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Georgia Tech among institutions part of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

Prof. Rigoberto Hernandez is part of the $20 million NSF research center focusing on the molecular mechanisms by which nanoparticles interact with biological systems

Prof. Jean-Luc Bredas Wins the ACS Award for Chemistry of Materials

A top ACS honor in materials chemistry goes to a Georgia Tech professor.

Perry Group Develops a New Capacitor Dielectric Material

Professor Perry describes this new research, "Sol-gels with organic groups are well known and fatty acids such as phosphonic acids are well known, but to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time these two types of materials have been combined into high-density energy storage devices."

GT Homecoming

Don't miss your chance to see one of the biggest games of the season, GT vs. FSU, at this year's Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Registration is now open! Join classmates and bring your family October 22-24 for a weekend of Yellow Jacket pride.

Doctoral Candidate Daisy Bourassa Receives AAUW American Fellowship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–16 American Fellowship to Daisy Bourassa.

Xia group publishes a new method in Science

Xia and co-workers demonstrated the fabrication of platinum nanocages with walls as thin as a few atomic layers (or below one nanometer), together with a well-defined, controllable surface structure. These nanocages exhibited greatly enhanced catalytic activity and durability toward oxygen reduction, a key reaction in the fuel cell technology.

Boggs Upper-level Chemistry and Biochemistry Labs Renovated

Form follows function and so the Gilbert Hillhouse Boggs building second floor—originally housing research labs and now home to upper-level chemistry and biochemistry teaching labs—has been renovated (pictures, courtesy of HKS, Inc., below).

Seminars & Events

Colloquium - Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 4:00pm - MoSE G011
Prof. Patrick T. Mather - Syracyse University
Special Seminar - Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:00am - MoSE 3201A
Prof. Valeria Molinero - University of Utah
Physical Division Seminar - Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 4:00pm - MoSE 3201A
Meeting - Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:00am - MoSE 2100F

Featured Research

Article Title
Research Authors
N. B. Khanyile, G. Shu, and K. R. Brown.
Citation
Nature Communications (2015), Vol. 6, 7825
Miscellaneous Details
This work was funded by the Army Research Office.

What are the limits of chemical detection? Here we show that single-molecular ion spectroscopy can be used to discover previously unmeasured vibrational transitions. The experiment starts with a chain of laser-cooled Ca+ ions that are only a few millikelvin above absolute zero. Hydrogen is leaked into the chamber until a single reaction to occur. We then probe the molecular ion transitions by two-photon dissociation, which results in a free hydrogen atom and a trapped Ca+. The bright atomic fluorescence of the Ca+ allowed us to observe the vibrational overtones by forming and destroying only a few hundred molecules.

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