Summer 2020

James McKone Selected as a 2020 Beckman Young Investigator

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 19 June 2020

James McKone, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, was selected as one of the ten 2020 Beckman Young Investigator awardees. The awardees exemplify the Foundation’s mission of supporting the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open new avenues of research in science. 

His research focuses on designing a new generation of enzyme-like catalysts that use renewable electricity to recycle carbon dioxide emissions back into useful fuels and chemicals.

“Over the last several decades, the cost of renewable electricity has dramatically decreased to the point where building a new solar or wind farm is, in many cases, more economical than continuing to run a coal-fired power plant,” said McKone.

PQI June Social Hour

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Friday, June 26, 2020 - 2:00pm

Join the PQI Director and Staff for a social hour on Friday, June 26 from 2-3pm (click here to join)!
 

We'll be using the platform Online Town to host a meet-up in a virtual PQI office. We won't have any food, but come chat and tell us about the trials of the spring semester, your plans for getting back into lab, how PQI could help with anything, the latest video game, or just pop in to casually see who's around. We'll be there.

Telluride Summer Lectures August 10-14

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 2:00pm

PQI has negotiated free unlimited access to talks and the video archive from the Telluride Summer Lecture Series, featuring live-streamed lectures and Q&A sessions with leading scientists. Register here for a Zoom link ID and password. 

Tuesday, August 11th: Energy Landscapes: Structure, Dynamics and Exploration Algorithms

Wendesday, August 12th: Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Excitons: Bridging the Gap Between Quantum Mechanics and Applications

Telluride Summer Lectures July 27-31

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Monday, July 27, 2020 - 12:00pm to Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 2:00pm

PQI has negotiated free unlimited access to talks and the video archive from the Telluride Summer Lecture Series, featuring live-streamed lectures and Q&A sessions with leading scientists. Register here for a Zoom link ID and password. 

Monday, July 27th: Optimizing Thermodynamic Systems

Thursday, July 30th: Developments in QM/MM and Embedding models for Photochemical and Electron Transfer Processes

Telluride Summer Lectures July 20-24

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Monday, July 20, 2020 - 12:00pm to Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 2:00pm

PQI has negotiated free unlimited access to talks and the video archive from the Telluride Summer Lecture Series, featuring live-streamed lectures and Q&A sessions with leading scientists. Register here for a Zoom link ID and password. 

Monday, July 20th: XXVth International Symposium on the Jahn-Teller Effect

Tuesday,July 21st: Multi-scale Quantum Mechanical Analysis of Condensed Phase Systems

Thursday, July 23: Information Engines at the Frontiers of Nanoscale Thermodynamics

Telluride Summer Lectures July 13-17

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to Friday, July 17, 2020 - 2:00pm

PQI has negotiated free unlimited access to talks and the video archive from the Telluride Summer Lecture Series, featuring live-streamed lectures and Q&A sessions with leading scientists. Register here for a Zoom link ID and password. 

Tuesday, July 14th: Condensed Phase Dynamics

Wednesday, July 15th: Interfacial Chemistry and Charge Transfer for Energy Storage and Conversion

Thursday, July 16th: Electronic and Structural Dynamics in Hybrid Perovskites: Theory & Experiment

Friday, July 17th: Quantum Frontiers in Molecular Science

Telluride Summer Lectures June 29 - July 3

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Monday, June 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to Friday, July 3, 2020 - 2:00pm

PQI has negotiated free unlimited access to talks and the video archive from the Telluride Summer Lecture Series, featuring live-streamed lectures and Q&A sessions with leading scientists. Register here for a Zoom link ID and password. 

Monday, June 29th: Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Chiral Structures and Their Assemblies

 

Telluride Summer Lectures June 22-26

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 2:00pm

PQI has negotiated free unlimited access to talks and the video archive from the Telluride Summer Lecture Series, featuring live-streamed lectures and Q&A sessions with leading scientists. Register here for a Zoom link ID and password. 

Tuesday, June 23rd: Enhanced Functionalities in 4 and 5d Transition Metal Compounds from Large Spin‐Orbit Coupling

Wednesday, June 24th: Single Molecule Workshop: Theory Meets Experiment

Telluride Summer Lectures June 15-19

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 12:00pm to Friday, June 19, 2020 - 2:00pm

PQI has negotiated free unlimited access to talks and the video archive from the Telluride Summer Lecture Series, featuring live-streamed lectures and Q&A sessions with leading scientists. Register here for a Zoom link ID and password. 

Tuesday, June 16th: Molecular Chemistry in Electrochemical Energy Storage

Wednesday, June 17th: Ab-initio Design and Control of Quantum Materials

Friday, June 19th: Advances of Multidimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy in Water, Biology and Materials Science

Predicting Unpredictable Reactions

  • By Jenny Stein
  • 12 June 2020

Computational catalysis, a field that simulates and accelerates the discovery of catalysts for chemical production, has largely been limited to simulations of idealized catalyst structures that do not necessarily represent structures under realistic reaction conditions. 

New research from the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Catalysis and Catalytic Processes (Department of Energy) at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, advances the field of computational catalysis by paving the way for the simulation of realistic catalysts under reaction conditions. The work, Modeling Morphology and Catalytic Activity of Nanoparticle Ensembles Under Reaction Conditions, was published in ACS Catalysis and authored by Raffaele Cheula, PhD student in the Maestri group; Matteo Maestri, full professor of chemical engineering at Politecnico di Milano; and Giannis “Yanni” Mpourmpakis, Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow and associate professor of chemical engineering at Pitt.

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