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FIRST COVER ARTWORK FOR THE GROUP

December 20, 2021

Brett and Dylan's article exploring the unusual magnetic properties of a square-planar iron-carbene complex was selected as the cover feature for the last 2021 issue of Inorganic Chemistry.

Artwork design by our collaborator Jon Darmon from the Chirik lab at Princeton.

Great work everyone!

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WELCOME TO TEAM MILSMANN!

December, 2021

Meet three new additions to the Milsmann lab: first year graduate students Blessing Bamisaye and Gage Jackson, plus 12-week-old Buckee (our youngest member to date).

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FLUORESCENT FUN AT THE CHILDREN’S CHEMISTRY SHOW

December 4, 2021

It's that time of the year for the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry annual show, inspired by the Faraday Christmas Lectures.
As part of the 75-minute demo, Carsten showed our young audience the chemistry behind glow sticks.

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EXAMINING LUMINESCENCE AT 2021 WVSTA

October 29, 2021

We put together a video for Dr. Spillane and Mr. Tilley to share at the 2021 West Virginia  Science Teachers Association Annual Conference.

(Brought to you by Low Budget Production)

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DYLANO, A.K.A. BIRTHDAY BOY

October 20, 2021

Happy Birthday to Dylan!!!
We helped Dylan to celebrate in style with peanut butter and chocolate cake, Canada Dry ginger ale, and Pocky.

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SATURDAY BBQ

August 7, 2021

Outdoor grilling chez Milsmann with grill master Carsten and pâtissier Valerie.
We had so much fun that no one took any picture. So here's an old stick drawing of team Milsmann 2018 for demonstration purposes :)

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BRETT'S PAPER PUBLISHED IN ZAAC

June 19, 2021

Strike three! Brett's most recent paper embodies true teamwork. Great synthetic work and leadership by Brett with support from his highly motivated undergraduate mentee Nick. Computational studies by Dylan highlighting the complex electronic structures. Important spectroscopic and crystallographic contributions from Jose and Jordan, respectively.

Lots of thanks also to Dr. Jon Darmon from the Chirik group at Princeton and our in-house WVU collaborators Prof. Jeff Petersen and Prof. Brian Dolinar.

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

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MAINTENANCE MONDAY

June 14, 2021

Just a few tangibles and intangibles beyond each paper's supplementary information
#teamwork

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THE CHEMISTRY OF HENNA / MEHNDI

June 12, 2021

It's been two months since we're fully vaccinated! To celebrate life, the chemist ladies from the Milsmann, Dolinar, Jackson and Li labs got together to test the chemistry of henna and learn about its significance in India and Bangladesh.

*Safety disclaimer: The world tested henna on human skin for 5000 years. We are not promoting using your colleagues as test subjects for your chemistry research.

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NEW GROUP WEBPAGE LAUNCHES

June 11, 2021

It only took 2 years and a worldwide pandemic, but the new group webpage is finally operational. Let's see how long it will last.

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NEW PAPER IN CHEMICAL SCIENCE

June 8, 2021

A new study published in collaboration with the Castellano group at North Carolina State University demonstrates the utility of our zirconium photosensitizers in photon upconversion with record-setting quantum efficiency.

Congrats to Castellano group members Mo Yang and Sara Sheykhi for their great work and to Milsmann Lab alumnus Yu Zhang, who developed these remarkable chromophores as part of his PhD work at WVU.

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

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WELCOME, SHENALY!

June 1, 2021

Shenaly Perera joins the Milsmann Lab as a first year graduate student. Originally from Sri Lanka, Shenaly entered the WVU chemistry graduate program in January 2021. Following her recent marriage and a short honeymoon, she will work on developing new main group chromophores.

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FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS ANDREW MARTINEZ!

May 25, 2021

The youngest (honorary) member of the Milsmann lab turned 4 today #trainthemyoung

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CARSTEN (VIRTUALLY) IN MARBURG

May 2, 2021

Carsten gave a virtual seminar at his undegraduate Alma Mater, Philipps University Marburg. Great to see some old faces and meet even more new people. Let's hope that travel will be possible again soon. Thank you to Dr. Istemi Kuzu for the invitation.

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MINH WINS 3RD PLACE AND PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD IN THE WVU 3 MINUTE THESIS COMPETITION

April 12, 2025

Minh clearly left an impression with the judges but even more so the audience with her presentation "Sustainable Chemistry Under the Sun". Three minutes is not much time for so much science. Fantastic job, Minh!

See her full presentation by clicking on the picture.

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CARSTEN (VIRTUALLY) AT THE ACS MEETING

April 12, 2021

In honor of the Gabor Somorjai Award for his post-doctoral advisor, Prof. Paul Chirik, Carsten presents the group's work on square-planar iron carbene complexes.

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MINH IN THE NEWS

April 9, 2021

Check out this nice profile of Minh by the WVU Office of Graduate Education and Life.

Click on the picture for a link.

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CAUTION

April 1, 2021

The reality of shift work and overnight reaction #TeamArt

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WELCOME MARISA AND MICHAEL

January, 2021

Marisa Tordella and Michael Inman join the Milsmann lab as new first year graduate students. Their work will focus on the photochemistry of zirconium complexes.

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