Last Updated October 9, 2014
The van Wijngaarden research group uses high resolution spectroscopic  techniques and ab initio calculations to probe the lowest energy states of molecules.  Of particular interest are the short-lived reactive intermediates that drive chemical  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 Professor Department of Chemistry University of Manitoba Parker 388, 118 vanwijng@cc.umanitoba.ca Phone - 204.474.8379 Fax - 204.474.7608 September 4, 2014: We welcome two new graduate students Omar Mahassneh and Wenhao Sun into the group! Aimee Bell has decided to stick around to complete her 4710 undergraduate thesis in the group for the coming school year! August 21, 2014: Ming Sun and Mahdi Kamaee’s work on complexes of Ar with difluoropyridine is accepted for publication in Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Congratuations guys! July 8, 2014: Aimee Bell and Dr. vW travel to the Canadian light source to far infrared collect spectra for a new molecule under study in the group! June 15, 2014: Dr. van Wijngaarden travels to U. Illinois to present two talks at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy. June 1, 2014: Mahdi Kamaee and Dr. vW travel to Vancouver to present their work at the CSC national meeting. May 26, 2014: James Singer, Aimee Bell and Dr. vW travel to the Canadian Light Source for a week of beamtime . They will use the far IR endstation to record fingerprint spectra with high resolution (0.0009 cm-1!!!) for their summer project. May 20, 2014: Professor Ming Sun from Nanjing University visits for one week to help with some projects in the lab. May 13, 2014: Professor Galen Sedo and his student Channing West visit from U. Virginia at Wise to run experiments for two weeks using our chirped-pulse FTMW instrument. May 5, 2014: James Singer joins the group as a summer research assistant. April 30, 2014: Dr. van Wijngaarden visits the CLS synchrotron to participate in the Users Advisory Committee meeting and Annual Users Meeting. April 22, 2014: Aimee Bell joins the group as a summer research assistant. April 12, 2014: Durell Desmond presents the microwave and synchrotron IR spectra of thietane for his 4710 project to the Department. December 11, 2013: Dr. van Wijngaarden visits the SOLEIL synchrotron in France and presents a research seminar. November 27, 2013: Felix Chen’s extensive work on the low frequencies modes of silacylobutane was accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics! A great milestone!  November12, 2013: Dr. van Wijngaarden visits the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn and presents a research seminar. October 15, 2013: Felix Chen leaves the group to begin his postdoctoral work at ETH in Zurich. Best wishes Felix! News archives