2020

YU'S AND DYLAN'S PAPER NOW OUT IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

September 25, 2020

The pandemic is trying to slow us down, but the publications keep coming. Yu and Dylan show how to control the propertis of zirconium photosensitizers through ligand modifications. Great contributions from former REU student Anne Belldina are included as well.

Click on the picture to the right for a link to the paper.

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A VERY DIFFERENT DEFENSE FOR DR. HAKEY

June 29, 2020

Certainly not the way he would have thought it would happen, but Brett successfully defended his dissertation today. As one of the first graduate students at WVU, the defense was conducted via Zoom. Clearly, there is nothing that Brett cannot handle. Excellent job!

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WE ARE BACK IN CRL!

May 25, 2020

Under heavy COVID-19 safety precautions we are back in the lab. Thank you for everybody, who was part of this process.

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CARSTEN OFFICIALLY TENURED!

May 15, 2020

It is official: Carsten has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Thank you to all the students who contributed to this effort.

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MINH'S FIRST PAPER NOW OUT IN CHEMCOMM

April 3, 2020

With the final data collected just hours before the COVID-19 shutdown, Minh reports the first zirconium cyclobutadienyl complex. The synthesis is enabled exclusively through a photochemical approach. Congratulations, Minh!

Click on the picture to the right for a link to the paper.

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MILSMANN LAB ENTERING COVID-19 SHUTDOWN

March 18, 2020

As of today, all research facilities at WVU will be closed until further notice.

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THE NEXT MILESTONE: AN AIR-STABLE ZIRCONIUM PHOTOSENSITIZER PUBLISHED IN NATURE CHEMISTRY

March 16, 2020

Our most recent paper in collaboration with the Castellano group at North Carolina State University and the Scholes lab at Princeton reveals the nature of the emission in our zirconium complexes and introduces an air-stable photocatalyst based on the Earth-abundant metal zirconium.

Click on the picture to the right for a link to the paper.

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MILSMANN LAB NOW ON TWITTER

March 16, 2020

The Milsmann Lab has an official Twitter account now. Follow us at @MilsmannLab.

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2019

CARSTEN AT PRINCETON

August 29, 2019

His seminar highlights zirconium as a sustainable design element toward photo-active molecules of the future.

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JOHN R. CONARD FELLOWSHIP FOR BRETT HAKEY

August 15, 2019

The John R. Conard Fellowhip is the chemistry department's highest honor for graduate students. Brett is the recipient of this year's award and is recognized for his outstanding performance in research and scholarship. Félicitations!

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FOLLOWING THE (UNUSUAL) IRON NARRATIVE

May 28, 2019

Brett takes the audience on a reactivity roller coaster of his high-spin ferrous complex in this Inorganic Chemistry article. Well done!

Click on the picture to the right for a link to the paper.

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LOOK OUT WORLD, HERE COMES DR. ZHANG

April 16, 2019

Yu passed his Ph.D. dissertation defense, making him the first Ph.D. graduate from the Milsmann Lab. Well done!

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YU AT ACS ORLANDO

March 31 - April 4, 2019

Yu gives a talk on the reactivity of his new air- and moisture-stable zirconium catalyst.

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CARSTEN AND BRETT AT THE INORGANIC REACTION MECHANISMS GRC

March 9 - 15, 2019

Brett presents a poster on his work with pyridine dipyrrolide iron complexes at the meeting in Galveston, TX.

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ACS-DIC STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD

February 12, 2019

Kudos to Yu for receiving $450 toward his trip to Orlando in March.

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ANOTHER STEP IN DESIGNING EARTH-ABUNDANT PHOTOACTIVE MOLECULES

January 8, 2019

In this intriguing case study, Yu presents group 4 complexes with photoluminescence even in solution at room temperature. Congratulations, Yu!

Click on the picture to the right for a link to the paper.

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2018

TEAM MILSMANN AT THE OHIO INORGANIC WEEKEND

November 9 - 10, 2018

Brett talks about his exploration of metal ligand multiple bonds in pyrdidine dipyrrolide iron complexes while Yu and Minh present posters on their most recent work on molecular photosensitizers.

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MINH IS OFFICIALLY A PHD CANDIDATE!

October 15, 2018

The language enthusiast turned scientist passes her oral exam and written proposal.

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NEW PAPER OUT IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

September 26, 2018

Check out Brett’s Inorganic Chemistry ASAP on the rare ground state configurations for Fe(II). Great work, Brett!

Click on the picture to the right for a link to the paper.

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BRETT, CARSTEN, MINH, AND YU AT ACS BOSTON

August19 - 23, 2018

Yu gives a talk on tuning the optical and electrochemical properties of zirconium based photosensitizer. Minh and Brett both have posters selected for Sci-Mix

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BRETT & MINH RECEIVE THE C. EUGENE BENNETT FELLOWSHIP

August 17, 2018

The C. Eugene Bennett Fellowship provides a merit-based financial supplement to WVU chemistry graduate students who have distinguished themselves through research and/or teaching. A well deserved award for Brett and Minh.

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MINOR STRUCTURAL CHANGE AND MAJOR REACTIVITY DIFFERENCE

June 6, 2018

Yu’s new Organometallics story shows that the little details may have big influence on chemical behavior. 

Click on the picture to the right for a link to the paper.

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MINH IS AMONG TEN FINALISTS AT WVU’S 2018 THREE-MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION

April 12, 2025

Graduate students present their research topic and its significance to a general audience in three minutes and using just one static slide.

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A FOLLOW-UP STUDY ON OUR FIRST PUBLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE IN JACS

January 22, 2018

In this article published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Yu provides “Mechanistic Insight into Photoinduced Single-Electron Transfer”. The study allows a deeper understanding of the photoredox reactivity of zirconium photosensitizers first discovered in our lab in 2016.

Click on the picture to the right for a link to the paper.

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