News from The Engel Group at The University of Chicago

Teaching Award 5/18/2016

Congratulations to Sara Hess on winning the Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award from the Department of Chemistry.

Ph.D. 5/12/2016

Congratulations to Dr. Ved Singh on successfully defending his dissertation!

Travel Grant 5/12/2016

Congratulations to John Otto on receiving a travel grant to attend a Gordon Research Seminar on Molecular Dynamics and Spectroscopy this summer where he will give an oral presentation.

Fellowship 4/20/2016

Congratulations to Ruvim Ginzburg on winning a summer fellowship to study in Hong Kong at CUHK.

Welcome 4/19/2016

Welcome to Hallie Sussman who is joining the group as a new graduate student researcher in the Biophysical Sciences Program.

Congratulations 4/6/2016

Congratulations to Polina Navotnaya on passing her qualifying exam.

NDSEG Fellowship 4/1/2016

Congratulations Ryan Wood on receiving an NDSEG fellowship from the Department of Defense!

Honorable Mention 3/29/2016

Congratulations to Sara Hess and Ryan Wood on receiving honorable mention in the NSF fellowship competition.

Congratulations 3/10/2016

Congratulations to Pete Dahlberg, Graham Norris, Wave Wang, Subha Viswanathan, and Ved Singh on having their paper selected for the 2015 JCP Editor's Choice as one of the top papers of 2015.

Congratulations 3/8/2016

Congratulations to Sara Massey on winning a Merck Research Award from ACS and Merck to support her presenting her work at the Fall ACS meeting in Philadelphia.

Travel Grant 3/3/2016

Congratulations to Sara Massey on her winning a Windt Travel grant and UChicago Grad Travel grant to support her presentation at the International Photosynthesis Conference.

Welcome 2/12/2016

Welcome to Thomas Gao, who has joined the group as a Masters student.

Welcome 12/15/2015

Welcome to Sara Hess, Richard Mazuski, and Ryan Wood, who have joined the group as Graduate Students.

Paper Accepted 12/1/2015

Congratulations to Moira Flanagan and co-authors on having her paper entitled, "Mutations to R. sphaeroides Reaction Center Perturb Energy Levels and Vibronic Coupling but Not Observed Energy Transfer Rates" accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry!

Welcome 9/28/2015

Welcome to Jonathan Michelsen, a new undergraduate researcher in the Group.

Welcome 9/26/2015

Welcome to Sean Harding, who will be joining us in the Group for the year as an exchange student from Edinburgh University.

Welcome 7/28/2015

Welcome to Dr. Marco Allodi, a Yen Fellow in the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, who is joining the group as a postdoctoral fellow.

Welcome 7/8/2015

Welcome to Ishaan Dayal who is joining our group for the summer from the UChicago Laboratory School.

Welcome 7/1/2015

Welcome to Ryan Wood, Richard Mazuski, and Curtis Peterson who are new graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and are working with us for the summer.

Welcome 7/1/2015

Welcome to R.J. Bogdan who is joining our group as a summer undergraduate researcher.

Congratulations 6/20/2015

We offer our congratulations to Ryan McGillicuddy and to Graham Norris on their graduation from UChicago, and we wish them well as they head to graduate school next year at Harvard and ETH , respectively.

Welcome 6/10/2015

Welcome to Nanzhu Li, who is joining our group as a new graduate student researcher.

Congratulations 5/27/2015

Congratulations to Moira Flanagan on receiving the University of Chicago's Wayne C. Booth Prize for undergraduate teaching.

Paper Accepted 5/10/2015

Congratulations to Ved Singh and co-authors for having their article entitled, "Toward quantification of vibronic coupling in photosynthetic antenna complexes" accepted to Journal of Chemical Physics.

Teaching Award 5/5/2015

Congratulations to Polina Navotnaya on winning the Chemistry Department's Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award.

Welcome 4/26/2015

Welcome to Matthew Talaga as a new undergraduate researcher in our group.

NDSEG Fellowship 4/1/2015

Congratulations to Sara Massey on receiving an NDSEG fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Congratulations 2/10/2015

Congratulations to Prof. Wave Wang on receiving an award from China's Thousand Talents Program for Distinguished Young Scholars.

Congratulations 1/8/2015

Congratulations to Prof. Wave Wang on starting his new research lab as an Assistant Professor at Xiamen University.

12/1/2014

Polina Navotnaya has joined the group as a new graduate student!

9/3/2014

Greg Engel has been promoted to the rank of Professor at The University of Chicago.

