Last Updated October 10, 2017
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 vanwijng@cc.umanitoba.ca Phone - 204.474.8379 Fax - 204.474.7608 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 conformatonal 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”.  June 19, 2017  Wenhao Sun travels to Illinois to present two talks on behalf of the group at the International Symposium of Molecular Spectroscopy. June 11, 2017  Dr. van Wijngaarden travels to Victoria BC to present a talk on IR spectroscopy of unstable species at the ICAVS9 meeting (International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy). Great reps from Canada there on the international stage. May 25 2017  Congratulations to Wenhao Sun for being the recipient of a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is the most prestigious internal award for gradaute students! May 12 2017  Wenhao Sun’s article on the structure and conformers of 2-fluorothiophenol has been accepted in the Journal of Molecular Structure. March 9, 2017  Dr. van Wijngaarden travel to Halifax and Fredericton to present the group’s work at Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary’s University and the University of New Brunswick. January 26, 2017  Congratulations to Omar Mahassneh for his successful defence of his M.Sc. thesis entitled “Synchrotron Based Infrared Spectrum of Oxetane”.  Great work Omar! January 12, 2017  Congratulations to Wenhao Sun for passing his Ph.D. oral candidacy exam. November 14, 2016  Our article on benzophenone and 9-fluorenone has been accepted for publication in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.  This was work done by our collaborator (and former group member) Dr. Galen Sedo and his student Channing West who visited us from Virginia to do these experiments. November 14, 2016  Our article on intramolecular interactions in 2-fluorophenol has been accepted for publication in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.  Congrats to all the students involved: Aimee Bell, James Singer, Durell Desmond and Omar Mahassneh. August 26, 2016  Dr. van Wijngaarden travels to Prague to attend the 24th International Conference on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy then on to Basel to attend the retirement symposium of Prof. John Maier her postdoctoral advisor. A great chance to visit with old friends and colleagues from around the world! August 4, 2016  The group welcomed Prof. Stephan Schlemmer, collaborator and friend, from Univerity of Cologne, Germany.  Stephan gave a wonderful talk in the Department “Chemistry in coldest places of the universe” which was standing room only. News archives Department Awards Banquent, November 2015 112 Parker renovation complete, May 2016 First tests of the discharge cell at CLS, July 2016