Marija defended her thesis!

    March 6, 2021. Marija did an excellent job presenting her PhD work. The committee members were very impressed, even saying, "I should have asked my PhD students to attend, to see what a defense should look like." We are very proud of Marija and excited to see what science her Postdoc at SLAC will produce. We celebrated with a socially distant Zoom meeting where we played Among Us and Pandemic online.

    Congratulations, Marija. We will miss you!

    Ravindra's paper on metal-free CO2 reduction was published in JPC Lett.!!

    March 6, 2021. Ravindra's paper looks at the slow hydride transfer to CO2 in carbon dioxide reduction catalysis. We think it will be an interesting study for all those in the field.

    Great job, Ravi!

    Read more: Weerasooriya, R.; Gesiorski, J. L.; Alherz, A.; Ilic, S.; Hargenrader, G.; Musgrave, C. B. and Glusac, K. D. Kinetics of Hydride Transfer from Metal-Free Hydride Donors to CO2. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2021

    Marija's GNR paper has been accepted to ACS Applied Electronic Materials!!

    January 9, 2021.Marija's paper on strong electronic coupling of graphene nanoribbons has been accepted to ACS Applied Electronic Materials and will be published soon. Way to start 2021 off right!

    Beautiful work!

    Read more: Zoric, M. R.; Askins, E. J.; Qiao, X. and Glusac, K. D. Strong Electronic Coupling of Graphene Nanoribbons onto Basal Plane of Glassy Carbon Electrode. ACS Appl. Electron. Mater. 2021

    Alice passed prelims!

    January 9, 2021. Alice completed her preliminary exam in front of her committee and did excellently. She is the the third of our graduate students to pass their prelims. Congratulations Alice!

    Keep up the good work!

    Jon completed his prelims!

    December 5, 2020. Jon presented his preliminary exam, which was titled, "On the Road to Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction" and received much praise from his exam committee. We are proud of you Jon.

    Very nice!

    Varun won the Paaren Graduate Fellowship!

    December 5, 2020. The fellowship is given to PhD students in the chemistry department for their outstanding achievements. Varun won the fellowship for his work in which he develops new, well-defined graphene quantum dot assemblies and studies their photophysical and light harvesting properties.

    Congratulations Varun!

    Find out more: UIC Paaren and Moriarty Graduate Fellowships in Chemistry

    Our CO2 capture project received DOE funding!

    December 5, 2020. Our collaboration with scientists from Argonne National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has been funded by the DOE. Our work will focus on developing photochemical methods that enable CO2 capture directly from the atmosphere that may be combined with photochemical conversion to fuels and value-added chemicals.

    Find out more:

    Erik passed his preliminary exam!

    November 6, 2020. Erik presented his preliminary exam (via Zoom), entitled, "Fundamental Studies of Electrocatalytic Nanocarbons" and passed with flying colors. Congratulations to him and we're excited to see what's next.

    Well done!

    Aaron is joining our group!

    November 6, 2020. First year student, Aaron Butts, is joining the Glusac Research Group. Aaron is going to be working to develop syntheses for functionalized, bi-metallic graphitic electrodes.

    Welcome to the group, Aaron!

    Ravindra won an ACS poster award!

    October 10, 2020. Ravindra's poster, showing his work on metal-free hydride based carbon dioxide reduction, placed third at the Division of Energy and Fuels ACS National Meeting. A great deomonstration of the excellent work we do in the research group.

    Keep it up Ravi!

    Alice is joining our group!

    September 14, 2020. Here is the newest addition to our group, Alice Zheng. She is a PhD student who will be working on basal plane functionalization of graphene electrodes with chemically-tunable molecular catalysts for oxygen atom transfer chemistry.

    Welcome Alice!

    Two TA awards for group members!

    September 12, 2020. Erik and Jon both won a TA Appreciation award for the 2019-20 academic year. No award ceremony means they'll have to split Erik's award from the previous year.

    Share nicely.

    We've been awarded NSF funding!