7/16/2014

Greg Engel has been selected as a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF). We appreciate DoD's support of our work.

7/4/2014

Evan Engel arrived on 5/30/2014 (3120 g, 510 mm) and is ready to get to work.

Ph.D. 6/27/2014

Congratulations to Dr. Kenley Pelzer on successfully defending her thesis.

Fellowship 5/22/2014

Congratulations to Graham Norris on receiving a JFI Summer Research Fellowship.

Congratulations 5/21/2014

Congratulations to Subha Viswanathan on giving birth to her son, Rivan.

Fellowship 5/18/2014

Congratulations to Alice Zhang on receiving an IBD Summer Research Fellowship.

Welcome 5/16/2014

We offer a hearty welcome to all the new Engel Group members arriving this year at the group baby shower:

Fellowship 5/1/2014

Congratulations to Ryan McGillicuddy on receiving a summer research fellowship to support his working in Hong Kong for the summer!

Teaching Award 4/18/2014

Congratulations to Sara Massey on winning Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award!

Fellowship 4/18/2014

Congratulations to Ved Singh on winning the Olshansky Memorial Departmental Fellowship!

Fellowship 4/2/2014

Congratulations to Nick Williams on receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Fellowship 3/31/2014

Congratulations to Ryan McGillicuddy on receiving a Goldwater Fellowship!

Congratulations 2/14/2014

Congratulations to Prof. Graham Griffin on his accepting a professorship at Depaul University in the Department of Chemistry!

Congratulations 2/12/2014

Congratulations to Kenley Pelzer on the birth of our group's newest chemist!

Paper Accepted 2/12/2014

Haibin Zheng's paper on creating a "Dispersion-Free Continuum Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectrometer" has been accepted to Applied Optics.

Paper Accepted 2/5/2014

Kenley Pelzer's paper on "Coherent Transport and Energy Flow Patterns in Photosynthesis under Incoherent Excitation" has been accepted to J. Phys. Chem. B.

Paper Accepted 2/4/2014

Justin Caram's paper on "Exploring Size and State Dynamics in CdSe Quantum Dots Using Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy" has been accepted to J. Chem. Phys.

Welcome 1/1/2014

Welcome to Po-Chieh Ting, Sara Massey, Nick Williams and John Otto who have now formally joined the group as new graduate students!

Paper Accepted 12/9/2013

Graham Griffin's paper on "Ultrafast energy transfer from rigid, branched side-chains into a conjugated, alternating copolymer" has beed accepted to J. Chem. Phys.

Paper Accepted 12/9/2013

Justin Caram's paper on "Persistent Interexcitonic Quantum Coherence in CdSe Quantum Dots" has been accepted to J. Phys. Chem. Lett.

12/2/2013

Greg Engel has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Physical Chemistry for a two year term commencing in January 2014.

11/18/2013

Pete Dahlberg's work has been featured on the New Under the Sun Blog on photosynthesis.

11/11/2013

Greg Engel has been elected to the Executive Committee of the ACS Physical Chemistry Division and will chair the division in 2016-2017.

11/10/2013

Pete Dahlberg has won the "Best Student Talk" award at the 39th Annual 2013 Midwest/Southeast Photosynthesis Meeting.

10/12/2013

Our work has been honored with the 2013 FACSS Innovation Award in recognition of our developing 2D Circular Dichroism spectroscopy and extending 2D spectroscopy to live cells.

Paper Accepted 10/11/2013

Pete Dahlberg's paper on "Energy Transfer Observed In Live Cells Using Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy" has been accepted to J. Phys. Chem. Lett.

Paper Accepted 9/25/2013

Andrew Fidler's paper on "Probing Energy Transfer Events in the Light Harvesting Complex 2 (LH2) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides with Two-Dimensional Spectroscopy" has been accepted to J. Chem. Phys.

Congratulations 9/12/2013

Congratulations to Lane Gunderman on being named one of the country's most impressive high school seniors by Business Insider.

Paper Accepted 8/23/2013

Kenley Pelzer's paper on "The dependence of exciton transport efficiency on spatial patterns of correlation within the spectral bath" has been accepted to New Journal of Physics.

Paper Accepted 8/22/2013

Ved Singh's paper on "Independent phasing of rephasing and non-rephasing 2D electronic spectra" has been accepted to J. Chem Phys.

Welcome 8/19/2013

Welcome to Cheng "Wave" Wang, who has joined the group as a postdoctoral scholar.

Ph.D. 7/11/2013

Congratulations to Dr. Phil Long on successfully defending his dissertation!

