Dichtel Group Members Secure Competitive Positions

A flurry of exciting news, as Alaaeddin Alsbaiee will join Arkema Inc. to work on novel materials chemistry! Catherine DeBlase has accepted a position at the Dow Chemical Company! Dan Lehnherr is headed to the famed process group at Merck! Brian Smith will join the faculty of Bucknell University as an assistant professor! Congratulations to all and best wishes in taking the next step of your careers!

Halogenated Naphthalenes Reported in CEJ

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Dan Lehnherr and Joaquin Alzola’s paper on accessing halogenated naphthalene derivatives was published in Chemistry – A European Journal. The paper demonstrates the power of benzannulating haloalkynes and contributes additional mechanistic insight into this versatile reaction. Congratulations Dan and Joaquin!

Work Presented at Kavli Highlighted in Science

Upcoming work which Will presented during his Kavli lecture at the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA was highlighted in Science. The article entitled “New electric storage material could put more zip in your Tesla” overviews how Catherine DeBlase achieved further improvement of our energy storage devices by forming a nano-composite of our redox-active COF with a conductive polymer.

Dichtel Group Presents Research at Boston ACS

Ten students and postdocs presented their work at the recent 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston. Will delivered the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture. His lecture, “The Spectacular Properties of Porous Polymers,” described how to design permanent porosity into polymers and how these high surface area materials might be useful for applications in water purification and energy storage. His concluding remarks were controversial.

Sam Wins D.O.C. Travel Award

Sam Hein has been awarded the Division of Organic Travel Award, a national award offered through the American Chemical Society. This award will support his travel to the upcoming national ACS Meeting in Boston. There he will present his work synthesizing contorted aromatics through benzannulation chemistry. Congratulations Sam!

Dichtel Groups Hosts Two Workshops at Expanding Your Horizons

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Dichtel Group Hosts Two Workshops for Expanding Your Horizons!

The Dichtel group hosts two workshops for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Cornell University. “Materials in the House” workshop explores the chemistry behind everyday items, including nylon and styrofoam.  “BaNa2 Bread” looks at the relationship between organic chemistry and the kitchen. Expanding Your Horizons is a day of hands-on science workshops designed to inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM fields.

 

Will organizes Coates Award Symposium!

 

Will organizes Coates Award Symposium

Congratulations to Geoff Coates, winner of the ACS Award for Applied Polymer Science. Will organized a symposium at the ACS National Meeting in Geoff’s honor featuring talks by Chris Ober (Cornell MSE), Phil Hustad (Dow), Tim Swager (MIT), Craig Hawker (UCSB), Brian Long (UT-Knoxville), Marc Hillmyer (Minnesota), Karen Wooley (Texas A&M), Kevin Noonan (Carnegie Mellon), Scott Allen (Novomer), WRD, Bob Grubbs (Caltech), Bob Weymouth (Stanford), and the award address by Geoff. A wonderful day of polymer science!

 

JAC KLW Graduate Summa Cum Laude

Jackie Carozza and Katherine Walker graduate summa cum laude!

Congratulations to undergraduates Jackie and Katherine for their academic achievements at Cornell and within the group! We wish them the best as they embark on graduate studies at Cambridge and Stanford, respectively.

 

Dichtel Group Runs Materials Research at Expanding Your Horizons

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Dichtel Group Hosts Material Science workshop for Expanding Your Horizons!

The Dichtel group hosted a workshop titled “Materials in the House” for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Cornell University. This workshop explores the chemistry behind everyday items, including nylon and styrofoam. Expanding Your Horizons is a day of hands-on science workshops designed to inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM fields.

 

3D COF Truncation in Polymer

3D COF Truncation in Polymer.

Spencer Brucks and David Bunck contribute their results on truncating 3D COF with boronic acids to a special issue on porous polymers in Polymer. Spencer is our first undergraduate to serve as a first author on a peer-reviewed publication! Congratulations!

 

Jason Mann Earns PHD

Jason Mann Earns PHD!

Jason Mann successfully defended his doctoral thesis on Friday, May 24. He is the first student of our group to earn a PhD! Jason will soon begin a postdoctoral position in the Tour Group at Rice University. Congratulations!

 

Xiangyu, Spencer, Jackie, and Katherine Win Awards!

Xiangyu, Spencer, Jackie, and Katherine win awards!

First year graduate student Xiangyu Zhang won our department’s Teaching Excellence Award. Spencer Brucks won the ACS Cornell Section Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes research excellence among seniors who intend to pursue graduate studies. Jackie Carozza and Katherine Walker were awarded the Harold Adlard Lovenberg Prize, which recognizes the two top chemistry majors of the junior class. Congratulations to you all!