CASCaM Instituted at UNT
[ Official UNT News Story ]
The University of North Texas is the home of the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM), whose central mission involves research, education, training and outreach in all facets of advanced scientific computing and modeling. The CASCaM facility, supported by the United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Energy, and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory, affords excellent opportunities for collaboration with UNT computational chemists for students and faculty mentors in Texas and the surrounding states. You can download the official brochure here (PDF format). A longer presentation of the CASCaM research, resources, and faculty can be downloaded here (PDF format).
CASCaM professor appointed NSF Director of the Division of Chemistry
Dr. Angela Wilson, Chemistry, will joining the NSF Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) as the Director of the Division of Chemistry. She will begin this position in March 2016.
You can view the official NSF announcement here.
CASCaM professor receives UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award
Dr. Angela Wilson, Chemistry, has been received the UNT Foundation Eminent Faculty Award. According to the UNT Faculty Success website, the award "recognizes a faculty member, who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to scholarly-creative activity, teaching, and service and has served as an inspiration to the University of North Texas community." She will be presented with the award at the UNT Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner & Ceremony at Apogee Statdium on Friday, October 2, 2015.
More information about the award can be found here.
A list of the other UNT Faculty Excellence award winners can be found here.
Retired CASCaM professor to present Davidson Lectures
Dr. Wes Borden, Chemistry-retired, has been invited to give the 2016 Davidson Lecture series in January 2016. The talks are scheduled for Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29 of 2016 at 3:30pm. Locations are still being determined.
CASCaM members attend workshop in Germany
Several CASCaM members from the Department of Chemistry attended the "Bonding Analysis with Methods ofComputational Chemistry" workshop, hosted at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, May 18-22, 2015. According to the workshop website, "the main theme of this event will be different perspectives on bonding analysis of molecular and solid state systems with methods from the field of Computational Chemistry."
More information about the workshop can be found here
Materials Science and Engineering professor receives NSF award to study glass corrosion
Dr. Jincheng Du, Materials Science and Engineering, received an NSF award to study the corrosion of multicomponent oxide glasses with a focus on the mixed glass former effect on glass corrosion. In this GOALI/Collaborative project, Dr. Du will apply classical and first principles computer simulations to study the surface and interface, and their interactions with water, to understand the fundamental mechanism of corrosion of glass materials that find wide industrial and technological applications. He will collaborate with scientists from Corning Inc. and Rutgers University on this project. This four-year project will also provide opportunities for graduate students to work on technologically relevant fundamental problems with industrial collaborators.
Physics professor to present research at UNT music conference
Dr. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli has been conducting research combining music, science and data-driven composition using materialssoundmusic, a new computer-aided data-driven composition (CADDC) environment based on the sonification and remix of scientific data streams. Sonification of scientific data, i.e. the perceptualization of information through acoustic means, not only provides a useful alternative and complement to visual data representation, but provides also the raw data for potential artistic remixes and further musical interpretation. This research will be presented at the 41st International Computer Music Conference, hosted at UNT, September 25-October 1, 2015.
You may find more information about materialssoundmusic here.
You may find more information about the 41st International Computer Music Conference here.
Chemistry professor to present several invited lectures during Fall 2015 & Spring 2016
Dr. Wes Borden gave an invited lecture at a symposium on diradicals at the Fall 2015 ACS National meeting in Boston (August 16-20), and he will also lecture at the International Symposium on Reactive Intermediates and Unusual Molecules at the Pacifichem Meeting in Honolulu in December 2015 (December 15-20). In January 2016, he will be the 11th Ernest R. Davidson Lecturer at UNT (January 28-29), and in April he will be an invited Lecturer at the 70th Fujihara Seminar (April 17-21), this one devoted to Physical-Organic Chemistry, in Fukuoka, Japan.
Physics professor featured in UNT InHouse
Macro Buongiorno Nardelli was featured in the June 2015 edition of the UNT InHouse.
You may find the article here.
CASCaM professors recommended to receive NSF grant to upgrade CASCaM HPC system
In January 2015, several CASCaM professors (Paul Bagus, Wes Borden, Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, Thomas Cundari, and Angela Wilson) submitted a proposal for a NSF-MRI grant to upgrade the CASCaM High Performance Computing (HPC) system. The proposal has been recommended for approval. When finalized, the upgrade will begin in September/October 2015.
Chemistry professor research articles chosen as cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry and Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Mohammad Omary, Chemistry, had 2 research articles chosen as the cover of chemical journals.
- "Self-Assembly of Linear Polymers into Phosphorescent Nanoparticles: Optimization toward Non-Cytotoxic Bioimaging and Photonic Devices", chosen as the cover for the June 4, 2015 edition of the Journal of Physical Chemistry. The article was co-authored by Sreekar Marpu, Prabhat K. Upadhyay, Duong T. Nguyen, Iain W. H. Oswald, Ravi K. Arvapally, Robby A. Petros, and ZhibingHu. You can view the article here.
- “Formation of a Fluorous/Organic Biphasic Supramolecular Octopus Assembly for Enhanced Porphyrin Phosphorescence in Air”, chosen as the cover for the April 13, 2015 edition of the Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The article was co-authored by Chi Yang, Ravi K. Arvapally, Sammer M. Tekarli, Gustavo A. Salazar, Oussama Elbjeirami, and Dr. Xiaoping Wang. You can view the article here.