Chemists Cook Up Elusive Molecule for the First Time

Chemists Cook Up Elusive Molecule for the First Time — UC San Diego researchers verify decades-old predictions about transition-metal complexes —

Electron Transport and optical properties

Electron Transport and optical properties of single molecule in contact with conductive materials have attracted considerable attention because of their scientific importance and potential applications. We investigate effects of intramolecular Coulomb interaction on conductance and luminescence spectra using the nonequilibrium Hubbard Green’s function technique combined with first-principles calculations. Exciton binding energy (Coulomb interaction) shown to be crucial for reproducing recent experiments for a single phthalocyanine molecule. –

Scientists ‘Game’ for Remote-control Chemistry of the Future

Scientists ‘Game’ for Remote-control Chemistry of the Future –

Graduate student Matthew Du points to the “pink line,” indicating exciting results from the study. His colleagues Raphael Ribeiro (left), Joel Yuen-Zhou (top right) and Luis Martínez-Martínez look on. Photo by Michelle Fredricks, UC San Diego Physical Sciences

UC San Diego FulBright

Dear UCSD community, faculty and staff,

I would like to share the news that Global Education at UC San Diego will host its second annual Fulbright Day on Tuesday, April 9. Please pass this on!

There is an abundance of funding opportunities available for faculty and staff searchable by discipline, region or country; and, multiple grant programs for students, including undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students in approximately 140 countries!

We want to increase awareness of these prestigious funding opportunities and grants so please share the Fulbright Day 2019 information.

Fulbright Day, April 9 – Atkinson Pavilion/Faculty Club

  • Scholar Information Session: 10:30 am to 12 pm  
    • This is an opportunity for faculty, scholars and staff to learn about the 2020-2021 catalog of Fulbright awards and hear about the experiences from prior UC San Diego Fulbright participants.
  • Fulbright Luncheon: 12 – 1:30 pm
    • All participants from the scholar and student sessions, current International Fulbright students and scholars and special guests welcome to attend the complimentary lunch!  
  • Student Information Session: 1:30 – 3 pm 
    • The student information session is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about funding opportunities available to study and conduct research abroad, teach English in another country or complete their doctoral research abroad. Hear others share their experiences!

To RSVP to any of these complimentary events click HERE. Please help us spread the word amongst your colleagues, department, and staff.

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Figueroa published in Science Magazine

The diatomic molecule boron monofluoride (BF) is isoelectronic to carbon monoxide (CO), but far less stable. For decades, inorganic chemists have tried unsuccessfully to prepare a compound where BF is bound to a transition metal in a terminal fashion, which is a binding mode ubiquitous for CO. As recently published in Science Magazine, the Figueroa group has isolated the first compound featuring a terminally coordinated BF ligand, thereby ushering in a new era for the coordination chemistry of simple diatomic molecules. –

Prof. Xiong was selected to be one of three 2019 JPC/PHYS Lectureship Awardees

Prof. Xiong was selected to be one of the three 2019 JPC/PHYS Lectureship awardees and he will deliver his lecture at the Fall ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA

Trilateral Science Slams 2019

There will be a trilateral science slam involving young scientists from Germany, Russia and the US during the Cottrell Scholar Conference in Tucson, July 11. This event is part of the Germany Year in the United States and is cosponsored by the German Fulbright and Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The purpose is to disseminate new science findings in a fun atmosphere. The call for applications is now open, with a deadline of April 3:

Master of Microbial Biotechnology at NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina

Call for Applications: Trilateral Science Slams: Russia – Germany – United States

Please note that you may opt to compete in one or both science slams on the application form. For each slam, we are looking for six young scientists – two each from Germany, Russia, and the United States – in the fields of chemistry, physics or astronomy (other STEM subjects also welcome) to share their passion for science with a broad and intercultural audience at two unconventional and enjoyable evening events.

What is a trilateral science slam? A fun event with a succession of rapid-fire presentations featuring original research results by young scientists in their native languages (in Göttingen) or in English (in Tucson) – on stage in front of a live audience. It is a chance to let personality shine in a 10-minute performance. Slammers deliver an exciting and approachable version of otherwise complex research. And they compete for the hearts and minds of the audience, whose applause determines the winner!

What do you need? Original research results in your field. The courage and joy to share your passion for science with the general public. To take part in coaching sessions and rehearsals prior to the slams, you should be able to arrive in Göttingen on Friday, May 31 and remain until Tuesday, June 4 and/or arrive in Tucson on Monday, July 8 and remain until Friday, July 12. Applicants selected to participate in the slams will be provided round-trip travel (within Europe for Göttingen) to and accommodation in each city. You are responsible for making your own visa or ESTA arrangements.

How do you benefit? Personal coaching on presentation skills with experienced science slam show producers; close collaboration with a simultaneous interpreter (in Göttingen); an audience for your own research and exposure to others’ cutting-edge science; and networking with colleagues from other scientific fields and countries.

The slams take place during the Fulbright-Cottrell Junior Faculty Development Workshop, June 3-5 in Göttingen, and during the Cottrell Scholar Conference, July 10-12 in Tucson. Slammers are welcome to attend parts of the workshop and conference, respectively.

To apply and for more details on the Trilateral Science Slams, please visit:

Deadline for applications: April 3, 2019

UC San Diego Graduate and Professional Schools are Nation’s Best

U.S. News & World Report: UC San Diego Graduate and Professional Schools are Nation’s Best. Our Chemistry and Biochemistry doctoral program was ranked 20th in the nation!