Thursday, July 31, 2014


Dr. Jim Phillips and his research students presented posters at the 13th annual MERCURY (Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistry) Conference July 24-26 at Bucknell University. One poster, titled "A Low-Temperature Spectroscopy and Computational Study of CH3CN-HCl" was presented by Anna Waller and Nicole Weiss. Another, titled "Structural and Energetic Properties of FCH2CN-BCl3 and ClCH2CN-BCl3 via Low-Temperature IR Spectroscopy and Computations" was presented by John Lanska, Nicolas Hora and Anna Waller. Phillips has been a member of the MERCURY consortium for three years, which has acquired funding for computing resources for member institutions via grants from the National Science Foundation.

Phillips also had two research articles published earlier this summer. Both were written during the previous academic year, during which he was on sabbatical for the fall semester. The first of these, titled "Structural and Energetic Properties of Acetonitrile−Group IV (A & B) Halide Complexes," was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, (DOI: 10.1021/jp4115207) and was co-authored by several former UW-Eau Claire research students: Heather Helminiak, currently a teacher at Chippewa Falls High School; Robin Knauf, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Samuel Danforth, a graduate student at Western Washington University.
The other paper, titled "Quantum Chemical and Matrix-IR Characterization of CH3CN–BCl3: A Complex With Two Distinct Minima Along the B–N Bond Potential" was published in Physical Chemistry-Chemical Physics, (DOI: 10.1039/c4cp01495b) and was co-authored by former UW-Eau Claire students John Wrass and Kaitlin Bloomgren as well as Dr. Chris Cramer (University of Minnesota) and his former student Daniel Sadowsky. PCCP, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is the highest-impact journal in physical chemistry that emphasizes basic research.   

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