Welcome to the Vela Research Group

Group news:

11/24/2020 - JV elected Treasurer of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, stay safe!

10/16/2020 - Former summer intern Dr. Javier Grajeda’s star trajectory highlighted by DOE WDTS - congrats!

09/07/2020 - We are happy to co-organize the very first edition of the virtual Twitter chemistry conference LatinxChem!



08/26/2020 - Congrats to our collaborator Aaron Rossini and his team for being highlighted in the latest JACS Young Investigators 2020 virtual issue.

06/29/2020 - Congrats to Alan, Bryan, and collaborators Umar and Matt for publishing our paper on the surface chemistry of ternary nanocrystals, including the deposition of conductive NaBiS2 films in Chem. Mater.!

05/16/2020 - Congrats to senior graduate student Alan Medina-Gonzalez for being selected to participate in Dow’s BEST Symposium.

05/12/2020 - JV selected as next John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry for the period 2020-2023.

04/30/2020 - Congrats to Marquix Adamson for successfully passing his preliminary PhD Candidacy exam!

04/28/2020 - Congrats to Lin and Marquix for publishing their paper on Ni2P-modified semiconductors for photocatalytic nitrate degradation in ChemNanoMat!

04/06/2020 - JV is humbled to receive the prestigious designation as University Professor at Iowa State University!

03/30/2020 - Sincere and heartfelt congratulations to the following graduate students for receiving awards from the chemistry department!

Yunhua Chen (coadvised with Aaron Rossini), Dr. Ching Ching Chiu Fellowship for Women in Chemistry,

Carena Daniels, Sleight Graduate Fellowship,

Lin Wei, Edward V. Sayre Chemistry Scholarship, and

Philip Yox (coadvised with Kiril Kovnir), Frank J. Moore and Thoreen Beth Moore Fellowship.

03/27/2020 - Congrats to senior graduate student Alan Medina-Gonzalez for being selected to participate in the Hands-On PV Experience (HOPE) Workshop at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

02/27/2020 - Congrats to undergraduate chemistry major and group researcher Megan Knobeloch for receiving an LAS Dean's High Impact Undergraduate Research Award!

02/21/2020 - Congrats to lead author Lin, coauthor Bryan, and collaborators Dajiang and Evans, for getting their noble metal-free catalytic nitrate hydrogenation paper accepted in ACS Catalysis!

02/19/2020 - Congrats to lead author Carena, coauthors Megan, Phil, Marquix, and Yunhua, and collaborators from the Fan and Rossini groups, for getting their intermetallic nanocatalysts from heterobimetallic 10–14 precursors paper accepted in OrganometallicsSpecial Issue on Organometallic Chemistry at Various Length Scales!

11/18/2019 - Congrats to group members Yunhua Chen (co-advised with Aaron Rossini) and Phil Yox (co-advised with Kirill Kovnir) for successfully passing their preliminary exams and advancing to PhD Candidacy!

11/16/2019 - Group outing to see the new Iowa State football team defeat the Texas Longhorns - Go Cyclones!

11/16/2019 - Congrats to Long Men and collaborators Ujjal Bhattacharjee and Jake Petrich for getting their latest halide perovskite paper published in J. Phys. Chem. C.

11/04/2019 - We welcome new first year graduate students Eunbyeol Gi and Allie Roth into the group!

11/01/2019 - JV joins a couple dozen other Iowa State Cyclones attending the 2019 SACNAS national diversity conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

09/30/2019 - JV recognized by CONACYT Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI) Level II

08/28/2019 - Collaborative paper on probing the surface structure of semiconductor nanocrystals by DNP SENS NMR published in JACS - congrats to Mike, Yunhua, and all coauthors!

08/22/2019 - Congrats to Dr. Brett Boote and our collaborators Profs. Emily Smith and Jake Petrich for getting our joint paper on the photo- and thermal-stability of cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals accepted in ChemPhysChem!

08/05/2019 - Recent PhD graduate Dr. Miles Art White stops by while moving across the country from Berkeley, CA to the Hudson Valley of New York - we wish him the best in his new faculty position at Bard College!

07/19/2019 - Vela group participates in Prof. Robbyn Anand’s Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry in Decorah, Iowa.

04/18/2019 - Welcome Rafael Blome-Fernández into the group!

04/10/2019 - Congratulations to our new undergraduate Megan Knobeloch for receiving the Jonathan and Susan Rich Undergraduate Research Scholarship in Chemistry, as well as the  LAS Dean's High Impact Award for Undergraduate Research!

04/09/2019 - Congratulations to our latest (12th) PhD graduate, Dr. Bryan A. Rosales, for successfully defending his doctoral thesis! We wish him the best in his upcoming postdoc with Lance Wheeler at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO.

04/08/2019 - Congratulations to our senior undergraduate researcher Kate Baumler for receiving an NSF Graduate Fellowship to attend grad school next Fall!

04/04/2019 - Vela group attends Spring ACS National Meeting in Orlando and has a blast!

04/03/2019 Congrats to Bryan Rosales (ISU Research Excellence), Phil Yox (Sleight Graduate Fellowship), and Marquix Adamson (Teaching Excellence) for receiving departmental graduate student awards!

03/25/2019 - Happy to share our halide perovskite entry story as part of this special feature in ACS Energy Lett.

03/08/2019 - JV promoted to full professor!

03/05/2019 - Congrats to Bryan Rosales for being awarded a Travel Award from the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry to present his work at the Spring ACS National Meeting in Orlando! Well deserved!!!

