On Sept. 6, 2016, Kaining Duanmu successfully defended his thesis, making a presentation mainly focused on his work on silver clusters. The photo shows him with his committee immediately after the exam – left to right: Chris Hogan, Don Truhlar, Kaining, Laura Gagliardi, and Chris Cramer.
Kaining’s Ph. D. research included
- water splitting on Fe(0)
- surface defects on reconstructed α-quartz exposed to oxygen
- geometries, structures, and energies of neutral and charged silver clusters
- geometries, binding energies, ionization potentials, electron affinities, and enthalpies of formation of neutral and charged magnesium clusters and nanoparticles
- size-dependent ligand quenching of ferromagnetism in superparamagnetic Co3(benzene)n+ clusters
He next moves on to a postdoctoral research position with Professor Phillippe Sautet at UCLA.