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We solve problems in energy, catalysis, and biology using advanced spectroscopic techniques such as tabletop x-ray transient absorption spectroscopy. See the research page for more details

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News


06/2018

Max's collaboration with the Neese group is published. Ab initio simulations of M edges FTW!

06/2018

The VW group is recommended for funding from DOE Catalysis Science. We are excited to use our tools to study molecular catalysts from femtosecond to second timescales.

06/2018

The VW group recieves funding from AFOSR Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry. Thrilled to stay part of that program!

05/2018

Ming-Fu and Max's paper on femtosecond XUV and UED probes of PbI2 dynamics is included in the J Phys Chem A Virtual Issue on New Tools and Methods in Experiment and Theory

04/2018

Congratulations to Dr. Michaela Carlson for successfully defending her thesis, and for accepting a tenure-track job as an Assistant Professor at Northland College.

03/2018

Liz's paper on the photophysics of FeTPPCl is accepted to JACS!

03/2018

Josh receives "Teachers Ranked as Excellent" recognition for Chem 203 in Fall 2017.

02/2018

Kaili's paper on simulations of XUV/X-ray spectra of excited states is submitted

11/2017

PbI2 paper published in JPCC. Congrats to Ming-Fu and Max

10/2017

Clare joins the group. Welcome!

03/2017

Suds and Yusef win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Congrats!

03/2017

Our first time-resolved work is submitted, showing unique signals for electrons and holes in PbI2. Read it on arXiv. Congrats to Ming-Fu and the whole team!

02/2017

Josh receives a Sloan Fellowship

10/2016

Aastha, Kori, Ryan, and Yusef join the group! Hooray for additional fantastic grad students!

10/2016

Josh receives ACS PRF funding

08/2016

Ming-Fu's paper in JOSA B is selected as an "Editor's Choice"

08/2016

Josh gives a poster-prize talk at the Gordon Conference on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions. Liz and Kaili presented posters to rave reviews

08/2016

Kail's paper is accepted in J Phys Chem Lett, Ming-Fu's paper is accepted in J Opt Sci Am B, and Kaili's collaboration with Frank de Groot is accepted in J Synch Rad.

01/2016

Josh is recommended for an NSF CAREER award

10/2015

Suds and Sean join the group. We will take a new picture once the weather cooperates

08/2015

Josh presents our preliminary results at the Boston ACS conference and the Soft X-ray in Energy and Time workshop in Berlin

10/2014

Kris joins the group!

01/2014

First Funding! Josh is named an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator

10/2013

Michaela, Liz, Max, and Kaili join the group as our first graduate students

10/2013

Josh's paper on XUV transient absorption of α-Fe2O3 is published in JPCL

09/2013

Dr. Ming-Fu Lin arrives, gets to work designing vacuum chambers

08/2013

Josh arrives at UIUC, begins to set up the lab

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