JCP announces 2021 best paper by Emerging Inv

2021 Winners of JCP Best Paper by Andrew Musser (left), Yoav Green and Emerging Investigator Awards

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Melville, NY, June 15, 2022 – The Journal of Chemical Physics is committed to recognizing the outstanding achievements of early career researchers and is proud to announce the 2021 Winners of the JCP Best Papers by the Emerging Investigator Awards. I think.

Winners Andrew Musser and Yoav Green were selected for research on the molecular polaritons and electrical neutralization of nanopolars, respectively.

The selection committee, which consists of members of the editorial advisory board, has selected winners from the pool of papers in the 2021 JCP Emerging Investigators Special Collection. This collection has a higher standard of acceptance than journals and is intended to recognize excellence in itself. The award includes an honor of $ 2,000 and an invitation to write a JCP outlook article.

To qualify for the award, the principal investigator must be within 10 years of obtaining a graduate degree. The submission has been reviewed throughout the journal and is now published in the 2022 JCP Emerging Investigators Special Collection.

Andrew Masser

Andrew Musser was recognized in the paper “Non-Target Effects in Organic Exciton-Polariton Transient Spectroscopy: A Caution Story” published at the JCP on October 15, 2021. According to JCP Editor-in-Chief Tianquan (Tim) Lian, who understands the nature of excited polariton states formed by the interaction of intense light and matter in optics, cavities are key to catalysis and advances in electronic devices.

“This study will provide useful guidance on how to correctly assign transient spectral signatures of excited polaritons and will have a significant impact on this area of ​​study,” said Lian.

Musser and his team have discovered that a very large part of their signal, and thus the signal reported by other groups, is likely the result of an artifact or some uninteresting side effect.

“These optical microcavities are complex and surprisingly sensitive structures, so we need to work much harder than usual to make sure that what we are measuring with standard spectroscopic tools is authentic.” Said Musser. “This paper is about developing tools to better understand these systems, and we are very pleased to be able to directly confirm that this type of work is being evaluated.”

Masser received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he studied ultrafast exciton photophysics in organic semiconductors. He then served as a postdoctoral fellow in organic exciton-polariton spectroscopy at the University of Sheffield and entered Cornell University as an assistant professor in 2019.

Musser’s group at Cornell University applies ultrafast optical spectroscopy and powerful light-material interactions to understand and control the ultrafast dynamics of organic semiconductors, framework materials, and photocatalysts. Basically, Musser looks at how the material’s behavior changes when it’s sandwiched between mirrors and forced to interact with light.

“People have shown all sorts of weird and wonderful effects, such as enhanced charge and energy transport, how to convert useless” dark “states into emitted light, and even diversion of chemical reactions. All this is done by sandwiching the molecule between the mirrors in a proper way. “Masser said. “But I have a very basic question about how these effects work exactly, and I find it very difficult to design, predict, or control these effects. . “

Joave Green

Yoav Green was selected for his paper, “Conditions for Electrical Neutral Destruction in Nanopores,” published at the JCP on November 8, 2021.

As the size of the system gets smaller, new phenomena occur and the description of continuum mechanics is expected to fail. The concept of electrical neutral destruction in nanopores represents one such possible case. However, Green found that failures occur only in a few limited degenerate scenarios that are not present in most realistic systems.

Francesco Siortino, Associate Editor of the JCP, said: “This paper may relate to several social issues, such as desalination and energy harvesting.”

Green holds a PhD from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. There, his research focused on nanofluidics. He has completed postdoctoral research at the TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University and is working on biomechanics.

As a senior lecturer and assistant professor at Ben Gurion University of Israel, Green currently leads the Institute for Fluid Mechanics. His group uses theoretical modeling, numerical simulations, and experiments to explore the basic physics of ion transport through charged nanochannels.

“My laboratory focuses on nanofluidics and electrokinetics, and research on electrically driven fluid mechanics at the nanoscale,” says Green. “We are investigating how the interaction of several mechanisms, such as surface charge regulation and advection, alters the electrical conductance of charged nanochannels.”

Green’s team aims to extend the findings from award-winning papers to multi-channel systems. There, we will once again demonstrate that the electrical neutrality does not collapse.

“I am very honored to have my work recognized at this award,” says Green. “I hope it reaches a larger audience and affects communities and areas that I don’t normally interact with.”


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