Dr. Yong Zhang published a paper entitled "The Effect of C2 Substitution on Melting Points and Liquid Phase Dynamics of Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids: Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations”, in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2012, 14(35), 12157-12164. In this paper, he shows that entropic effects are a major reason why adding a methyl group to the C2 position of an imidazolium ring increases melting points and viscosities. Congratulations, Yong.
Dr. Neeraj Rai recently left the group to pursue a 1-year research position at the University of Delaware. He has also accepted a tenure track faculty positionin Chemical Engineering for next year at Mississippi State University. We will miss you, Neeraj, but are happy for your new position!
Cassiano Aimoli has joined the group as a visiting researcher. Cassiano is emplyed by Petrobras in Brazil and is working on his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro under the directions of Charlles Abreau. Cassiano will be working at Notre Dame for the next two years, studying high pressure phase behavior of CO2. welcome, Cassiano!
Dr. Katie Maerzke has joined the group as a postdoc, working with Profs. Maginn and Schneider on simulations of actinide / ionic liquid mixtures. Her project is in collaboration with researchers at Los Alamos National Lab. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Katie was a postdoc at Vanderbilt, and a graduate student in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Welcome Katie!