Last Updated September 5, 2018
The van Wijngaarden research group uses high resolution spectroscopic  techniques and ab initio calculations to probe unstable molecules that drive  chemical reactions. Of particular interest are the short-lived reactive intermediates  that are key to processes such as the combustion of fuels, polymerization and thin  film deposition. Our experiments require the use of custom high resolution  spectrometers in the microwave and infrared regions; some of which can only be  found in a few laboratories worldwide.  Jennifer van Wijngaarden Associate Head Associate Professor Department of Chemistry University of Manitoba Parker 388, 118 Phone - 204.474.8379 Fax - 204.474.7608 September 14, 2018 Dr vW travels to the University of Windsor to deliver a Department colloquium.  Super- exciting to showcase the group’s work on home-turf! September 4, 2018 We welcome our new M.Sc. student Joseph Stitsky, a recent graduate from U. Guelph!  We are very hapy to have Joe in Winnipeg and look forward to working with him. May 31, 2018 Congratulations to Weslley Silva for winning a poster prize at the CSC meeting in Edmonton in the Physical, Theoretical, Computational division!  Great outcome for Weslley’s first conference in Canada! May 27, 2018 The vW group travels to Edmonton to attend the 101st CSC meeting and present 2 talks and 3 posters. Very excited to showcase our latest results on astrochemical species and conformational analysis. May 8, 2018 Wenhao Sun and Dr. vW travel to Saskatoon for a week-long experiment at the Canadian Light Source to probe rovibational spectra of molecules generated via high voltage discharge. May 5, 2018 Wenhao Sun, Weslley Silva and Dr. vW attend the 1st Annual Manitoba Chemistry Symposium hosted by University of Winnipeg. The students presented their research in the poster session and Dr. vW gave an invited talk. April 30, 2018 Special welcome to new group member Olamide Paul Sogeke who received a USRA summer stipend to join our team over the summer. April 1, 2018 Special congratulations to PhD student Weslley Silva who is the recipient of a UManitoba Graduate Fellowship for the next 3 years!  February 28, 2018 Dr. vW travels to Univerity of Illinois (Urbana Champaign) to give a seminar in the Department of Chemistry featuring our latest research results on the microwave and infrared spectra of short- lived species. February 6, 2018 Our latest article featuring the microwave spectrum and structure of fluorinated benzaldehydes from undergraduate student Issiah Byen Lozada and graduate student Wenhao Sun has been accepted for publication in Journal of Physical Chemistry A. November 3, 2017 The group travels to University of Waterloo to present our latest work at the 33rd Symposium on Chemical Physics. Great to see so many excellent researchers and old friends! August 31, 2017 The group welcomes Weslley Silva from Sao Paulo, Brazil as a new Ph.D. student. Weslley previously completed his M.Sc. in the field of NMR spectroscopy for conformational analysis. August 1, 2017 Special congratulations to former Ph.D. student Ziqiu (Felix) Chen who has started a faculty position at Lanzhou University in China.  Very exciting to see group members going on to big things!      August 1, 2017 Congratulations to Omar Mahassneh, a recent M.Sc. graduate, on his new job at VitaHealth in Winnipeg.   July 25, 2017 Congratulations to Aimee Bell for her successful defense of her M.Sc. thesis entitled “Commissioning of a Multipass Discharge Cell for the Study of Transient Molecules of Astrophysical Interest Using the Far-IR Beamline at the Canadian Light Source”.  News archives Department Awards Banquent, November 2015 112 Parker renovation complete, May 2016 First tests of the discharge cell at CLS, July 2016