Welcome 7/1/2013

Welcome to the new students working with us in the lab for the summer: John Otto, Nick Williams, and Graham Norris.

7/1/2013

One of our articles has been selected as an "Editors Choice" article by JCP for 2012.

Congratulations 6/25/2013

Congratulations to Hunter Davis (S.B.) and Michael Westberg Sorensen (S.M) on their recent graduation. We wish Michael well as he heads to Denmark to do his doctoral work at Aarhus University.

Ph.D. 6/21/2013

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Fidler on successfully defending his dissertation!

Ph.D. 6/14/2013

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Caram on successfully defending his dissertation!

Ph.D. 6/10/2013

Congratulations to Dr. Dugan Hayes on successfully defending his dissertation!

5/21/2013

Greg Engel has been selected for the IDA-DSSG program for 2014-2015.

Congratulations 5/13/2013

Congratulations to Dugan Hayes for winning the Yang-Caho-Lan-Xian Best Thesis Award from the Department of Chemistry.

Congratulations 5/13/2013

Congratulations to Justin Caram for winning the Edith Barnard Memorial Award for Service from the Department of Chemistry.

4/19/2013

Our work on quantum materials to mimic photosynthetic systems has been featured on UChicago News, PhysOrg, Science Codex, NewsWise, Science Daily, PhysNews, Chemistry2011, Newsana, DailyMe, and eScienceNews.

Paper Published 4/16/2013

Dugan Hayes's and Graham Griffin's paper showing that quantum effects in biology can be reproduced in synthetic molecules has been published in Science Magazine.

Paper Published 4/12/13

Andrew Fidler's paper on "Time Scales of Coherent Dynamics in the Light-Harvesting Complex 2 (LH2) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides"has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

3/12/13

Lane Gunderman presented his work at the Intel Science Talent Show in Washington, DC. Pictured below is Lane with Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

Welcome 2/5/13

Welcome to Subha Vishwanathan who has formally joined our group, though we have been collaborating for years.

1/25/13

Lane Gunderman has been featured in the Chicago Tribune.

Paper Accepted 1/24/13

Andrew Fidler's paper on "Nonlinear Spectroscopic Theory of Displaced Harmonic Oscillators with Differing Curvatures: A Correlation Function Approach"has been accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

Congratulations 1/23/13

Lane Gunderman has been named an Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Finalist! Congratulations, Lane!

Welcome 1/14/13

Dr. Brian Rolcynzski has joined the Engel Group as a postdoctoral scholar. Welcome, Brian!

Congratulations 1/11/13

Lane Gunderman has been named an Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Semifinalist! Congratulations, Lane!

Paper Accepted 12/11/12

Graham Griffin's paper on "Two Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy of CdSe Nanoparticles at Very Low Pulse Power" has been accepted to J. Chem Phys.

12/7/12

The launch of our joint project with Profs. Mazziotti and Talapin has been highlighted here and here.

12/5/12

Greg Engel has been honored with the E. Bright Wilson Lecture Prize from Harvard University's Chemistry Department.

11/4/12

Greg Engel has been appointed to the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics.

10/29/12

Kelly Fransted has taken a postdoctoral position at Argonne National Laboratories.

10/1/12

Michael Westberg Sorensen has joined our group for the year to do his Masters' Thesis.

9/25/12

Kelly Fransted's paper was featured on the cover of Chemical Physics:

Paper Accepted 8/28/12

Kelly Fransted's paper on "Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy of Bacteriochlorophyll a in Solution: Elucidating the Coherence Dynamics of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson Complex Using its Chromophore as a Control" has been accepted to J. Chem. Phys.

Ph.D. 8/14/12

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Fransted on successfully defending her dissertation!

8/1/12

Greg Engel's DTRA research grant has been extended for another two years, and we look forward to continuing this important work for the agency.

Ph.D. 7/25/12

Congratulations to Dr. Gitt Panitchayangkoon on successfully defending her dissertation!

7/9/12

Photo shoot for our building's generous donors has yielded some great photos of our laboratories.

Paper Accepted 6/21/12

Justin Caram's paper on "Excited and Ground State Vibrational Dynamics Revealed by Two Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy" has been accepted to The Journal of Chemical Physics.

Welcome 6/13/12

Welcome to Hunter Davis, Ryan McGillicuddy, Tobias Gellen, Amir Khadivi, and Lane Gunderman who have joined the group.

Congratulations 6/10/12

Congratulations to Nick Lewis for graduating with honors.

5/31/12

Greg Engel has joined the CIC Academic Leadership Program as a fellow.

