May 15th, 2018
Congratulations to Tianyu and Jongbok, who both successfully passed their defenses! The group got together for dinner to celebrate their accomplishments.
May 4th, 2018
Jongbok received the 2018 Charlene Black Miller '79 Endowed Memorial Fellowship in Chemistry Scholar Award, and Tianyu was recognized with the 2018 MSEN Best Paper, Graduate Student Award.
April 8th, 2018
Lei gave an invited talk while Xiaozhou won a poster award at the 2018 International Conference on Organic and Polymer Synthesis in Guangzhou, China.
March 23rd, 2018
Lei was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Polymers Young Investigator Award, sponsored by MDPI. The award was announced during the 2018 International Conference on Polymers: Design, Function, and Application, in Barcelona, Spain. Read the announcement letter here.
December 12th, 2017
Our collaborative paper on thermochromic supramolecular assemblies with Prof. Mark Olson of Tianjin University was featured on the front cover of Chemistry of Materials Issue 23, 2017. The image depicts a Chinese dragon whose body undergoes color change in water as an embodiment of the underlying hydrochromic mechanism which modulates the competition between π-to-π* and n-to-π* CT interactions. The dragon appears as a test image in the paper and was printed using our materials as inks in a commercial inket printer to give a reversibly thermochromic image.
November 28th - December 1st, 2017
Lei, Alex, and Jongbok traveled to Texas A&M at Qatar in Doha to spend a week working with Mohammed Al-Hashimi's group in order to work on current and future collaboration projects.
Lei was selected as one of the 2017-18 Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars. This award, which includes a $6,500 grant, is named for the founding donor, Kenneth Montague (Mon-tag) ’37, to recognize early-career faculty members who have demonstrated a commitment to, and potential for, excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning.
October 21st, 2017
The group volunteered at the annual Chemistry Open House with a Virtual Reality (VR) activity. Google Cardboard VR headsets were equipped with smartphones displaying common chemicals (water, acetic acid, ascorbic acid, sodium chloride, etc.) in 3D space. While viewing, participants could move their heads to view all sides of the compounds and even drift through the crystal lattices of select molecules. After being immersed in the VR chemistry world, participants were rewarded candy for correctly answering questions about the molecules.
October 20th, 2017
Congratulations to Tianyu and Dr. Wei Hu, who each were awarded a 2017 KANEKA Scholarship, as well as Jongbok for his SPE Scholarship!
July 18th-20th, 2017
Lei and Mari attended the TOSOH GPC2017 Polymer And Biomacromolecular Applications And Characterization Conference, where Lei was an invited speaker.
July 4th, 2017
Our collaborative proposal with Dr. Sarbajit Banerjee (College Station) and Dr. Mohammed Al-Hashimi (Qatar) was one of the 19 grants from TAMUQ awarded by the Qatar National Research Foundation for the 10th cycle of the National Priority Research Program. Read the press release here.