Welcome to the Vela Research Group

Group news:

12/15/2017 - Congrats to graduating PhD Long Men. We wish him good luck at his new position with Global Foundries in upstate New York!

12/5/2017 - Awarded US Patent No. 9,834,856 on Controlled Fabrication of Semiconductor-Metal Hybrid Nano-Heterostructures via Site-Selective Metal Photodeposition. Congrats Purnima!

11/23/2017 - Congrats to Art and Alan for getting their filled tetrahedral semiconductors paper accepted in Chem. Eur. J.!

11/20/2017 - Welcome new graduate students Marquix Adamson, Yunhua Chen (co-advised with Aaron Rossini), and Philip Yox (co-advised with Kirill Kovnir), and new undergraduate student Blake Richards (ISU Honors Research Program).

10/17/2017 - JV gives plenary lecture at POLYMAT 2017 conference in Huatulco, Mexico!

09/10/2017 - Paper describing a new general synthesis of chalcogenide and pnictide nanocrystals from the silylative deoxygenation of metal oxides accepted in J. Mater. Chem. A! Congrats to Chia-Cheng and Shannon!

09/07/2017 - JV part of the 2017-2018 cohort at ISU’s Emerging Leaders Academy!

07/17/2017 - JV travels to Brazil to participate as a Young Observer in the IUPAC General Assembly and Congress in São Paulo.

07/06/2017 - We are extremely happy to announce that Art White has been selected as a finalist to participate in the highly prestigious Reaxys PhD Prize competition to take place in Shanghai next Oct 19–20, 2017!. This was an extremely competitive process, with finalists coming from the top universities in the world. Super congrats Art!!!

07/03/2017 - Collaborative paper on the photoinduced trans-to-cis phase transition of polycrystalline azobenzene published in ChemPhysChem. Congrats Ujjal, Danny and Long!

06/30/2017 - Congrats to Brett, Long, Himashi, and Ujjal for getting their paper on germanium–tin/cadmium sulfide nanocrystals with enhanced NIR photoluminescence published in Chem. Mater.!

06/01/2017 - Congrats to Liang, Long, Jigang, and team for getting their ultrafast terahertz study of excitonic Rydberg states and electronic coherence in organolead halide perovskites published in Nature Communications!

05/30/2017 - Welcome summer visitors:

Prof. Joselyn del Pilar, Ariana Alvarez, and Jonathan Hernandez from San Antonio A&M, Ames Lab Visiting Faculty program

Allie Roth from Avila University, Ames Lab SULI program

Raiven Balderas from UT Rio Grande Valley, USDA intern

Ang Li from Beijing Normal University, exchange scholar

05/22/2017 - Art and Alan successfully complete first work visit to the Molecular Foundry’s robotic synthesis user facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

05/05/2017 - Congrats to graduating senior Noreen Gentry!

05/03/2017 - JV nominated to ISU’s Emerging Leaders Academy.

05/01/2017 - Collaborative project with Jim Evans and Wenyu Huang receives seed funding from ISU’s Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant (PIRS) program.

04/27/2017 - Congrats to Art White for receiving Honorable Mention in the Link Energy Fellowship competition!

04/26/2017 - JV is the proud recipient of an LAS Institutional Service Award!

04/21/2017 - Congrats to Art White for being accepted to present a poster at the North American Solid State Chemistry Conference (NASSCC), to be held at UC Santa Barbara in August 2017.

04/13/2017 - Congrats to Noreen for deciding to pursue her graduate studies at Yale!

04/02/2017 - Vela group descends in the Bay Area to attend the Spring ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.

03/29/2017 - Congrats to Art White for receiving the Noble Hines Fellowship and to Bryan Rosales for receiving the Edward V. Sayre Chemistry Scholarship!

03/27/2017 - JV selected as a Young Observer to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s (IUPAC) General Assembly and World Chemistry Congress in São Paulo, Brazil in July 2017.

03/17/2017 - Congrats to Noreen Gentry for receiving Honorable Mention during the NSF Graduate Fellowship competition!

03/13/2017 - Congrats to Art White for receiving the DIC Travel Award!

03/09/2017 - LAS article featuring Kate, Noreen, Alec and JV appears in Link Alumni Magazine.

03/03/2017 - Perspective on lead halide perovskites with the Smith and Rossini groups published in ACS Energy Letters!

