Job Search Update

After a hectic two months of applying and interviewing for jobs, I am happy to say that I just submitted my official acceptance of an offer to become an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Macalester College!

It is crazy to think that a little over a year ago, I was still a naive graduate student trying to convince everyone around me about my pursuit of a career at a research-focused liberal arts college, and that it has somehow all worked out in the end. I am grateful to everyone who gave me advice while I was writing my applications and I hope that I will have a chance to pay it forward.

End of the Year Papers from the Stoddart Group

Anthea’s paper discussing the design elements and strategy behind Lock-Arm Supramolecular Ordering (LASO) has appeared on the internet. Congrats to all the coworkers who helped to push it through! The work spanned several generations of graduate students, including my own time in the Stoddart group. I hope it’s the first of many that are waiting in the pipeline…

Separately, halogen bonding continues to be a hot topic. Zhichang’s paper about halogenated solvent templates for nanotube assembly also showed up in JACS. It seems to me that the challenge within this subfield is to really hammer down halogen-bonding interactions in solution, and show that they are useful. A couple recent examples are:

This post has by far beaten my previous post lengths… perhaps I will make an effort to write more, more often.