02/25/2019 - Congrats to Carena, Deyny, Bryan, and collaborators Prof. Smith (ISU) and Prof. Gabbai (TAMU) and their groups for getting our paper on heterobimetallic single-source precursors to 10-15 binary intermetallics accepted in ACS Omega!

01/10/2019 - Interview with Chemistry Views about our recent invited paper in ChemNanoMat on the synthesis and Mn(II)-doping of lead-free CsGeX3 halide perovskites.

01/01/2019 - Glad to announce JV has joined the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Energy Lett.

01/01/2019 - Excellent overview of solvent-free solid-state methods for the mild synthesis and mixing of complex halide perovskites published in J. Solid State Chem. This work was invited as part of JSSC’s 50 year anniversary celebration. Congrats Bryan and Lin!

12/13/2018 - Glad to announce that JV is joining the Editorial Board of ChemNanoMat @ChemNanoMat starting Jan 1, 2019.

12/17/2018 - Invited paper on CsGeX3 nanocrystals and Mn(II) doping accepted in ChemNanoMat. Congrats to Long, Bryan, Noreen, and Sarah!

12/03/2018 - Congrats to Alan Medina-Gonzalez for passing his preliminary exams and successfully advancing to PhD Candidacy!

11/27/2018 - JV elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)! (ISU feature news article)

11/26/2018 - Congrats to Lin Wei for passing her preliminary exams and successfully advancing to PhD Candidacy!

09/26/2018 - Congrats to Carena Daniels for acing her preliminary exams and successfully advancing to PhD Candidacy!

09/17/2018 - Collaborative paper on 207Pb ssNMR method development for the rapid characterization of halide perovskites accepted in Chem. Mater. Congrats to Mike, Aaron, and team!

08/13/2018 - Congratulations to Art and our dream team of students (Kate, Yunhua, Alan, Amrit) and collaborators (Emory, Julia, and Aaron) for getting our Li-Zn-Sb phase space tour de force paper accepted in Chem. Mater.!

08/03/2018 - Congratulations to our senior graduate student and PhD Candidate Bryan Rosales for winning the best oral presentation award at the Nano@IAState conference!

07/31/2018 - Kate Baumler’s work supported by the Dean's High Impact Award for Undergraduate Research highlighted by LAS!!!

07/21/2018–07/22/2018 - Recent PhD graduate Miles ‘Art’ White (co-advised with Gordie Miller) chairs the Solid State Chemistry Graduate Research Seminar at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire.

07/15/2018–07/19/2018 - Senior graduate student Bryan Rosales and JV attend, present posters, and network at the Gordon Research Conference on Colloidal Semiconductors at Bryant University in Rhode Island.

07/08/2018–07/13/2018 - Senior graduate student Bryan Rosales selected to participate in the 2018 Hands-On PV Experience (HOPE) Workshop at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. On day 2 (07/09), JV ran a session on ethical paper writing.

07/06/2018 - Art White defended his PhD thesis! We wish him good luck in his upcoming postdoc with Brett Helms at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Molecular Foundry.

06/21/2018 - We are proud to support ISU Science Bound and ACS Project SEED!

06/04/2018 - Welcome undergraduate summer students Rafael Blome-Fernández (co-hosted by the Rossini group) from Universidad de Las Américas - Puebla, Yimin Liu from Beijing Normal University, and Cullen Irvine from Carleton College!

05/07/2018 - JV graduates from ISU’s Emerging Leaders Academy!

04/30/2018 - Congrats to Feng, Noreen, Long, and Art for getting their paper on aliovalent doping of lead halide perovskites accepted in J. Phys. Chem. C!

04/27/2018 - JV is the proud recipient of the Cassling Innovator Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences!

04/25/2018 - Congrats to our latest PhD graduate, Dr. Himashi Andaraarachchi! We wish her good luck in her postdoctoral position with Prof. Uwe Kortshagen at the University of Minnesota.

04/11/2018 - Congrats to graduate students Himashi Andaraarachchi (Alpha Chi Sigma), Carena Daniels (Women in Chemistry and Teaching Excellence), Alan Medina-Gonzalez (Teaching Excellence), Bryan Rosales (Witiak Fellowship), Lin Wei (Women in Chemistry and Teaching Excellence), and Miles Art White (Research Excellence) for earning well deserved departmental awards!

02/16/2018 - Congrats to Bryan and Art for getting their solution-grown sodium bismuth dichalcogenides paper published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.!

02/16/2018 - Congrats to graduate students Himashi Andaraarachchi, Carena Daniels, and Bryan Rosales for receiving Professional Advancement Grants (PAGs) to attend the upcoming Spring ACS National Meeting in New Orleans!

12/15/2017 - Congrats to graduating PhD Long Men. We wish him good luck at his new position with Global Foundries in upstate New York!

12/5/2017 - Awarded US Patent No. 9,834,856 on Controlled Fabrication of Semiconductor-Metal Hybrid Nano-Heterostructures via Site-Selective Metal Photodeposition. Congrats Purnima!

11/23/2017 - Congrats to Art and Alan for getting their filled tetrahedral semiconductors paper accepted in Chem. Eur. J.!

11/20/2017 - Welcome new graduate students Marquix Adamson, Yunhua Chen (co-advised with Aaron Rossini), and Philip Yox (co-advised with Kirill Kovnir), and new undergraduate student Blake Richards (ISU Honors Research Program).

10/17/2017 - JV gives plenary lecture at POLYMAT 2017 conference in Huatulco, Mexico!

09/10/2017 - Paper describing a new general synthesis of chalcogenide and pnictide nanocrystals from the silylative deoxygenation of metal oxides accepted in J. Mater. Chem. A! Congrats to Chia-Cheng and Shannon!