers for Next Generation Optoelectronic Technologies.” Congratulations to everyone!

April 2014

Moving to UC Riverside. Our research group will be moving to the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering Program at the University of California, Riverside. We are very excited and look forward to this new transition!

Prof. Wong gives 3 presentations at the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting. Prof. Wong will be giving 3 presentations at the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, California. The 1st presentation is entitled “Fast and Predictive: First-Principles Computational Design of Photovoltaics and Nanomaterials” to be given in Symposium QQ6.03: Computationally Enabled Discoveries in Synthesis, Structure and Properties of Nanoscale Materials. The 2nd presentation is entitled “Unusual Effects of Nonlocal Exchange Interactions on Electrons in Core/Shell Nanowires” to be given in Symposium UU11.10: Semiconductor Nanowires—Synthesis, Properties and Applications. The 3rd presentation is entitled “High-Throughput Computational Design of Conducting Polymers: Predictions and Rational Guidance from DFT Calculations” to be given in Symposium WW4.06: Materials by Design—Merging Advanced In-Situ Characterization with Predictive Simulation.

Undergraduate Gabrielle Arnold joins the Wong group. Welcome Gabrielle!

March 2014

Paper published in Chemical Science. Our collaborative work with Dr. Mark D. Allendorf at Sandia National Laboratories has just been accepted in Chemical Science! The paper is entitled “Novel Metal-Organic Framework Linkers for Light Harvesting Applications” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

February 2014

Paper published in Langmuir. Our collaborative work with the Himpsel Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has just been accepted in Langmuir! The paper is entitled “Orientation of a Monolayer of Dipolar Molecules on Graphene from X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Prof. Wong participates in Research Day at Drexel University. Prof. Wong is a committee member and organizer of Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences Research Day. Research Day is a wonderful opportunity to share research experiences and gain valuable feedback from professors and peers! The entire Drexel community is invited to discover and celebrate the hard work of our student researchers.

January 2014

Paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Our collaborative work with the Gopalan Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has just been accepted in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C! The paper is entitled “Raman Enhancement of a Dipolar Molecule on Graphene” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in Tetrahedron Letters. Our collaborative work with the Hossain Group at Jackson State University has just been accepted in Tetrahedron Letters! The paper is entitled “An Exclusive Fluoride Receptor: Fluoride-Induced Proton Transfer to a Quinoline-Based Thiourea” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Our collaborative work with Dr. Mark D. Allendorf at Sandia National Laboratories has just been accepted in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A! The paper is entitled “Energy and Charge Transfer by Donor-Acceptor Pairs Confined in a Metal-Organic Framework: A Spectroscopic and Computational Investigation” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

December 2013

Paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Our collaborative work with Dr. Stephen L. Coy and the Vouros Group at Northeastern University has just been accepted in the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry! The paper is entitled “Understanding Gas Phase Modifier Interactions in Quantitative Analysis by Differential Mobility-Tandem Mass Spectrometry” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in the Journal of Applied Physics. Our collaborative work with Dr. Paul Guss at Remote Sensing Laboratory has just been accepted in the Journal of Applied Physics! The paper is entitled “Results for aliovalent doping of CeBr3 with Ca2+ and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

November 2013

Undergraduate students Mi Tran, Nicholas Ly, and Feng Long Chen join the Wong group. Welcome Mi, Nicholas, and Feng Long!

October 2013

Paper featured in the Physical Chemistry Themed Collection of Chemical Science. Our paper in Chemical Science has been selected by the editors to appear in the Physical Chemistry Themed Collection of Chemical Science as one of the “great research papers and reviews published in Chemical Science in the broad area of physical chemistry.”

Paper featured in Chemical Science Blog. Our paper in Chemical Science has been featured as a “HOT Chemical Science Edge Article” in Chemical Science Blog (October 2, 2013).

September 2013

Paper published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Our collaborative work with the Gopalan and Eriksson Groups at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has just been accepted in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces! The paper is entitled “Functionalization of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes with Chromophores of Opposite Internal Dipole Orientation” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Paper published in the Journal of Molecular Modelling. Our collaborative work with Dr. Donald K. Ward at Sandia National Laboratories has just been accepted in the Journal of Molecular Modelling! The paper is entitled “A Refined Parameterization of the Analytical Cd-Zn-Te Bond-Order Potential” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

Postdoctoral associate M. Belén Oviedo joins the Wong group. Belén joins us from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Welcome Belén!

August 2013

Paper published in Chemical Science. Our collaborative work with the Jasti Group at Boston University has just been accepted in Chemical Science! The paper is entitled “Photophysical and Theoretical Investigations of the [8]Cycloparaphenylene Radical Cation and Its Charge-Resonance Dimer” and can be read here. Congratulations to everyone!

June 2013

Graduate student Xi Chen joins the Wong group. Xi joins us from the University of Delaware. Welcome, Xi!

May 2013

Graduate student Alexandra E. Raeber joins the Wong group. Alexandra joins us from Bryn Mawr University. Welcome, Alexandra!

April 2013

Prof. Wong receives 200,000 supercomputer hours from the National Science Foundation. The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), supported by the National Science Foundation, is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. The Wong Group has received computing time to use the Kraken supercomputer at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Stampede supercomputer at The University of Texas at Austin.

March 2013

The Nanoscale & Mesocale Energy Materials Group is formed. Prof. Bryan M. Wong joins the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Drexel University!