December 2016

The group welcomed three new first year students to the group! Welcome Jillian Denhardt, Muhammad Abdullah, and Haneen Mansoor!

November 2016

Congrats Keith! Keith Lehuta successfully defended his PhD thesis on controlling and interrogating the dopant/defect oxidation states in SrTiO3-based materials. Check out his work in the Publications page!

August 2016

Kevin presented a “hot topic” talk at the Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystal GRC on “Aliovalent Magnetic Dopants in Oxide Semiconductors.”

Summer REU students Hamdy and Patricia rocked it at the REU Poster Session! They were studying the conversion of clusters to quantum dots at low temperatures and observed some very cool results and we look forward to seeing walking around the UMass Amherst campus in Fall 2017!!


July 2016

Our latest papers are included in two special themed issues of the RSC: 2016 Emerging Investigators of Chemical Communications and New Talent: Americas 2016 in Dalton Transactions!

June 2016

The group welcomes Patricia and Hamdy from Springfield Technical Community College to work with Fumi on molecular clusters. Looking forward to working with these motivated researchers!

April 2016

Keith’s paper on controlling the chromium oxidation state in Cr-doped SrTiO3 has been published in Dalton Transactions! Check out the publications tab read more.

March 2016

Congratulations to Swamy Pittala on successfully defending his PhD! Best of luck at Intel in Hillsboro!!
Dongming’s paper on the reversible trapping of electrons on Fe3+ sites in ZnO quantum dots has been accepted! Check out the publications tab read about this awesome result!

February 2016

The application for the NSF-funded research experience from May 30th to August 6th is open! Students currently in their 1st year of the STCC SSA program click here to apply!

January 2016

We welcomed Elaine Liu to the MIMC lab. Elaine is a graduate of Oberlin College and will be working on metal benzenechalcogenate clusters.
William, Sam and Keith’s paper on the tunability of oxygen-related defects in pure and Cr-doped SrTiO3 colloidal nanocrystals has been accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials! Check out the publications tab for more.

 December 2015

We celebrated Fumi passing his 2nd year exam, Swamy’s data defense, and a productive 3 months in our lab by visiting graduate student, Eva Belmonte Sanchez from the Universidad de Almeria.

October 2015

Swamy, Michael and Fumi’s article demonstrating a clear correlation of the metal ion exchange rate and the ligand dynamics in CdS-based molecular clusters has been accepted in Chemical Communications! Click here to read more.

August 2015

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has written a story on the NSF CAREER award that includes cool pictures of some quantum dots, the broader impact of the research with regional community college students and our very own undergraduate researcher Michael Mortelliti! Click here to access the article (you may need to register for a free subscription).

July 2015

Kevin has received an NSF CAREER award to study the kinetics and thermodynamics of molecular clusters that mimic the surfaces of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals! Read more about the award here.

June 2015

Kevin presented William’s work at NERM 2015 on the campus of Ithaca College.
Swamy’s first paper is published as a full article in Inorganic Chemistry! Read more about his work on metal ion exchange reactions involving benzenethiolate clusters in the Publications tab.

March 2015

Dongming’s paper on the synthesis and electronic structure of Fe3+-doped ZnO has been accepted to the J. Mater. Chem. C! Just in time for Kevin to talk about it at the ACS meeting in Denver.

December 2014

Some very interesting variable-temperature absorption spectroscopy of an unusual organic chromophore collected on our high-resolution Fourier Transform absorption spectrometer has been published in J. Phys. Chem. C with colleagues Alex Briseno, Mike Barnes and Frank Spano (Temple). Check it out in the Publications tab.

August 2014

Kevin gave an invited talk in the special symposium on “The Chemistry of Inorganic Nanocrystals and Clusters” at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. His talk was entitled, “Molecular clusters as models of quantum dot surfaces” and highlighted work done by graduate student Swamy Pittala.

April 2014

Kevin has been named an Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry A!

December 2013

Keith’s paper on the speciation of Cr3+ during the synthesis of SrTiO3 has been accepted in the J. Mater. Chem. A!

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