FSU Young Faculty Awarded Research Grants

Professors Eugene DePrince and Kenneth Hanson were awarded two research grants each just one year after beginning their faculty appointments at FSU!

Both DePrince and Hanson have been recognized by American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator grants. Specifically, the award to DePrince will fund computational studies of the optical and electronic properties of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The DePrince group will study the effects of intermolecular interactions on the optical properties of these materials. The award to Hanson will fund research on absolute stereocontrol of prochiral substrates with chiral excited state proton transfer dyes. The Hanson group will explore the use of light induced increases in acidity to drive chiral chemical reactions using substrates relevant to petroleum processing. This work could open the door to a new class of light driven reactions for applications in natural product synthesis, polymerization, and others.

Prof. DePrince also has received a Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Phase I award from the Army Research Office. The award will fund the development of two-electron reduced-density-matrix (2-RDM) based electronic structure methods. The DePrince group will work with Q-Chem, Inc. to develop parallel 2-RDM-based software to describe the properties of molecules and materials exhibiting strong electron correlation.

The second award to Prof. Hanson has come from U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Program. The award will support studies on asymmetric electron transfer rates at organic-inorganic hybrid interfaces via self-assembled bilayers. The proposed research is on new methods to control electron transfer between organic and inorganic materials with the goal of preferentially facilitating electron transfer in one direction and slowing the unwanted reverse process. Being able to control the directionality of electron transfer at these interfaces is relevant to a number of applications including organic electronics, solar energy conversion, sensing, and development of new hybrid materials.

Follow the links to learn more about the projects pursued in the DePrince and Hanson research groups.

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