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Shultz group paper featured in JACS Spotlights

A recent JACS paper from the Shultz group: "Excited State Exchange-Modulated Entanglement and Control of Spin Polarization," Stein, B. W.; Tichnell, C. R.; Shultz, D. A.; Kirk, M. L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 2221-2228, was selected to be featured in JACS Spotlights, a feature intended to make JACS research more accessible to the broader community.

The JACS Spotlight can be found here: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 1977, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b01439

Teaching Quantum Spins New Dance Steps
Erika Gebel Berg (Ph.D.)
Quantum computing relies on quantum properties such as entanglement to perform calculations. The future of quantum computing will be advanced by the development of methods to control and manipulate electronic spin states and entanglement within complex systems. David Shultz, Martin Kirk, and colleagues describe a new platform for the precise generation of hyperpolarized spin states and the assessment of electronic structures (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b11397).

The researchers synthesize a series of chromophoric molecules where each spin 1/2 entity is entangled with the remaining two spins. To start the spin polarization process, the researchers use optical excitation to generate a photoexcited two-spin system coupled to a ground-state radical. Typically, magnetic resonance methods are used to manipulate spins in this type of research, but Kirk and Shultz's team instead turn to optical excitation, which allows the electronic structures of the molecules to be assessed by magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy, an unconventional magneto-optical technique. Their findings have great implications for spin-based quantum computing. Posted March 11, 2018

NC State's Chemistry Graduate Student Association Builds Relationships with Local Industry

To highlight jobs in the private sector, NC State's Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA) brought representatives from 23 companies to campus for the second annual Academia-to-Industry Networking Event (AINE) on Oct. 16. Read the full article here, written by Graduate Research Assistant George Van Den Driessche.
Posted November 10, 2017

Andrew K. Boal co-authors paper, interviewed by AWWA

In Alumni news, Dr. Andrew K. Boal (B.S. 1996, M.S. 1998, NCSU with Professor Shultz; Ph.D. UMass, Amherst, 2002) works for Johnson Matthey in Albuquerque, NM where he is the Chief Scientist for the MIOX technology line. Dr. Boal recently co-authored a paper in the Journal of the American Water Works Association, and was interviewed by the AWWA.
Read the interview here. Posted October 9, 2017

Fourches lab students receive ACS CINF awards at ACS National Meeting

Two students from the Fourches lab recently received highly competitive ACS CINF awards at the American Chemical Society ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC. This award recognizes students for their scientific excellence in the content, presentation and relevance in their posters in the Cheminformatics division of the ACS.

  • Phyo Phyo Kyaw Zin (Chemistry) presented her most recent work on the development of the PKS enumerator, a software to generate large libraries of macrocycles with user-defined constrains (she showcased a dataset of 10 million compounds). This work is done in close collaboration with Dr. Gavin Williams (Chemistry, NCSU) and has applications for the virtual screening of new bioactive macrolides for the development of new antimicrobials and agrochemicals.
  • Jeremy Ash (Bioinformatics) presented his work on the first study using cheminformatics for the analysis and modeling of metabolomics data. The technique allows for a better identification of individual and groups of small molecule metabolites that can discriminate cancer patients versus healthy individuals. This is relevant for the development of disease biomarkers and precision medicine.

Posted September 9, 2017


NC State Chemistry attends Hope College Schaap Chemistry Symposium

Graduate students Carl Meunier (Sombers' group) and George Van Den Driessche (Fourches' group), along with Professor Caroline Proulx, were invited to attend the Schaap Chemistry Symposium, hosted by Hope College in July. This is a special research symposium and recruitment event attended by 15 universities and industrial partners. Thanks to George for writing an article about their experience.
Posted August 15, 2017

Melanie Chestnut receives travel award to attend EPR-2017 conference

Melanie Chestnut from Professor Smirnov's group received a $500 travel award to attend an International Conference on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging of Biological Systems (EPR-2017) in Morgantown, WV on July 16–July 22, 2017. This 5-day conference was a combined meeting of the "16th In Vivo EPR Spectroscopy and Imaging" and the "13th Spin Trapping/Spin Labeling" conferences.

During the conference, Melanie received an "Award of Excellence" in the best poster competition for her presentation on "Profiling local water concentration in membranes and proteins down to 2 Å spatial resolution by HYSCORE spectroscopy of nitroxide spin labels." She was awarded a certificate and $400 cash prize. Congratulations, Melanie! Posted August 15, 2017


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