Ning Wang and Dinis Abranches both recently passed their candidacy exams. Congratulations!
Ning Wang’s first publication from our group was just published in the Journal of Ionic Liquids. In collaboration with Yong Zhang, Ning developed a force field for the two isomers of the FAP anion and then performed simulations of the ionic liquid [C6C1im][FAP]. She looked at the effect the relative concentration of the two [FAP] isomers has on properties (not much) and calculated several other physical properties. Nice work, Ning!
Ning Wang, Ryan Smith, and Ed Maginn traveled to Reston, VA in June to present at the ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. We presented in a special symposium dedicated to various aspects of refrigeration and cooling technologies. Many members of our team planning for an NSF ERC project gathered to work on the proposal. The photo above shows some of us at lunch during a break in the meeting.
The two latest PhD graduates of the group officially received their degrees. Congratulations to Dr. Haimeng Wang and Dr. Derrick Poe!
Dinis Abranches published his first paper in our group in Chemical Communications. The paper shows how sigma profiles can be used as a powerful and general molecular descriptor in deep learning. The sigma profiles of 1432 compounds are used to train convolutional neural networks that accurately correlate and predict a wide range of physicochemical properties. The architectures developed are then exploited to include temperature as an additional feature. The work is a joint effort between our group and Prof. Colón’s. Congratulations Dinis!
Derrick Poe successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Modeling Deep Eutectic Solvents: Linking Macroscopic Behavior and Molecular Level Features”. He will be leaving soon to take a postdoc position at Argonne National Lab. Congratulations, Derrick!
Dr. Cassiano Aimoli (group alumnus, 2012-2014), a technical leader at the Brazilian oil company Petrobras, stopped by campus to give a special seminar to COMSEL on chemical engineering opportunities in the oil industry. It was great to have him visit the lab!
Haimeng Wang successfully defended his PhD thesis “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Molten Salts: Force Field Evaluation and Development” today. He was the first person in the group to work on molten salts, and was a key element of the modeling and simulation team of our EFRC “Molten Salts in Extreme Environments (MSEE)”. Haimeng is moving on to take a postdoc position at Argonne National Lab. Congratulations, Haimeng!
We are excited to welcome five new PhD students to the group. They are: Barnabas Agbodekhe (BS University of Benin; MS Imperial College, London); Montana Carlozo (BS Rowan University); Yinke Jiang (BS. Dalian Univ. Tech); Daniel Kim (BSE, Calvin University); and Cole Strickling (BS Oklahoma State). Welcome!
We said goodbye this month to Dr. Ryan DeFever, who has taken a job as a data science researchers at Phillips66 in Bartlesville, OK. Best wishes, Ryan. We will miss you!