October 16, 2018

Renske has won a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a five-year, $875,000 grant to pursue research in the most innovative and flexible way. The grant is awarded to only 18 early career faculty members a year and is intended to promote new frontiers in their research.

September 24, 2018

The van der Veen group and friends successfully escaped from the Artificial Intelligence themed lab escape in downtown Urbana.

August 28, 2018

Josh Vura-Weis, Philippe Wernet and Renske organized the  symposium entitled "Chemical Applications of Ultrafast X-ray/XUV Spectroscopy and Scattering" during the ACS Fall Meeting in Boston.  Thanks to many excellent speakers, the symposium was a great success!

August 14, 2018

Renske enjoyed her stay at Bryant University (Rhode Island) attending the GRC on Conductivity and Magnetism in Molecular Materials.

https://www.grc.org/conductivity-and-magnetism-in-molecular-materials-conference/2018/

August 8, 2018

We are proud to be the leading lab in a team that receives funding from NSF to purchase an electron energy-loss spectrometer that will be integrated in our DETEM setup. The proposal entitled "MRI: Acquisition of an Electron Energy-Loss Spectrometer for In Situ Time-Resolved Chemical Mapping of Nanomaterials" was very well received by the reviewers and we are excited to install this piece of equipment at the MRL and perform first experiments! Other members of the team are Prashant Jain, Qian Chen, Pinshane Huang and Jim Zuo. Official announcement can be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1828671&HistoricalAwards=false

June 18, 2018

 The goal of this workshop is to identify the fundamental limitations in current TEM instruments and to develop ideas, "thinking outside-the-box", to enhance TEM performance. Experts within the electron microscopy field from industry, academia and national laboratories are hand-picked to provide quantitative input for the ideal design of a new TEM instrument. See: https://www.telluridescience.org/meetings/workshop-details?wid=711

June 16, 2018

The van der Veen group and friends did battle at Saltfork Paintball. Team blue was victorious.

June 8, 2018

We are excited about receiving the news that our proposal "Ultrafast Carrier and Structural Dynamics in Plasmon-Enhanced Heterogeneous Photocatalysis" has been awarded funding in the amount of $110,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. These experiments involve ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy on plasmon-enhanced heterostructures at the Advanced Photon Source.

May 30, 2018

Our newest lab member, Oscar, was born on April 26th. His big sister, Frederica, will supervise him and make sure that he will be up to ultrafast speed soon.

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