March 2021: Wow, first time updating the website since the start of the COVID pandemic. While working remotely, I have completely neglected this website. A LOT of updates to share, too many to enumate here. The highlights are below:
Adam was granted tenure on July 1 2020. This honor would not be possible if not for the hard work and creativity of the briliant students and postdocs that have been a part of the group!
Group members taking thier next steps- Kaitlyn and Amr successfully defended their theses. Congrats Dr. Dwelle and Dr. Dodin! Songela graduated. We'll miss you Songela! Wendu started his independent academeic career at Wake Forest University. Congrats professor Ding! Hamish and Michiel finished their postdocs and have moved onto to bigger and better things.
New members have joined the group- Linsey Nowack has joined the group as a first-year graduate student. Dylan Suvlu has joined the group as a postdoc! Alyssa Spencer and Myles Noel have joined the group as undergraduate researchers. Welcome Linsey, Dylan, Alyssa, and Myles.
We have published numerous new papers Check out the publications page for an updated list of publications from 2020 and 2021.
February 2020: Interested in designing electrolyte materials for batteries? Traditional design rules might not work if your battery is tiny. Great work Kaitlyn! read about it here.
January 2020: Want to design molecular excitonic circuits that carry out the action of quantum logic gates? Look no further than our latest paper. Excellent work Maria and Amr! here.
January 2020: Check out our latest publication. We use theory to examine interfacial electron transfer within the double layer. Great work Adi! here.
November 2019: Welcome to the group, our newest graduate student, Dina Sharon!
November 2019: Our paper exploring the theoretical bounds for QD-based electron energy filters has been accepted for publication in Nano Letters! Check out the paper here.
December 2018: Modeling the effects of molecular correlations on the properties of delocalized excitons. link
November 2018: The Willard Group welcomes three new graduate students. Welcome to the group Ardy, Maria, and Adi!
October 2018: Chee Kong defends his thesis! Congrats Dr. Chee Kong Lee!
September 2018: Liza publishes her perspective on Nonequilibrium exciton dynamics and then leaves to start a postdoc at University of Chicago. link
September 2018: The Willard Group welcomes three new postdocs. Welcome to the group Hamish Hiscock, Michiel Niesen, and Wendu Ding!
July 2018: Our latest publication with the Johnson group about a class of materials that undergo reversible restructuring of network topology when you illuminate them has just been published in Nature! link
July 2018: More from our collaboration with the Tisdale Group about QD solids and how at low-temperature contractions of a QD super-lattice can have a large influence on charge carrier dynamics. link
June 2018: The Willard Group has produced its first Ph.D.s! Congratulations to Dr. Sucheol Shin and Dr. Liza Lee!
June 2018: Our latest publication about using water's interfacial molecular structure to quantify the effective strength of surface-water interactions has been published in J. Phys. Chem B. link
March 2018: Adam is at the ACS meeting accepting the Openeye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award!
March 2018: Our paper describing showing that hydrogen bond defects contribute significantly to water's interfacial dielectric properties has been published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.! link
February 2018: Adam has been promoted to the rank of Associate Provessor Without Tenure (AWOT)! See the announcement here..
January 2018: Welcome to the group our new undergraduate researcher, Songela Chen. Songela will be studying the effects of spatial heterogeneity on the dynamics of ions in polymeric systems.
January 2018: Our latest paper with the Johnson group, studying the effects of monomer chirality on the structure of di-block co-polymers has been published in JACS! Read the paper here.
January 2018: Our paper titled "Characterizing Hydration Properties Based on the Orientational Structure of Interfacial Water Molecules" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Read the paper here.
January 2018: Our ACS Central Science paper, The Enhancement of Interfacial Exciton Dissociation by Energetic Disorder Is a Nonequilibrium Effect, is now available online.
November 2017: Welcome to the group our newest graduate students Kyaw Myint and Yizhi Shen!
November 2017: Our paper describing the role of energetic disorder in the dissociation of charge transfer states has been accepted for publication in ACS Central Science.
November 2017: Our paper with the Bawendi Group about energy transport and antenna effects in self-assembled dye aggregates has been accepted for publication in Nano Letters. Read the paper here
October 2017: Liza was awarded the AIChE 2017 Electronic and Photonic Material graduate student research award! Congrats Liza!
August 2017: Our paper with the Tisdale group about trap states in monolayer MoS2 has been accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. B. Read the preprint here.
July 2017: Our paper describing the effects of electrode on the microscpic mechanism of charge separation was published in PNAS. Read the paper here.
July 2017: Our paper describing how to account for the effects of ligands in continuum elastic sphere models of quantum dot vibrations was published in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Read the paper here.
March 2017: Kaitlyn was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation!
March 2017: Adam's paper (emerging from his graduate studies nearly 10 years ago!) titled "Intra-chain organisation of hydrophobic residues controls inter-chain aggregation rates of amphiphilic polymers" has been published in J. Chem. Phys. Link
February 2017: Adam was named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). This award will support our work on Simulating the Effects of Nanoscale Disorder on Energy Transport in Molecular Semiconductors Read more about it here.
January 2017: Our paper about disorder and charge hopping dynamics in PbS quantum dot solids has been published in Nano Letters. link
January 2017: Adam won the Junior Faculty Poster Prize at the Berkeley Statistical Mechanis meeting.
December 2016: We have been awarded the NSF CAREER Award for our work in hydrophilic solvation!
November 2016: Welcome to the group Amr Dodin
October 2016: Our paper with the Tisdale group about the effect of ligands on the acoustic properties of quantum dot films has been published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. Read the paper here.
September 2016: Kaitlyn's won a poster prize at the ECI conference for advanced membrane technology in Cork Ireland. Read about the conference here.
September 2016: Another collaborative paper with the Johnson Group has been published. This one looking at hierarchical structure in polyMOC gels. Read the paper here.
July 2016: Group postdoc, Liang Shi, has joined the faculty at the University of California, Merced. Best of luck Liang!
May 2016: Our paper on modeling magnetic field effects in donor-acceptor blends has been published in Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Read the paper here.
November 2015: Our work with the Johnson Group investigating the self-assembly of polymer gels has been published in Nature Chemistry. Read the paper here.
October 2015: Our work on exciton dynamics was highlighted on MIT's news website. Read the article here.
October 2015: Our collaborative paper investigating the dynamics of charge-transfer excitons has been published in Nature Materials. Great work Liang and Chee Kong! Read the paper here
October 2015: Adam's paper about fluorescence quenching in polythiophene aggreages has been published in Nature Communications! Read the paper here
July 2015: John's paper looking at novel ion-conducting materials for microscopic battery architectures has been published in Macromolecules read the paper here
July 2015: Liza's paper about the effects of disorder on incoherent exciton dynamics has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B read the paper here
May 2015: Adam's commentary entitled "Illuminating the Interactions between Small Solutes in Liquid Water" has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters read the paper here
January 2015: Welcome to the group Thomas Avila!
September 2014: Welcome to the group Liang Shi!
July 2014: Congratulations Sucheol for the Poster Award at the American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry 2014!
June 2014: Welcome to the group our first UROP Lane Gunderman!
June 2014: Congratulations Sucheol for being selected for the Ann and Paul Steinfeld Memorial Graduate Fellowship!
May 2014: New publication, nice work Liza! link
January 2014: Welcome to the group John Kattirtzi!
November 2013: Welcome to the group Sucheol Shin!
October 2013: Welcome to the group Elizabeth Lee!
July 2013: The group has officially started!