    September 12, 2020. Our group was awarded an NSF grant to study biomimetic NADH analogs for selective CO2 reduction to methanol. Artificial Photosynthesis in action!

    The Glusac group is sheltering-in-place!

    March 21, 2020. Orders to shelter-in-place means no lab work for the time being. Assuming we all keep our sanity, this will be valuable time to write manuscripts and come up with fresh ideas. No worries though, we're still having group meetings.

    The Glusac group will return.

    Varun and Erik spend a long weekend at the APS.

    February 22, 2020. Varun and Erik made beamline 12BM their home for a long, rather sleepless weekend at the APS. They were collecting valuable X-ray data for Varun's work with cobalt catalysts.

    Careful with the expensive equipment guys.

    Varun's paper is published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

    January 25, 2020. Varun's work studies exciton dynamics in graphene quantum dot assemblies and can be found in the January 2nd issue of J. Phys. Chem. Lett.

    Well done.

    Read more: V. Singh, M. R. Zoric, G. N. Hargenrader, A. J. S. Valentine, O. Zivojinovic, D. R. Milic, X. Li and K. D. Glusac, “Exciton Coherence Length and Dynamics in Graphene Quantum Dot Assemblies, 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b03384.

    Marija's paper accepted to ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

    November 23, 2019. Marija's work on graphene quantum dot electrodes has been accepted to ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, to be published soon.

    Nice work!

    Read more: M. R. Zoric, V. Singh, S. Warren, S. Plunkett, R. Khatmullin, B. P. Chaplin and K. D. Glusac, “Electron transfer kinetics at graphene quantum dot assembly electrodes”, ACS Appl. Mat. Interfaces, 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b14161.

    Stefan defended his thesis!!

    October 19, 2019. Stefan succussfully defended his thesis entitled "Designing Biomimetic NADH-Analogs for Artificial Photosynthesis," making him the first student to do so since the move to UIC. After the defense we enjoyed a celebratory reception. Some couldn't be present, but a rudimentary photoshop did the trick.

    Congratulations Dr. Ilic, we are all very proud.

    Nikita has joined the group.

    October 19, 2019. First year graduate student Nikita Gupta has joined the Glusac research group. Nikita did a semester of Master's research in our lab before returning to India for graduation. Now she is back again to work on light harvesting and charge transfer of metal-coordinated graphene quantum dot assemblies.

    Welcome back Nikita.

    Matt joins the group!!

    September 21, 2019. First year graduate student, Matt Drummer, has joined the Glusac Group. Matt will be studying exciton dynamics in graphene quantum dot assemblies using ultrafast laser pump-probe spectroscopy.

    May the lights shine brightly for you.

    Marija and Erik visit the Advanced Photon Source!!

    August 24, 2019. Marija and Erik spent a weekend at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory. They used in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy to study our Ru-coordinated nanoribbons.

    It was a long and tired weekend.

    The sleeping club is expanding!

    July 3, 2019. The Sleeping Club has its newest inductees: Welcome, Erik and Marija! Lets hope you won't sleep through those experiments at CNM.

    Work hard - sleep light!

    Milica joins the lab (for the summer)!

    June 24, 2019. Milica Peric is visiting us from University of Belgrade, Serbia. Her summer internship will focus on CO2RR and hydrogenation projects.

    Welcome to Chicago and Glusac group!

    Marija's article accepted to J. Phys. Org. Chem!

    June 6, 2019. Marija's conformational analysis work on covalently linked dimers has been accepted by Journal of Physical Organic Chemsitry.


    Read more: M. R. Zoric, V. Singh, M. Zeller, K. D. Glusac, “Conformational analysis of diols: Role of the linker on the relative orientation of hydroxyl groups”, J. Phys. Org. Chem, 2019, DOI: 10.1002/poc.3975.

    Erik won a TA Award!

    June 1, 2019. Erik was recognized as one of the top teaching assistants in the chemistry department at UIC. He was given the Chemistry Teaching Assistant Appreciation Award during a departmental ceremony.

    Congratulations and keep up the good work.

