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Physical & Inorganic 
Chemistry at Penn State

MAY 2019

Heat Management

Exploring the ability to use endothermic chemical transformations as the basis of new heat transfer media

Nanoparticle Surfaces

Investigating molecular control over charge mobility, electronic coupling, and band structure


Using the photothermal effect of nanoparticles to drive high-barrier thermal reactions under ambient conditions

Ben Lear

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Andy Widstrom

Graduate Student

Vadim Tanygin

Graduate Student

Current events

Congratulations, Dr. Joe Fortenbaugh!

May 21, 2019

Joe has successfully defended his dissertation: Molecular-scale control over reaction rate and material properties of photothermally cured silicone. Congratulations, Joe!

Congratulations, Dr. Jonathan Fagan!

May 21, 2019

Congratulations to Jonathan for successfully defending his dissertation: The role of magnetic resonance in inspecting surfaces. We wish him the best!

Emma's dissertation defense

May 10, 2019

Emma has successfully defended her dissertation: Rate enhancement of chemical reactions using nanoscale heating generated by the photothermal effect of gold nanoparticles.

Emma is joining AIP Publishing as an assistant journal manager.