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.

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The Team

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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