The Wittig Group

Curt Wittig

Curt Wittig

I was born and raised on the near north side of Chicago — brought nothing but misery into the lives of my teachers, and caused my parents to age at a quickened rate. Due to a clerical error, I got into the University of Illinois, first at Chicago (Navy Pier), then Urbana-Champaign, ultimately receiving the PhD in EE in 1970. Post­doc­tor­al work (EE at USC, Chemistry at Cambridge (UK) and Berkeley) was followed by a faculty appoint­ment in 1973 at USC in the EE Department.

Read more »

The Team

Stephanie McKean

Stephanie McKean

I grew up in Piedmont, California, in the beautiful Oakland Hills overlooking San Francisco. Un­til I took chemistry as a Junior in high school, my college plan was to major in French. Taking chemistry and then physics changed my mind (alongside the desire for eventual employment), and I enrolled at DePaul University, in Chicago, for the Fall of ’05.

Oscar Rebolledo-Mayoral

Oscar Rebolledo-Mayoral

In Spring 2006 I received a BS in Chemical Physics from UC San Diego with a minor in Law and Society. I also worked under the guidance of Stanley Opella and Amy Sung as a McNair Fellow on a collaborative project between the Biochemistry and Bioengineering departments. This research focused on method development for the isolation and purification of human Tropomyosin isoform 5 (hTM5) and its mutated homologues. NMR was used to shed light on the structure and mechanisms for malformation of hemoglobin to better understand diseases such as leukemia and sickle-cell anemia.

Chris Nemirow

Chris Nemirow

I grew up in Massachusetts and studied Chemistry and Math at Wor­ces­ter State, graduating in 2004. In 2003, I attended an ACS Sum­mer School for Nuclear and Radio Chemistry (held at San Jose State Uni­­ver­si­ty, funded by DOE): an intro­duction to par­­ti­cle phy­sics, nuclear power and med­icine, and en­vi­ron­­­men­tal radio­­chem­is­try. At Worcester, pitcher plants (Sarra­cenia pur­pur­ea) were stu­died using NMR, with results pre­sented at the Mass­a­chu­setts 10th Annual Undergraduate Confer­ence.

Jaimie Stomberg

Jaimie Stomberg

I graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Grinnell College in 2009. While an undergraduate, I car­ried out research in the Chemistry and Physics Departments at Grinnell, and spent the sum­mer of 2008 as an REU student at USC in the group of Professor Kyung Jung. This research was fo­cus­ed on the syn­the­si­s of novel ligands for palladium catalysts.

Bill Schroeder

Bill Schroeder

I received a B.S. in Chemistry in 2004 from Missouri Western State College (now Missouri Western State University) in St. Joseph, MO. My work there was focused in analytical and phy­sical chemistry, and I worked as an analytical chemist while completing my degree. During my time as an undergraduate, I did research at IUPUI in computational chemistry for Prof. Clif­ford Dykstra and at UNC-Chapel Hill in analytical/physical chemistry for Prof. Mark Schoenfisch.

Naihao Chiang

Naihao Chiang

I am an undergraduate majoring in Physics and Chemistry, as well as a program that will result in de­grees in Math­e­ma­tics and Econ­om­ics. From Fall 2007 to Fall 2008, I worked under the gui­d­ance of Pro­fes­sor Grace Lu in the Phy­sics De­partment. My reseach project there focused on the syn­the­sis of metal nano-wires by using an electric de­po­sition technique in porous an­o­dic aluminum ox­ide.

Jordan Fine

Jordan Fine

Born in Redlands, CA I grew up participating in a number of physical activities, like baseball, snowboarding, hunting …, that I still enjoy today. I graduated high school at sixteen and im­me­di­ately enrolled in community college, because I enjoyed school, but loathed the social environ­ment. At community college my love for math and science flourished. I am fascinated with phy­si­cal phenomena, and how they are mathematically modeled. I completed my under­graduate educa­tion at the University of California San Diego.

Stephanie McKean Naihao Chiang Bill Schroeder Jaimie Stomberg Chris Nemirow Oscar Rebolledo-Mayoral Jordan Fine

Current Projects

Cold Water

Cold Water

Curt Wittig and Hanna Reisler

Water presents daunting scientific challenges and at the same time it is of enor­mous so­cie­tal im­por­tance. There is more methane clath­rate in ocean sediments than all other natural gas reserves on earth com­­­bined. The good news is that a large energy supply is iden­­­tified that, upon combustion, has the lowest CO2 : H2O ratio of any hydrocarbon.

Read more...

Hydrocarbon Radicals

Hydrocarbon Radicals

The C2H radical is an excellent prototype for ex­am­­ining important phenomena: electronic states; curve crossings and nonadia­batic transitions; in­tra­molecular and disso­cia­tion dynam­ics; and so on. It is small enough to provide ex­peri­mental parent and product state resolution, and it is tractable at a high level of theory: both el­ec­tronic struc­ture and quantum me­chanical nuclear dy­nam­­ics, including non­adia­batic couplings.

Read more...

Research News

  • Dr. Curt Wittig is interviewd by Chemical and Engineering News on May 2, 2011. Link
  • Bill and Christi (Bradforth group) spent a glorious month in Berlin taking data at BESSY (Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung).
  • Oscar attended a IUPAC meeting in Glasgow where he presented our results from the Cold Water project.
  • The Conference on Molecular Energy Transfer held in Arcachon France (near Bordeaux) was attended by a number of group members (plus friends and spouses): Chris and Joy, Anton and Anna, Bill and Christi, Lee-Ann and Matt, and Jessica. The Heavy Metal Project: Hydride Dissociation was awarded first prize in the poster competition, and Anton was chosen to organize the next Student Symposium part of the conference.
  • Curt and Michele spent sabbaticals in New York (respectively Columbia and NYU) during the first half of 2010.
  • The 2009 Gordon Conference on Molecular Energy Transfer honored Curt's contributions in this area. Thanks go to Floyd Davis and Anna Krylov for organizing this.
  • Jaimie and Stephanie joined the Cold Water project.

© 2010-2013 Curt Wittig