The article by Markrete and Shuang (PhD 2012) reports the liquid crystalline behavior of platinum complexes, and is entitled "Columnar Liquid Crystallinity and Mechanochromism in Cationic Platinum(II) Complexes". There is a cool video associated demonstrating reversible mechanochromism and featuring the voices of two esteemed former lab members, Shuang Liu and Balta Bonillo!
The article, entitled Templating Fullerenes by Domain Boundaries of a Nanoporous Network is the product of a collaboration between Duncan (now at Eindhoven University of Technology) and Grace, and shows that domain boundaries in a trimesic acid network can be exploited to template the deposition of fullerenes in a nonperiodical fashion.
Kazuhiro Nakabayashi, assistant professor at Yamagata University, joins the group as a visiting scientist. Prior to his current position he obtained a PhD from the Tokyo Insititute of Technology. Welcome Kazuhiro!
After having completed his PhD degree and spent another year as postdoctoral associate, Jan leaves the Swager group. He'll now pursue his entrepreneurial endeavors at C2Sense, the last spinoff from the Swager laboratory, that was recently awarded an NSF grant. Good luck, and thanks for having been an awesome labmate!
After a semester sent in the Swager group, Cindy returns to complete her graduate program in Germany. Good luck for the home stretch Cindy!
The last article by Yanchuan describes the use of 19F-labeled tungsten calixarene imido complexes as efficient probes for neutral guests. Upon analyte complexation, the 19F NMR signal is shifted, which can be used for the detection of specific analytes in complex mixtures, of for the monitoring of chemical reactions.
After two years of postdoctoral stay in the Swager group, Jisun leaves the lab - only after a traditional goodbye lunch. Good luck for the future, in Korea or elsewhere!