Welcome to the Blank Research Group in the Chemistry Department at the University of Minnesota.
Our research group investigates a variety of dynamic events in condensed media. The investigations range from basic chemical reaction dynamics in solution to energy and charge transfer dynamics in new materials with targets including applications in solar energy conversion. Our primary experimental tools are nonlinear time domain spectroscopies and this includes new methods developed in our laboratory. Computational tools such as time dependent density functional methods and molecular dynamics simulations are used to complement the experiments and aid in the interpretation of our data.
Recent News and Publications
Shi, K.; Curtin, I.; Healy, A.; Zhang, T.; Rai, D.; Blank, D.A.; Holmes, R.J. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2020, 124, 6, 3489–3495
Swedin, R.; Badgurjar, D.; Healy, A.; Harkins, R.; Greenlund, L.; Alshebber, M.; Ripp, N; Anderson, A.T.; Honzay, B.R.; Pappenfus, T.M.; Janzon, D.E.; Blank, D.A.; Gladfelter, W.L. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2020, 124, 28, 15565–15573.
Bader, T.K.; Xu, X.; Hodny M.H.; Blank, D.A.; Distefano, M.D. The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2019, 85, 3,1614–1625.
The Blank lab's own Michael Hodny won this years department of chemistry's chili cook off in the people's choice category. This event is organized by Laura Seifert and Lisa Jahr and raises money for the Nutritious "U" Pantry here on campus. Congratulations to Michael for his excellent chili cooking!
Congratulations to graduate student Meghan Knudtzon for winning the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Award. With this award she will take her studies on ionic liquids to Brookhaven National Lab under the supervision of James Wishart.
Michael Hodny has been named Head TA for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Through his hard work teaching, Michael has shown great promise as a TA for courses and has now been promoted to this valued position of Head TA. Congratulations Michael!
Graduate student Rachel Swedin won the Department of Chemistry's fourth year Phillips 66 Excellence Fellowship. For more information on award winners, click here. Congratulations Rachel!
*Photo credit to the Department of Chemistry
Zatsikha, Y.V; Didukh, N.O.; Swedin, R.K.; Yakubovskyi, V.P.; Blesener, T.S.; Healy, A.T.; Herbert, D.E.; Blank, D.A.; Nemykin, V.N.; Kovtun, Y.P. Organic Letters, 2019, 21, 5713-5718.
Rachel Swedin won the Paul and Gerda Gassman Award on June 4th, 2019. This award is a result of presentations on research to the department from graduate students completing their third year of graduate school here in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations Rachel!
*Photo credit to the Department of Chemistry
Oehrlein, A.N.; Sanchez-Diaz, A.; Goff, P.C.; Planells, M.; Robertson, N.; Blank, D.A.; Gladfelter, W.L. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 6991-6998.
Zatsikha, Y.V.; Swedin, R.K.; Healy, A.T.; Goff, P.C.; Didukh, N.O.; Blesener, T.S.; Kayser, M.; Kotvun, Y.P.; Blank, D.A.; Nemykin, V.N. Chem. Eur. J., 2019, 25, 8401-8414.
Swedin, R.K.; Zatsikha, Y.V. Healy, A.T.; Didukh, N.O.; Blesener, T.S.; Fathi-Rasekh, M.; Wang, T.; King, A.J.; Nemykin, V.N.; Blank, D.A. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2019, 10, 1828–1832.
King, A.J.; Zatisikha, Y.V.; Blessener, T.; Dalbec, F.; Goff, P.C.; Kayser, M.; Blank, D.A.; Kovtun, Y.P.; Nemykin, V.N. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2019.
The Blank lab won their 8th consecutive safe lab award, earning them the platinum safe lab award. Congratulations especially to our Lab Safety officers Meghan Knudtzon and Michael Hodny!
DeWilde, J.F.; Rangnekar, E.P.; Ting, J.M.; Franek J.E.; Bates, F. S.; Hillmyer, M.A.; Blank, D.A. ACS Omega, 2019, 4, 2, 2661–2668.
Dimitriev, Oleg P.; Blank, David A. ; Gasner, Christian.; Teichert, Christian. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2018, 122(30), 17096-17109.
Yuriy V. Zatsikha, Tanner S. Blesener, Philip C. Goff, Andrew T. Healy, Rachel K. Swedin, David E. Herbert, Gregory T. Rohde, Kullapa Chanawanno, Christopher J. Ziegler , Rodion V. Belosludov, David A. Blank, and Victor N. Nemykin Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2018, 122, 27893-27916.
The paper 1,7-Dipyrene-Containing Aza-BODIPYs: Are Pyrene Groups Effective as Ligands to Promote and Direct Complex Formation with Common Nanocarbon Materials? was recently accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.
Yuriy V. Zatsikha, Tanner S. Blesener, Philip C. Goff, Andrew T. Healy, Rachel K. Swedin, David E. Herbert, Gregory T. Rohde, Kullapa Chanawanno, Christopher J. Ziegler, Rodion V. Belosludov, David A Blank, and Victor N. Nemykin
J. Phys. Chem. C, Just Accepted Manuscript
Publication Date (Web): November 14, 2018
Graduate Student Meghan Knudtzon won the Outstanding TA Award. Congratulations Meghan! Some of Meghan's students said "Meghan brightens the room with her enthusiasm every day of lab. She really enourages all of us to dig deeper into the concepts and think outside of the realm. She was always enthusiastic about chemistry, which provided a great positive environment conducive to learning. It was a great balance. Meghan was a great TA!"
Graduate Student Rachel Swedin was an honorable mention for the award.
Matthew Hauwiller willl be giving a special seminar entitled "Understanding the Mechanism of Non-Equilibrium Etching of Gold Nanocrystals Through Graphene Liquid Cell TEM" at 3 pm on Thursday December 21st in Smith 117/119. Matthew Hauwiller received his undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is currently a graduate student in Prof. Paul Alivisatos’ research group at UC Berkeley.
Amanda N. Oehrlein, Antonio Sanchez-Diaz, Philip C. Goff,
Gretchen M. Ziegler, Ted M. Pappenfus, Kent R. Mann, David A. Blank and
Wayne L. Gladfelter. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.,
2017, 19, 24294-24303.
Yuriy V. Zatsikha, Natalia O. Didukh, Tanner Blesener, Mathew P. Kayser, Yuriy P. Kovtun, David A. Blank, and Victor N. Nemykin. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2017, , 318–324.