Check out our accompanying video commentary HERE!

03/01/2017 - Art White named among ten finalists who will compete at the Graduate and Professional Students’ Research Conference (GPSRC) to be held at the Memorial Union on April 12, 2017

02/03/2017 - Congrats to Art White for receiving the Brown Graduate Fellowship!

01/19/2017 - JV receives the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community faculty award!

01/17/2017 - JV receives Big XII Faculty Fellowship for a short work visit to the Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin.

12/13/2016 - Paper on the use of ATTO dyes to probe CdS-Au photocatalytic activity published in J. Phys. Chem. C. Congrats Ujjal, Long, Bryan and Sam!

11/25/2016 - Paper on the photophysical properties of mixed-halide organolead perovskite nanocrystals published in J. Mater. Chem. C. Congrats Danny, Long and Sadie!

11/16/2016 - Inclusive classrooms get a boost from 1352 Gilman portraits project.

11/14/2016 - Welcome Carena Daniels, Alan Medina-Gonzalez, and Lin Wei into the group!

11/01/2016 - Invited perspective on our group’s approach to the synthetic development of low dimensional materials published in Chem. Mater. Congrats Long, Art, Himashi and Bryan!

10/20/2016 - Communication on low temperature synthesis, coloring and superior thermoelectric properties of a new cubic polytype of LiZnSb accepted in JACS. Congrats Art!

09/23/2016 - Congrats to PhD Candidate Bryan Rosales for passing his preliminary program of study oral exam!

09/08/2016 - Nandomains work on mixed-halide perovskites highlighted by Ames Lab.

08/01/2016 - Bryan and JV present group’s latest work on mixed-halide perovskites and Nowotny-Juza phases, and hang out with Purnima, at Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals GRC in Mount Snow, VT.

07/25/2016 - Paper on probing the microstructure of organolead mixed-halide perovskites by 207Pb ssNMR published in Chem. Mater. Congrats Bryan, Sarah, Mike and Aaron!

07/16/2016 - Miles Art White presents his latest work on Nowotny-Juza phases at the Solid State Chemistry GRS and GRC in New London, NH.

06/23/2016 - Josie and JV present group’s latest work on molecular programming and Nowotny-Juza phases at Inorganic Chemistry GRC in Biddeford, ME.

06/01/2016 - Welcome summer visitors Prof. Tulay Atesin, Reymundo Gonzalez and Casandra Barnes from UT Rio Grande Valley, Jiabao Guo from Beijing Normal University, and Abby Espinosa-Gonzalez-Bellolio from Des Moines North High School.

05/25/2016 - Congrats to PhD Graduate Elham Tavasoli for her recent promotion to Corporate Innovation at Estée Lauder!

05/20/2016 - Congrats to PhD Candidate Art White for passing his preliminary program of study oral exam!

05/05/2016 - Congrats to our latest PhD Graduate Michelle Thompson. We wish her the best in her new position at ISU EH&S!

04/27/2016 - Congrats to Josie Del Pilar for her new tenure-track, assistant professor position at Texas A&M - San Antonio!

04/22/2016 - Congrats to Josie Del Pilar, Bryan Rosales and Art White for being selected to speak at the Graduate Research Seminars on Inorganic Chemistry, Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Solid State Chemistry, respectively, this coming summer!

04/11/2016 - Congrats to Sam Alvarado for his new tenure-track, assistant professor position at UW River Falls!

03/30/2016 - Congratulations to Art White for receiving Honorific Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition, and for being a Cotton-Uphaus finalist!

03/23/2016 - Congrats to graduate student awardees Michelle Thompson (Alpha Chi Sigma), Art White (Noble Hines and Teaching Excellence) and Himashi Andaraarachchi (Women Scholarship)!

03/18/2016 - Congrats to Noreen Gentry for receiving the LAS Spedding Scholarship!

03/12-17/2016 - Group travels to San Diego for Spring ACS National Meeting, newly elected Ames Local Section Councilor JV attends International Activities and At Large Councilors meetings.

02/05/2016 - Paper on CZTS nanorods doped with tetrahedral, high spin transition metal dications published in Chem. Mater. Congrats Michelle, Kyle, Sarah, Malinda, Josie and Seth!

01/27/16 - Paper on solution phase synthesis of filled tetrahedral semiconductor nanocrystals published in Chem. Commun. Congrats Art and Michelle!

