Department News

Leibfarth and Isayev win Phase 1 of NSIN AFRL Active AI Planners for Chemistry/Materials Optimization and Discovery Grand Challenge

A team of collaborators from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill won Phase 1 of the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)-sponsored Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Active AI Planners for Chemistry/Materials Optimization and Discovery Grand Challenge.

Kanai Group research featured in Physical Review Letters

This week’s issue of Physical Review Letters (PRL) features the article “Electronic Excitation Response of DNA to High-energy Proton Radiation in Water” by Chris Shepard, Dr. Dillon Yost, and Professor Yosuke Kanai.

Welcome to new faculty member Elisa Pieri

Welcome our newest faculty member, Elisa Pieri.

A Crystal Ball for Chemistry

Jack Sundberg has created a software to help chemists uncover the best materials for their experiments — a potential game-changer for minimizing time and costs.


Development of New Reactions Driven by N-O Bond Cleavage: from O -Acyl Hydroxylamines to Tetrodotoxin

This Account describes new reactions that have been developed in the Johnson laboratories at UNC Chapel Hill enabled by considerations of N–O bond cleavage.

Visible light induced formation of a tungsten hydride complex

Here, we show that in the presence of pyridinium tetrafluoroborate, [CpW(CO)3]− reacts further to form a metal hydride complex CpW(CO)3H.

Uncovering Transport Mechanisms in Perovskite Materials and Devices with Recombination-Induced Action Spectroscopies

The class of action spectroscopies described in this Perspective leverages recombination-induced nonlinearities to distinguish lossy (fluorescence) and productive (photocurrent) processes within the active layers of photovoltaic cells.

Energy landscape design principle for optimal energy harnessing by catalytic molecular machines

Using an alternative geometrical approach, under fast temperature oscillation, we derive a general design principle for obtaining the optimal catalytic energy landscape that can harness energy from a temperature-oscillatory bath and use it to invert a spontaneous reaction.

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