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Sibener Group News

2017


September 12th, 2017
Congratulations to graduate student Darren Veit for winning the 3rd place poster award at the 2017 Prairie Chapter Annual Meeting of the AVS for his presentation entitled "Oxygen Dissolution, Surface Oxide Reconstructions, and Nanohydride Precipitates on Nb-(100)"

September 12th, 2017
Belated congratulations to Professor Ken Nicholson, former Sibener Group postdoctoral scholar, whom has been granted tenure in the Department of Chemistry at North Eastern Illinois University!

August 28th, 2017
Congratulations to graduate student Becca Thompson whom has been elected Chair of the 2019 Gordon Research Seminar associated with the Gordon Research Conference on Dynamics at Surfaces.

June 19th, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Jong-in Hahm, former Sibener Group graduate student, whom has been promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Georgetown University!

May 17th, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Miriam Freedman, former Sibener Group graduate student, whom has been granted tenure in the Department of Chemistry at Penn State University!

May 17th, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Daniel Killelea, former Sibener Group postdoctoral scholar, whom has been granted tenure in the Department of Chemistry at Loyola University of Chicago!

May 12th, 2017
Congratulations to graduate student Becca Thompson for being awarded The Edith Barnard Memorial Fellowship in Chemistry.

May 5th, 2017
Congratulations to Ross Edel whom has been awarded a 2017 Windt Graduate Student Travel Award

May 5th, 2017
Congratulations to Kevin Nihill whom has been awarded a 2017 Windt Graduate Student Travel Award

May 5th, 2017
Congratulations to Tim Csernica whom has been chosen to receive The Norman H. Nachtrieb Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Studies of Chemistry for 2017

May 5th, 2017
Congratulations to Becca Thompson whom has been chosen to reveive The Joan Shiu Chemistry Department Student Service Award for 2017

May 5th, 2017
Congratulations to Ali McMillan whom has been chosen to receive The Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award in General Chemistry for 2017

March 21st, 2017
Congratulations to Kevin Nihill and Zack Hund for having their paper selected as a Journal of Chemical Physics 2016 Editor's Choice Award! Their paper was chosen as one of the most innovative and influential articles published in JCP for 2016.
"Experimental and Theoretical Study of Rotationally Inelastic Diffraction of H2(D2) from Methyl-Terminated Si(111)"
http://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.4961257

February 6th, 2017
Congratulations to Grant Langlois on his doctoral defense!
"Time-Resolved Surface Dynamics: Directed Reactivity, Extraterrestrial Ices, and Nerve Agent Simulants"

January 4th, 2017
Congratulations to first year graduate student Michelle Brann, who has accepted appointment as an Associate to the Committee on Younger Chemists of the American Chemical Society for 2017. This is a joint committee of the Council and Board of Directors of the ACS.

January 3rd, 2017
Congratulations to graduate student Tim Grabnic, who has passed his second year candidacy exam in the Department of Chemistry.



2016


December 20th, 2016
Steve is pleased to announce that he has accepted appointment to the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Chemical Physics.

November 30th, 2016
The Sibener Group welcomes a new member: first-year graduate student Julia Murphy!

November 9th, 2016
Grant Langlois wins one of the elite 2016 American Vacuum Society (AVS) National Graduate Student Research Awards for his doctoral studies on the chemistry of molecules embedded in ice.

November 3rd, 2016
Congratulations to graduate student Becca Thompson, who has won the 2016 Midwest Society of Cosmetic Chemists Graduate Scholarship for her work on ice chemistry, clathrates, and adsorbate oxidation kinetics.

November 1st, 2016
Congratulations to graduate student Sarah Brown, who has has passed her second year candidacy exam in the Department of Chemistry.

October 1st, 2016
The Sibener Group welcomes a new member: first-year graduate student Allison McMillan!

October 1st, 2016
The Sibener Group welcomes a new member: first-year graduate student Michelle Brann!

September 26th, 2016
New $22.6M NSF Science and Technology Center Announced, the Center for Bright Beams. Click the following link for more information:
https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2016/09/26/collaboration-seeks-enhance-accelerator-technology-lower-costs/

September 8th, 2016
Congratulations to Ross Edel for winning the First Prize Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the 2016 Prairie Chapter Meeting of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). His poster was entitled "Temporally and Spatially Resolved Oxidation of Si(111)-(7x7) Using Kinetic Energy Controlled Supersonic Beams in Combination with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy."

