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The Aikens Research Laboratory

Aikens Research Group
Kansas State University
Department of Chemistry
213 CBC Building
1212 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Office: CBC 428


Phone Numbers
Office: 785-532-0954
Lab: 785-532-3189
Fax: 785-532-6666
Email: cmaikens@ksu.edu

Research Overview

Two of the major research aims in the Aikens group involve developing a theoretical understanding of the relationship between structure and properties of nanomaterials. These research areas include the structure and spectroscopic properties of gold and silver nanoparticles and nanoparticle arrays and the reactivity of nanostructured metal oxide particles.  A longer description of the research in the group is provided here.

 

Group News

June 2018 - Ravithree's paper on Au38 relaxation dynamics is now published in JPCC

June 2018 - Fahri's paper on TD-DFT and TD-DFTB studies of silver nanorods and nanorod dimers has been published in JPCC.  It was selected for Cover Art AND for ACS Editor's Choice.  Great job, Fahri!

June 2018 - Best wishes to Ravithree as she leaves to begin her postdoc in the Cramer group at Minnesota!

May 2018 - Natasha's paper on CD of phosphine-protected Au11 and Au8 clusters and a collaborative paper with the Xiaosong Li paper over plasmon transfer are now published in JPCC.  

April 2018 - Congratulations to Ravithree for successfully defending her Ph.D.  Way to go!

April 2018 - Congratulations to Olivia Hull on receiving a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.  Fantastic job, Olivia!

March 2018 - Welcome back to Dimuthu, who joins the Aikens group as a Research Assistant.  Great to have you back!

March 2018 - Ravithree presented her nonadiabatic dynamics research at the National ACS meeting in New Orleans.  Fahri presented his TD-DFTB work on silver nanorod arrays and his doping work on Au25.  Great job, everyone!

February 2018 - Dimuthu's articles on Ag25 luminescence and review article on gold and silver nanoclusters are now published

December 2017 - Ravithree's article with the Di Sun group is now published

November 2017 - Welcome to Olivia and Zhen, new graduate students in the Aikens group!

October 2017 - Aikens, Liu, Smith, Schmit, Comer, and Andresen groups awarded NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant!

October 2017 - Best wishes to Natasha as she leaves to begin her postdoc in the Benny Gerber group at UC Irvine!

October 2017 - Christine Aikens receives the 2017 Commerce Bank and W. T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award!

October 2017 - Congratulations to Dimuthu on successfully defending her Ph.D.!

September 2017 - Fahri's paper on electronic structure effects of doping Au25 with transition metals has been accepted in Nanoscale.  It was chosen for the 2017 HOT Article Collection.  Great job!

September 2017 - Congratulations to Natasha on successfully defending her Ph.D.!

August 2017 - Natasha's paper on MCD of phosphine-protected Au8 clusters is now published in JPCC

June 2017 - Dimuthu's paper on luminescence of Au38 and Au22 nanoclusters is now published in JPCC.  Congratulations, Dimuthu! 

June 2017 - A collaborative paper with Xiaosong Li's group regarding contributions of molecular vibrations to plasmon decay has been published in JPCC

May 2017 - Congratulations to new B.S. graduates Marquix Adamson (soon to be graduate student at Iowa State) and Hannah Devore (Pfizer).  Best wishes in the future!

April 2017 - Congratulations to former group members Emilie Guidez (Ph.D. 2014) and Makenzie Provorse (B.S. 2009) who will be starting Assistant Professorships at the University of Colorado - Denver and the University of Central Arkansas.  Best wishes!

April 2017 - Ravithree, Dimuthu, and Natasha gave oral presentations at the National ACS meeting in San Francisco.  Congratulations!

March 2017 - Christine Aikens presented the Kroto Lecture in Chemical Physics at Florida State University

March 2017 - Brandon's paper on the interaction of silver clusters with DNA has just been published in APL Materials

February 2017 - Natasha, Ravithree, and Dimuthu presented their research at the Kansas Physical Chemistry Symposium

November 2016 - Welcome to Pratima and Gowri, new graduate students in the Aikens group!

November 2016 - Ravithree's and Natasha's papers have been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.  Great job!

November 2016 - Welcome to Dr. Fahri Alkan, new postdoctoral research associate in the Aikens group!

October 2016 - Great job to Ravithree, Natasha, Dimuthu, Marquix, and Katie who presented research at the Midwest ACS meeting!

September 2016 - Amendra's paper on water splitting on manganese oxide cubane complexes has been published in JPCC

August 2016 - Dimuthu's paper on luminescence of Au25(SR)18- nanoparticles has been published in JACS.  Congratulations!

August 2016 - Dimuthu presented her research at the National ACS meeting in Boston.  Great job, Dimuthu!

August 2016 - Best wishes to Andre and Mike as they start their positions at UMKC (as professor and as graduate student)!

July 2016 - Dimuthu, Natasha, and Ravithree presented their research at the International Symposium on Theoretical Chemical Physics (ISTCP).  Nice job!

June 2016 - Amendra's newest paper about ligand exchange on Au38(SR)24 nanoparticles has been published in JPCC

May 2016 - Congratulations to Andre, who will be a professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City this fall.  Best wishes!

April 2016 - Congratulations to Amendra who started his position as a postdoc in the Batista group at Yale.  Best wishes!

March 2016 - Dimuthu's paper on ligand effects on Au20(SR)16 and Amendra and Tyler's paper on water splitting on a manganese dimer complex are now published!

March 2016 - Ravithree presented her research at the National ACS meeting in San Diego.  Great job!

January 2016 - Amendra's paper on photochemistry of DPP compounds has been published in JPCA

January 15, 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Amendra Fernando Hewa Dewage, who just successfully defended his Ph.D.!  Way to go!

December 2015 - Dimuthu and Ravithree presented their research at the annual Kansas Physical Chemistry Symposium

November 2015 - Amendra's paper on water splitting on a Mn dimer complex treated with multiconfigurational methods is now published in PCCP

October 2015 - Amendra, Dimuthu, and Ravithree presented their research about gold nanoparticles and polysilo-acenes at the Midwest Regional ACS meeting.  Great job!

September 2015 - Tack's paper on optical properties of highly symmetric gold nanoparticles is published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C

September 2015 - Amendra's papers on the photochemistry of DHI compounds and on ligand exchange on the Au25(SR)18 nanoparticle are now published!

August 2015 - Christine Aikens presented the Journal of Physical Chemistry A Lectureship at the PHYS division Awards symposium in Boston

August 2015 - Congratulations to Brian Barngrover (Ph.D. 2015) who started a position as Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University!  We will miss you!