Last Updated March 31, 2017
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 Head Associate Professor Department of Chemistry University of Manitoba Parker 388, 118 Phone - 204.474.8379 Fax - 204.474.7608 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 PhD 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. July 13, 2016  The first tests of the new multipass discharge cell iat the Canadian Light Source are a success!  We have light! Thanks to our collaborator and friend Marie-Aline Martin-Drumel who joined us in Saskatoon from Harvard-Smithsonian to make this week successful. June 20, 2016  Wenhao Sun, Aimee Bell and Dr. van Wijngaarden travel to U. Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) for the week long International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy.  The group will present two talks. May 19, 2016 The renovation of 112 Parker which houses our cavity-based microwave specrometer is finally complete! We’re very excited to be in our new space! May 16, 2016  We welcome Issiah Byen Lozada to the group for the summer.  He will be working on fluorinated benzaldehydes to determined their structures. May 2, 2016 Aimee Bell, Omar Mahassneh and Dr. van Wijngaarden travel to Saskatoon to attend the Annual Users Meeting of the Canadian Light Source.  Aimee and Omar both presented posters of their work.  Aimee will spend the summer in Saskatoon building our new experiment: A multipass dc discharge gas cell. December 23, 2015: Our latest manuscript using automated assignment strategies to assign synchrotron IR spectra has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy. November 24, 2015: A portion of Dr. van Wijngaarden’s sabbatical research is accepted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics.  This was a collaboration with researchers at the Astrophysics Institute at the University of Cologne and the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, Germany. November 19, 2015: Wenhao Sun and Omar Mahassheh ae recognized at the Department Awards Banquet.  These two have received $30 000 in awards over the past 2 years and are 2 of the 9 current holders of Faculty of Science Studentships in the Department!  Great job Omar and Wenhao! News archives Department Awards Banquent, November 2015 112 Parker renovation complete, May 2016 First tests of the discharge cell at CLS, July 2016