July 25th, 2016
Congratulations to Professor Sibener for being elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Steve was cited for his contributions to science and the profession as well as for his contributions to the ACS community:

Contribution to the science profession: Recognized for seminal studies of gas-surface interactions utilizing supersonic molecular beams and scanning probe microscopy with theory and simulations to elucidate the fundamental, underlying atomic-level chemistry and dynamics of interfaces.

The ACS community:Recognized for leadership in chemistry education for students and the public, including creating content for interactive and web-based museum exhibits that showcase chemistry and molecular reactivity to more than 1 million people annually.

July 18th, 2016
Congratulations to Sibener Group alumna Dr. Wenxin Li for her new position as staff scientist at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

June 24th, 2016
Congratulations to Professor Sibener for being elected a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) "for contributions in the quest of developing a molecular-level understanding of surface chemistry through the study of structures, motions, and reactions at solid surfaces."

June 1st, 2016
Congratulations to Sibener Group alumna Dr. Miki Nakayama for her new position as staff scientist at EAG following completion of her postdoctoral research at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

May 23rd, 2016
Congratulations to graduate student Grant Langlois for being awarded The Seymour Goodman Fellowship.

May 23rd, 2016
Congratulations to graduate student Jonathan Raybin for being awarded The Charles H. Viol Fellowship.

May 1st, 2016
The Sibener Group offers congratulations and bids farewell to undergraduate Katherine Oosterbaan as she begins her graduate studies in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

January 11th, 2016
Congratulations to postdoc Bryan Wiggins, who has accepted a position at Intel.



2015


November 24th, 2015
The Sibener group welcomes two new members: first-year graduate students Sarah Brown and Tim Grabnic!

November 4th, 2015
Congratulations to graduate student Kevin Nihill, who has won the 2015 Midwest Society of Cosmetic Chemists Graduate Scholarship for his work on the interfacial dynamics of hydrocarbon-decorated semiconductor interfaces.

November 3rd, 2015
Congratulations to graduate students Becca Thompson and Ross Edel, who have passed their second year candidacy exams in the Department of Chemistry.

October 12th, 2015
Welcome to Dr. Jacob Graham, the Sibener Group's newest postdoctoral scholar. Jacob received his doctorate in Physical Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University working in the lab of Kit Bowen.

July 22nd, 2015
Congratulations to Wenxin Li on her doctoral defense!
"Interactions of Atomic and Molecular Species with Ice and Self-Assembled Monolayers"

July 21st, 2015
Congratulations to Zack Hund on his doctoral defense!
"Atomic Scattering from Methyl-Terminated Si and Ge"

July 2nd, 2015
Professor Sibener is honored with a special Festschrift issue in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

Featuring contributions from over 30 colleagues from around the world. Click on each of the links below to be directed to the respective preface article:

A Tribute to Steven J. Sibener

Steven J. Sibener - A Brief Scientific Memoir

Colleagues of Steven J. Sibener

Click on the cover to the left or here to go to the issue.

May 18, 2015
Congratulations to Kevin Nihill, winner of both the Joan Shiu Chemistry Department Student Services Award and the PSD Teaching Award for 2015!

May 1, 2015
Professor Sibener was featured in his role as Director and participant in the university's Institute for Molecular Engineering Water Research Initiative in the Cover Story of the University of Chicago Magazine (May-June 2015) entitled "Thirsty Planet".

March 20, 2015
Congratulations to Bryan Wiggins for being chosen to give a research presentation at the inaugural Rising Stars of Chemistry Symposium at The University of Chicago, June 8, 2015.

March 11, 2015
The Water Research Initiative of the Institute for Molecular Engineering adds a sixth research project to the original five that received funding last year.

January 23, 2015
Professor Sibener discusses global water issues in an interview on GreenSense Radio:



Find out more about the Water Research Initiative here.

January 7, 2015
The Sibener group welcomes two new members: first-year graduate students Becca Thompson and Ross Edel!

January 5, 2015
Professor Sibener (along with IME director Matt Tirrell) is featured as a guest on the WBEZ 91.5 Chicago show "Afternoon Shift," addressing global water scarcity and the University of Chicago's recent efforts to tackle the problem on a molecular level. Listen to the broadcast here. Find out more about the Water Research Initiative here.

