Research Team Investigating CdS Clusters
This past summer Dr. Stacie Nunes worked with two students investigating the structure and electronic properties of [Cd(SR)4]2- clusters. In this formula, R represents one of seven possible organic groups, or hydrogen. The students, Rosemary Holguin (2008) and Alexis Santana (2008), used Gaussian 03 software to optimize the structure of the CdS clusters and calculate various properties. They also learned how to use GaussView, another advanced software package, to visualize the cluster structures and the associated electron density.
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty mentor is a normal part of the physics major at New Paltz.
Left to right: Dr. Stacie Nunes (Physics), Rosemary Holguin, and Alexis Santana take a breather from their calculations.