12/04/15 - Congrats to Long Men and Himashi Andaraarachchi for passing their PhD candidacy preliminary exams!

11/09/15 - Paper on phase-programmed nanofabrication of nickel phosphide nanocrystals using organophosphite precursors published in Chem. Mater. Congrats Himashi, Michelle, Art, and Huajun!

10/19/2015 - JV presents group’s research at POLYMAT 2015 in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico.

10/07/2015 - JV named Equity Advisor for the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

10/05/2015 - JV’s address to Colegas’ yearly welcoming reception published by Iowa State Daily.

08/16-20/2015 - JV presents group’s research at the IMRC in Cancun, Mexico; gives tutorial to students on ethics in paper writing.

08/13/2015 - Michelle Thompson attends EPR Training Workshop at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

08/13/2015 - Congrats to Chia-Cheng (John) Lin on his new postdoctoral position with Prof. Charles McCrory at the University of Michigan.

07/31/2015 - Farewell to former group postdoc Feng Zhu. We will miss you.

07/21/2015 - Full paper on trisubstituted phosphine chalcogenide bond energetics published in Organometallics. Congrats Sam, Ian and Huajun!

07/01/2015 - JV officially becomes an associate professor with tenure.

06/25/2015 - Congrats to our new NSF-AGEP Graduate Research Fellow Bryan Rosales!

06/18/2015 - Congrats to Sam Alvarado on his new position at Carthage College.

06/15/2015 - Welcome ACS Project SEED students Abdisalan Omar from Roosevelt HS (Stanley Group), Abby Espinosa-Gonzalez Bellolio from North HS (Smith Group), and Omar Medina from Marshalltown HS (Huang group).

06/12/2015 - Postdoc Fellow Dr. Josie del Pilar-Albaladejo accepted to SACNAS-AAAS Summer Leadership Institute in Washington, DC. Congrats Josie!

06/04/2015 - Paper on the chemistry and instability of nanocrystalline Cu3N accepted in Inorganic Chemistry. Congrats Malinda, Arthur and Michelle!

06/02/2015 - Nano domains effort on the synthesis and single particle photoluminescence of low dimensional perovskites highlighted by BES.

05/27/2015 - JV promoted to associate professor with tenure.

05/26/2015 - Welcome summer visitors Prof. Yuanbing Mao and Jairah Shaikh from UT Pan Am (soon to be UT Rio Grande Valley), and Victoria Gilchrist from Prairie View A&M University.

05/19/2015 - Congrats to Bryan Rosales for winning the Hellwig Award!

05/04/2015 - Congrats to Malinda Reichert for successfully defending her PhD thesis! We wish her good luck in her new position at Siegwerk!

04/24/2015 - Congrats to Sam Alvarado for receiving the ISU Research Excellence Award, Malinda Reichert for receiving the Alpha Chi Sigma Award, Chia-Cheng (John) Lin for receiving the Sayre scholarship, Michelle Thompson for receiving the Nelson scholarship, and Bryan Rosales for receiving the Moore scholarship. Way to go Vela group!

04/23/2015 - Congrats to JV for his promotion to associate professor with tenure!

04/16/2015 - Congrats to Sam Alvarado and Chia-Cheng (John) Lin for successfully defending their PhD theses.

04/07/2015 - Congrats to Kuangcai and John for their paper on multishell Au/Ag/SiO2 nanorods with tunable optical properties for Single Particle Orientation and Rotational Tracking (SPORT).

03/31/2015 - Congrats to former undergraduate researcher Haley Albright for receiving an NSF Graduate Fellowship to pursue a chemistry PhD at the University of Michigan. Way to go Haley!

03/23/2015 - Congrats to Malinda Reichert for receiving the Inorganic Division Travel Award to attend the Denver ACS!

02/12/2015 - Paper on the shape evolution and single particle luminescence of organometal halide perovskite nanocrystals accepted in ACS Nano. Congrats Feng, Long, Qiaochu and Ujjal!

01/12/2015 - Welcome undergraduate chemistry researcher Noreen Gentry into the group!

01/01/2015 - Welcome AGEP Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Joselyn Del Pilar-Albaladejo and first year Honors student Nicole Kraft into the group!


The group and friends at Big Creek State Park, July 2017