Category: Ziegler, Larry
BU Chemistry Alumni Gathering
In conjunction with the 250th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) BU’s Chemistry department hosted an Alumni Reception at the beautiful Seaport Hotel.
The reception was a tremendous success attracting over 150 alumni, faculty, students and guests. Ann Cudd, the new Dean of the College of Art and Sciences was in attendance. One of the things that impressed greatly Dean Cudd was the interesting and varied career paths alumni have followed after leaving BU. One of the highlights of the event was the attendance of the esteemed Bassaam Shakashiri, member of the 1960 graduating class and past ACS president. His brand of fun science has brought many to the field of Chemistry. By far the best part of the gathering was having so many BU Chemistry graduates re-connecting with other alums, faculty, students and staff. BU’s Chemistry Department has produced some amazing graduates and it’s always great to create opportunities like this for them to stay connected.
Chemistry Chair Lawrence Ziegler surprised the guests by announcing the appointment Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL. Dr. Jeffries-EL will come to BU from Iowa State University where she is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. Her research focuses on the development of organic semiconductors–materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. She will be an excellent addition to the Departments’ faculty and we are excited for her to join the Chemistry Faculty in January 2016.
Over two dozen of our undergraduate and graduate students presenting either talks or posters at the ACS National Meeting. If you’d like to check out a list of the students and the projects they presented you can find them here.
Professor Larry Ziegler and his group have received continued support from the NSF ($450K over 3 years) to use cutting edge spectroscopic techniques to advance understanding of supercritical fluids (SCFs) as a medium for chemical activity. Using ultrafast vibrational or rotational spectroscopic techniques, they will study the femtosecond to picosecond solvation dynamics of a range of SCF solutions as a function of density for isotherms close to the critical temperature. The insights gained will identify those solvent motions coupled to the spectroscopically tagged solutes in the femtosecond to tens of picoseconds regime providing a dynamical description of solvation in the compressible fluid regime of SCFs. Such dynamics are important to understand, because they are intimately involved in the unique microscopic solvation phenomena that give super critical fluids their interesting and useful properties. Given the very high relevance of supercritical liquids for applied chemistry on the one hand and the lack of detailed knowledge on their microscopic dynamics on the other, this research is expected to provide new and important insight into structural fluctuations and local interactions governing solvation processes and, thus, chemical dynamics.
Professor Larry Ziegler (BU Chemistry and the BU Photonics Center) and Professor Paul Champion (Northeastern Physics) co-organized the highly successful 22nd International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS 2010 www.icors2010.org).
Held in Boston over five days, (August 8 – 13), the conference was attended by over 700 people from 40 countries. This biennial meeting has not been held in the US since 1996 (Pittsburgh). In the recent past ICORS has been hosted by different conference organizers in:
- London (2008)
- Yokohama (2006)
- Gold Coast Australia (2004)
- Budapest (2002)
- Beijing (2000).
The meeting featured plenary, invited, and contributed lectures, as well as poster presentations dedicated on the light scattering phenomenon know as Raman scattering. To learn about Raman scattering, click here.