January 4, 2015
Professor Sibener is featured in a front-page Chicago Tribune article addressing the University of Chicago's partnership with Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as part of the University's new initiative on water research. View a plain-text version of the article here. Find out more about the Water Research Initiative here.



2014


October 27, 2014
Professor Sibener presented the Keynote Address at the Inaugural UChicago Undergraduate Research Symposium. The intent of this student organized symposium was to promote interdisciplinary, intellectual discourse among students, staff, and faculty of all disciplines. Steve spoke on the topic of water resource management from around the world and concluded with recent advances from the Sibener Group on the interactions of energetic atoms and molecules with interfacial ice.

September 30, 2014
Recent Sibener Group publication on how molecules become trapped in ice highlighted in the news by the American Institute of Physics via press release.



LINK (links to UChicago news report)

September 10, 2014
Congratulations to Jonathan Raybin for winning the First Prize Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the 2014 Prairie Chapter Meeting of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). His poster was entitled "Pattern Control in Diblock Co-Polymers and the Creation of Functional Nanomaterials for Trace Gas Localization and Detection."

May 13, 2014
Congratulations to Tuo Wang on his doctoral defense!
"Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy Study of Single Semiconductor Quantum Dots and Quantum Dot Aggregates"

May 7, 2014
Congratulations to Ryan Douglas Brown on his doctoral defense!
"The Structure, Dynamics, and Surface Vibrations of Methyl-Silicon(111) as Determined by Helium Atom Scattering and Complementary Techniques"

May 2, 2014
Congratulations to Jonathan Raybin for winning this year's Chemistry departmental Joan Shiu Award for Student Service.

April 1, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Hyung Ju Ryu, who has accepted a position as staff scientist at LG Chem, Republic of Korea

March 11, 2014
Congratulations to Gaby Avila-Bront for her Assistant Professorship at Holy Cross College.

March 11, 2014
Congratulations to Natalie Kautz for her new staff position at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

March 11, 2014
Congratulations to Qianqian Tong for her new staff position at Gas Discovery in Houston.

March 11, 2014
Congratulations to group alum Jim Becker for his new staff position at First Solar in Ohio.

March 4, 2014
Congratulations to Bryan Wiggins whom has been awarded a prestigious Provost's Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholarship.

February 12, 2014
Congratulations to Qianqian Tong on her doctoral defense!
"Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymer Thin Films: From Fundamental Science to Applications"

January 31, 2014
Congratulations to Gaby Avila-Bront on her doctoral defense!
"Molecular Monolayer Structures Formed on Vicinal Surfaces as Investigated by STM"



2013


November 12, 2013
Congratulations to Zack Hund for winning the Midwest Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Scholarship, 2013.

September 4, 2013
Congratulations to Zack Hund for winning the First Prize Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the 2013 Prairie Chapter Meeting of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). His poster was entitled "Interfacial Dynamics of a Hybrid Organic-Semiconductor Using Inelastic Helium Atom Scattering & Density Functional Perturbation Theory."

July 1, 2013
Professor Sibener appointed Director of the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering Water Research Initiative. LINK

May 13, 2013
Congratulations goes to Sibener Group members winning some of this year's departmental awards: Zack Hund (Joan Shiu Award), Kevin Nihill (Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award), Jonathan Raybin (Physical Sciences Division Teaching Award).



2012


December 4, 2012
Congratulations to Jonathan Raybin for winning a 2013 GAANN Fellowship.

September 6, 2012
Professor Sibener awarded the American Vacuum Society Prairie Chapter Outstanding Research Award, 2012. LINK



2011


September 7, 2011
Professor Sibener awarded the Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry, American Chemical Society National Award, 2012. LINK

September 1, 2011
Congratulations to Gaby Avila-Bront for winning the First Prize Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the 2014 Prairie Chapter Meeting of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). Her poster was entitled "Guiding the Formation of Single-Handed Enantiomeric Domains Using Kinked and Chiral Stepped Surfaces."

June 9, 2011
Congratulations to Qianqian Tong for being awarded the 2012-2013 Chenicek Fellowship for outstanding work by a graduate student in physical chemistry.