Kaining Duanmu Successfully Defended His Ph. D. Thesis

September 7, 2016

Kaining defenseOn 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.