    Stefan's article accepted to Chemical Communications

    Apr 27, 2019. Stefan's paper on hydride regeneration of acridines and benzimidazoles has been accepted by Chemical Communications. Further, it has been included in a themed collection: Frontiers in Proton Coupled Electron Transfer (PCET)

    Good work, Stefan!

    Read more: Ilic, S.; Alherz, A.; Musgrave, C. B.; Glusac, K. D. Importance of Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Cathodic Regeneration of Organic Hydrides. Chem. Commun. 2019. DOI: 10.1039/C9CC00928K.

    Our STM proposal has been approved!

    Apr 27, 2019. Our proposal for STM imaging of our Ru-coordinated graphene nanoribbons has been approved. Marija and Erik will be collaborating with scienctists at Argonne National Laboratory in the Center for Nanoscale Materials to perform the experiments.

    We are excited to get to work!

    Xiaoxiao has finished her Postdoc.

    Apr 27, 2019. Xiaoxiao finished her final day working in the Glusac lab. We want to thank her for her time spent working with all of us.

    Farewell, Xiaoxiao!

    Alex has joined the group!

    March 22, 2019. Alex Poole, our new undergraduate, will be doing computational modeling of the electrochemical characteristics of redox mediators.

    Welcome, Alex!

    Nikita returned to India

    March 16, 2019. After a full semester spent working with metal-coordinated graphene quantum dots, Nikita returned to University of Mumbai to defend her Master's Thesis.

    We wish you luck!

    Stefan's recent paper spotlighted in JACS

    Feb 9, 2019. Stefan's paper on benzimidazoles used in CO2 reduction was featured in "Spotlights on Recent JACS Publications." The inclusion signifies the intriguing nature and importance of his research.

    Congrats, Stefan!

    Read more: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 2, 707-707

    Stefan's paper gets published in JACS

    Jan 12, 2019. Stefan's paper, published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, is on benzimidazoles used in CO2 reduction.

    Wonderful job!

    Read more: C.-H. Lim, S. Ilic, A. Alherz, B. T. Worrell, S. S. Bacon, J. T. Hynes, K. D. Glusac. and C. B. Musgrave, “Benzimidazoles as Metal-Free and Recyclable Hydrides for CO2 Reduction to Formate”, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2019, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b09653.

    Marija won the Gerhard Closs Student Award!

    Jan 12, 2019. Marija was awarded the Gerhard Closs Award at the January meeting of the Inter-American Photochemical Society. The conference was held in Sarasota, FL and Dr. Glusac was there to congratulate.

    Well done, Marija!

    Manas has arrived!!

    Jan 12, 2019. Manas, our new PostDoc will be spending his time at Argonne National Lab working on photophysical characterization of catalyst-grafted graphene quantum dots and nanoribbons.

    Welcome, Manas!

    Nik, Ravindra and Stefan's paper got accepted to ACS Appl. Energy Mater.

    Dec 1, 2018. Nik, Ravindra and Stefan published a paper in ACS Applied Energy Materials on photochemical regeneration of NADH analogs.

    Awesome job!

    Read more: G. N. Hargenrader, R. B. Weerasooriya, S. Ilic, J. Niklas, O. G. Poluektov and K. D. Glusac, “Photoregeneration of Biomimetic Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Analogues via a Dye-Sensitized Approach”, ACS Appl. Energy Mater., 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.8b01574.

    Stefan takes a nap(s)

    Dec 1, 2018. Days in the lab can be long and tiring. That's not a problem for Stefan, he can sleep anywhere. Let's hope he doesn't have a reaction to check on.

    Varun passed his preliminary exam!

    Nov, 16 2018. Varun Singh presented his work on light-harvesting by graphene quantum dot assemblies and passed the exam. Next stop, doctor.

    Congratulations, PhD candidate!

    Ravindra passed his preliminary exam!

    Nov, 16 2018. Ravindra Weerasooriya presented his work on CO2-reduction catalysis and passed the exam. Next stop, doctor.

    Congratulations, PhD candidate!

