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Tatiana Brinzari Receives ISMMM Poster Prize

Tatiana with collaborator Jia LiuChemistry Graduate Student Tatiana Brinzari (picture left) from Dr. Musfeldt’s group received a poster award during International School & Symposium on Multifunctional Molecule-based Materials (ISMMM) held in Argonne National Laboratory from March 13 to 18, 2011.

Brinzari’s winning poster “Magneto-elastic coupling in molecular-based materials: M[N(CN)2]2 (M = Mn, Co) and [Ru2(O2CMe)4]3[Cr(CN)6]” discussed evidence of a strong relationship between crystal structure and magnetic properties in molecular frameworks, where a flexible metal local environment is ready to accommodate a new magnetic state. Jia Liu (picture right) from North Carolina State University is a coauthor on this project and performed electronic structure calculations.

Tatiana valued the opportunity of attending the symposium. “It provided me with unique opportunity to listen to tutorials and research talks and to communicate and discuss science with leading researchers from over the world in the field of molecule-based materials”, she said.

Tatiana also felt hornored winning this prize and would like to thank her advisor, “I was pleased to present our research and receive recognition of its importance and originality…Jan (Dr. Musfeldt) supports me and helps me in everything I do”.

Born and grown up in Chisinau, Moldova, Tatiana received her undergraduate degree of inorganic chemistry from Moldova State University (MSU) in 2005. Upon obtaining her master’s degree in chemistry from MSU, Tatiana joined Dr. Musfeldt’s group in 2007. Since then, her research focused on Magneto-infrared and magneto-optical spectroscopy of multifunctional molecule-based materials and novel oxides.

Originally held in Europe and Japan, the ISMMM is designed to  teach, train, and encourage young researchers and students with interest in crystalline electronic materials. The symposium consists of conference-style talks highlighting research in contemporary scientific disciplines including chemistry, physics, theory and materials science. It also provides about ten tutorial talks by experts in the field.