5/24/12

Greg Engel has been selected to receive a 2012 Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. More information on the award can be found here.

Paper Accepted 5/9/12

Kelly Fransted's paper on "Probing Vibrational Dynamics of PM650 with Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy" has been accepted to Chemical Physics.

5/2/12

Greg Engel has been honored with the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. We appreciate the continued support of the Dreyfus foundation.

Paper Accepted 4/27/12

Andrew Fidler's paper on "Toward a Coherent Picture of Excitonic Coherence in the Fenna‐Matthew‐Olson Complex"has been accepted to the Journal of Physics B.

Promotion 4/23/12

Greg Engel has been awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor by The University of Chicago effective July 1, 2012.

Paper Accepted 4/3/12

Kenley Pelzer's and Graham Griffin's paper on "Inhomogeneous Dephasing Masks Coherence Lifetimes In Ensemble Measurements"have been accepted to the Journal of Chemical Physics.

Fellowship 4/3/12

Kenley Pelzer has won first place in the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship essay contest for highlighting how computational science directly and positively impacts society and our search for new energy technologies. Her essay will be published shortly in the 2012 edition of DEXIS Magazine. Congratulations Kenley!

Fellowship 3/30/12

Peter Dahlberg has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Pete!

3/26/12

Greg Engel's DARPA QUBE proposal has been selected for Phase II funding. We thank DARPA for supporting our research.

2/15/12

Greg Engel has been selected as a 2012 Sloan Foundation Research Fellow. We are grateful to the Sloan Foundation for supporting our research.

Paper Accepted 2/13/12

Justin Caram's paper on "Signatures of Correlated Excitonic Dynamics in Two Dimensional Spectroscopy of the Fenna-Matthew-Olson Photosynthetic Complex" have been accepted to the Journal of Chemical Physics.

Welcome 1/23/12

Welcome to Alex Linkin, who has joined our group as a graduate student.

1/1/12

Greg Engel, Dmitri Talapin and David Mazziotti have been selected by the Keck Foundation to pursue new directions using nanoparticles as "Designer Atoms."

Welcome 12/13/11

Welcome to Lili Wang, who has joined our group as a graduate student.

12/9/11

Greg Engel has been awarded the 2012 Coblentz Award by the Coblentz Society.

Paper Accepted 12/2/11

Elad Harel's paper on "Quantum Coherence Spectroscopy Reveals Complex Dynamics in Bacterial Light Harvesting Complex 2 (LH2)" has been accepted to PNAS.

Congratulations 11/3/11

Congratulations to Justin Caram on winning a scholarship from the Midwest Society for Cosmetic Chemistry.

Paper Accepted 11/1/11

Andrew Fidler's paper "Two-Dimensional Spectroscopy Can Distinguish Between Decoherence and Dephasing of Zero-Quantum Coherences" has been accepted to Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

Welcome 10/25/11

Welcome to Tom Jarvis, who has joined our group as a postdoctoral scholar.

10/24/11

Greg Engel has been elected to the Executive Committee of the APS Division of Laser Science as a "member-at-large."

Paper Accepted 10/19/11

Gitt Panitchayangkoon's and Dmitri Voronine's paper on "Direct Evidence of Quantum Transport in Photosynthetic Light-harvesting Complexes" has been accepted to PNAS. The paper was written in collaboration with Shaul Mukamel's group at UCI.

8/24/11

The Engel Group has joined the NSF Chemical Center for Innovation at Purdue University as a Phase II Member to explore Quantum Information for Quantum Chemistry.

Congratulations 8/3/11

Congratulations to Andrew Fidler for winning an award in the poster competition at the International Quantum Effects in Biological Systems conference in Ulm, Germany.

Fellowship 7/22/11

Congratulations to Kenley Pelzer for winning an award in the poster contest at the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Conference.

Paper Accepted 7/1/11

Dugan Hayes's paper "Peak shape analysis of diagonal and off-diagonal features in the 2D electronic spectra of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex" has been accepted to Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

6/25/11

ICAM has highlighted Elad Harel's work in the group and our collabroation with the Weizmann Institute. See the full article here.

Welcome 6/20/11

Welcome to Joe Turner and Jorge Jimenez who have joined us for the summer.

Welcome 6/17/11

Welcome to graduate students Peter Dahlberg and Kenley Pelzer who have joined the group.

Welcome 6/1/11

Welcome to undergradates Hunter Davis and Nate McConnell who have joined the group.

Congratulations 5/5/11

Congratulations to Justin Caram and Dugan Hayes on their departmental service awards!