    Jonathan joins the group!

    Oct 10, 2018. Jonathan Gesiorski joins the group! He will be working on our photocatalytic CO2 reduction project.

    Welcome aboard, Jonathan!

    Erik joins the group!

    Aug 24, 2018. Erik Askins joins the group! He will be working on spectral characterization of conductive materials.

    Welcome aboard, Erik!

    DOE's grant awarded to our group at ANL!

    Aug 2, 2018. DOE has awarded a multi-million dollar grant for our research in ultrafast laser spectroscopy, in collaboration with research groups lead by Lin Chen (Northwestern/ANL), Amy Cordones-Hahn (SLAC), Xiaosong Li (UW), Karen Mulfort (ANL) David Tiede (ANL).

    Exciting news!

    Read more: Argonne among 10 recipients of competitive grant for ultrafast science

    Our Letter Paper got accepted in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces!

    Jul 31, 2018. Marija published a letter paper in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces on co-catalysis in OER with xanthylium-based catalyst.

    Awesome job!

    Read more: M. Zoric, U. P. Kadel and K. D. Glusac, “Co-catalysis: Role of Organic Cations in Oxygen Evolution Reaction on Oxide Electrodes”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b10232.

    First sets of data at Advanced Photon Source (ANL) collected!

    Jun 27, 2018. Glusac Group received first beamtime at Argonne's synchrotron. Varun collected SAXS data for quantum dots in solution, while Marija performed GIWAXS experiments on electrochemically deposited films.

    Nikita joined our group!

    Jun 2, 2018. Nikita Gukta is visiting us from University of Mumbai, India. She will spend half a year in our labs, performing research on metal-containing graphene quantum dots. This work will be part of her M.S. thesis at University of Mumbai.

    Welcome, Nikita!

    Marija and Stefan passed preliminary exams!

    May 22, 2018.Marija and Stefan are the first group members to take the UIC preliminary exams. They presented theri work on metal-free catalysis and both passed their exams with flying colors!


    PostDoc in ultrafast spectroscopy WANTED!

    Mar 30, 2018. The Glusac group is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow in ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. Applicants should have strong experience in experimental design and use of ultrafast laser spectroscopy techniques and a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or related field. Applicants with a high degree of independence and strong interests in solar energy conversion are particularly encouraged to apply. /closed/

    Our Article got accepted in JACS!

    Mar 16, 2018. Stefan and our collaborators from University of Pittsburgh (Prof. John A. Keith and Yasemin Basdogan) published a paper on thermodynamic hydricity of model metal-free hydride donors.

    Great job (again)!

    Read more: S. Ilic, U. P. Kadel, Y. Basdogan, J. A. Keith and K. D. Glusac, “Thermodynamic Hydricities of Biomimetic Organic Hydride Donors”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b13526.

    Our Review Article got accepted in ChemSocRev!

    Mar 15, 2018. Stefan and our collaborators from University of Colorado Boulder (Prof. Charles B. Musgrave and Aziz Alherz) wrote a review article on metal-free hydride donors and their applications.

    Great job!

    Read more: S. Ilic, A. Alherz, C. B. Musgrave and K. D. Glusac, “Thermodynamic and Kinetic Hydricities of Metal-free Hydrides”, Chem. Soc. Rev, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00171A.

    Marija wins the Short Talk Award!

    Feb 20, 2018. Marija presented her research on O-O bond coupling at the Frontiers in Photochemistry conference that took place in Cancun, Mexico. The conference organizers (Profs. Amanda Morris and Maria Abrahamsson) awarded Marija the Short Talk Award for her oustading presentation.

    Congratulations, Marija!

    Xiaoxiao joins the Group!

    Dec 18, 2017. Dr. Xiaoxiao Qiao joined the group. She will be working on metal-free conducting materials.

    Welcome, Xiaoxiao!

    Glusac Group moved to the Windy City!

    Jul 17, 2017. Long hours of packing and fitting everything into a truck, but we made it! We had a little helper to make the move to Illinois easier.