Last Updated December 31, 2015
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 vanwijng@cc.umanitoba.ca Phone - 204.474.8379 Fax - 204.474.7608 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! November 6, 2015: Omar Mahassneh, Wenhao Sun and Dr. van Wijngaarden travel to the University of Waterloo to attend the Symposium on Chemical Physics.  The group presented 3 posters containing their recent results. October 29, 2015: Aimee Bell presents her 4th year thesis project on the synchrotron far IR spectra of fluorophenols at the VP Research Poster competition. October 13, 2015: The MSc work of our visiting student Laize Andrade is accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.  This was a great project alongside our Brazilian collaborator Dr. Matheus Freitas. September 25, 2015: Congratulations to Mahdi Kamaee (recent MSc graduate) for the publication of his MSc work in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.  You’ll find the details on our Publications page. September 1, 2015: Aimee Bell joins the group as a MSc student.  She will be designing and installing a multipass, dc discharge cell at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon.  Welcome aboard! July 14, 2015: Dr. van Wijngaarden travels to the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon for a week of experiments to characterize the far IR spectrum of thietanone. June 21, 2015: Susanna Stephens and Dr. van Wijngaarden travel to U. Illinois to present talks at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy.  The research from the vW lab is featured in 4 talks! April 10, 2015: Our manuscript on the application of evolutionary algorithms to high resolution synchrotron IR spectra was accepted for publication in the upcoming special issue of Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy on Synchrotron-based spectroscopy. This is a collaboration with Prof. Leo Meerts at Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands. February 26, 2015: Our manuscript on SSO in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cologne, Harvard- Smithsonian, and SOLEIL was accepted for publication in the upcoming special issue of Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy on Synchrotron-based spectroscopy. January 16, 2015: We have two new group members! Welcome to Dr. Susanna Stephens from the U. K. and Laize Aparecida Ferreira Andrade from Brazil! December 1, 2014: Dr. van Wijngaarden travels to Lavras, Brazil to present the group’s work at an international workshop entitled: Frontiers in Computational NMR and IR spectroscopy in Chemistry. November 26, 2014: Mahdi Kamaee successfully defended his MSc thesis on fluorinated benzonitrile compounds. Congratulations Madhi! We wish you well! News archives Department Awards Banquent, November 2015