Fellowship 4/1/11

Congratulations to Gitt Panitchayangkoon on her NSF EAPSI fellowship!

Congratulations 1/15/11

Congratulations to Joe Turner for being named an Intel Science and Technology Semi-Finalist!

Paper Accepted 12/8/10

Dugan Hayes's paper on "Extracting the excitonic Hamiltonian of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex using three-dimensional electronic spectroscopy" has been accepted to Biophysical Journal.

12/6/10

Greg Engel participated in the National Academies of Science Japanense-American Frontiers of Science meeting sponsored by the Kavli Foundation.

Paper Accepted 11/1/10

Elad Harel's and Andrew Fidler's paper on "Single-Shot GRadient-Assisted Photon Echo Electronic Spectroscopy" has been accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

Congratulations 10/31/10

Congratulations to Gitt Panitchayangkoon for winning an ISPR Poster Prize at the Midwest Photosynthesis Conference.

10/13/10

Greg Engel participated in the 22nd Solvay Meeting on Chemistry: Quantum Effects in Chemistry and Biology.

Paper Published 9/14/10

Andrew Fidler's paper on "Dissecting Hidden Couplings Using Fifth-Order Three-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy"has published in Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

Congratulations 8/25/10

Congratulations to Dugan Hayes and Sara Wichner for winning "Best Poster" awards at the 2010 Autumn ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA.

Paper Accepted 8/3/10

Elad Harel's paper on "Real-time Mapping of Electronic Structure with Single-shot Two-dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy" has been accepted to PNAS.

6/21/10

Greg Engel's DARPA QUBE proposal has been selected for funding. We thank DARPA for supporting our research.

6/3/10

Greg Engel has received a DTRA Young Investigator award. We thank DTRA for supporting our research.

Paper Accepted 5/28/10

Dugan Hayes's paper on "Dynamics of electronic dephasing in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson Complex" has been accepted to the New Journal of Physics.

Fellowship 4/29/10

Phil Long has been awarded a DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE-SCGF). Congratulations Phil!

4/22/10

Greg Engel has been honored with a DARPA Young Faculty Award. We thank DARPA for supporting our research.

Fellowship 4/8/10

Andrew Fidler has been awarded a DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE-SCGF). Congratulations Andrew!

Fellowship 4/6/10

Dugan Hayes has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Dugan!

Welcome 3/15/10

Moira Flanagan has started a rotation in our group. Welcome Moira!

Welcome 3/1/10

Graham Griffin has joined our group. Welcome Graham!

1/20/10

Greg Engel has joined the Executive Committee of the Biophysics Subdivision of the American Chemical Society.

1/13/10

Greg Engel was honored at the White House PECASE Award Ceremony.

Welcome 12/15/09

Graham Griffin Ph.D. will be joining our group in March. Welcome Graham!

7/15/09

Our group has received "seedling" support from DARPA for our work on Quantum Effects in Biological environments. Many thanks to DARPA for supporting our work.

7/9/09

Greg Engel has been honored with a PECASE Award by President Obama sponsored by AFOSR. We thank AFOSR and the White House for this opportunity to do high risk research.

5/10/09

Gitt Panitchayangkoon has received an award for outstanding service to the department.

5/10/09

Kelly Fransted has received a departmental award for excellence in research.

Teaching Award 5/10/09

Justin Caram, Andrew Fidler and Dugan Hayes have received teaching awards from the department and division for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

5/8/09

Greg Engel has been named a Searle Scholar. Many thanks to the Searle family and Kinship Trust for supporting our research

Fellowship 5/1/09

Justin Caram will be beginning his NSF GRFP fellowship in June.

Fellowship 3/10/09

Elad Harel received an ICAM Postdoctoral Fellowship for collaboration with Lucio Frydman's group at the Wiezmann Institute in Israel.

11/26/08

Justin Caram, Andrew Fidler and Dugan Hayes have joined the group.

10/17/08

Greg Engel has been named an AFOSR Young Investigator. Many thanks to the AFOSR for sponsoring our research.

9/1/08

Elad Harel has joined the group as a postdoctoral scholar having completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.

3/15/08

AFOSR has awarded the Engel Lab a DURIP award. Many thanks to the AFOSR for sponsoring our research.

1/15/08

Greg Engel has been named as one of Scientific American's Top 50 Research Leaders for 2007. See the full article here.

12/1/07

Kelly Fransted and Gitt Panitchayangkoon have joined the group.

9/30/07

Greg Engel has been selected for the Dreyfus New Faculty Award. Many thanks to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for sponsoring our research.