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Department News

Kathleen Riley awarded Colonial Metal George Benvengo Memorial Student Award

Kathleen Riley is the recipient of the 2021 Colonial Metal George Benvengo Memorial Student Award. The award recognizes a student’s work in performing fundamental or applied research focusing on any precious metals.

Thomas Freeman promoted to teaching associate professor

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Thomas Freeman from teaching assistant professor to teaching associate professor.

Improving the Lab-to-Market Pipeline at UNC

Through participation in NIIMBL and engagement with partners like NC State’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC), UNC aims to continue developing technologies and innovations that meet the needs of North Carolina’s biopharmaceutical industry.

Spring/Summer 2021 Alumni Newsletter

Our Spring/Summer 2021 alumni newsletter is here! The newsletter includes updates from the department on the many exciting initiatives and events occurring year-round.


The ligand-to-metal charge transfer excited state of [Re(dmpe)3]2+

The ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) transitions of [Re(dmpe)3]2+ (dmpe = bis-1,2-(dimethylphosphino)ethane) were interrogated using UV/Vis absorbance spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and time-dependent density functional theory.

Understanding Terminal versus Bridging End-on N2 Coordination in Transition Metal Complexes

Here we elucidate the fundamental factors controlling the two binding modes and determining which is favored for a given metal–ligand system, using both quantitative density functional theory (DFT) and qualitative molecular orbital (MO) analyses.

Thermocleavage of Partial Side Chains in Polythiophenes Offers Appreciable Photovoltaic Efficiency and Significant Morphological Stability

We explore a series of regioregular polythiophenes having TCSs and hexyl side chains by varying the ratio of different side chains, from 0 mol % TCSs to 100 mol % TCSs at an increment of 20 mol %.

Understanding of Face-On Crystallites Transitioning to Edge-On Crystallites in Thiophene-Based Conjugated Polymers

We designed and synthesized a random copolymer (RP-3T) by inserting unsubstituted terthiophenes into regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene)s.

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