posted on July 8, 2014

Two MSI Principal Investigators in the Department of Chemistry, Regents Professor Donald Truhlar (MSI Fellow) and Professor Laura Gagliardi, were featured recently in the University’s Discover blog (Chemists turn key to new energy future, published June 27, 2014). Working with colleagues at the University of California Berkeley, they used computational chemistry to analyze the behavior of a catalyst that converts ethane to ethanol. The work was published in the journal Nature Chemistry in October 2012.

Regents Professor Truhlar and Professor Gagliardi are both members of a number of externally funded centers at the University, including: the Chemical Theory Center (Gagliardi - current Director; Truhlar - Founding Director); Nanoporous Materials Genome Center (NMGC) (Gagliardi - Director); SciDAC Partnership; and the newly funded Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (Gagliardi - Director).

An interview with chemistry Professor Chris Cramer (MSI Fellow), who is the director of the SciDAC Partnership, discussed the NMGC when the grant was awarded in 2012 (see Research Spotlight, MSI Supporting DOE Grants in Computational Chemistry). The announcement of the grant funding the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center was featured in an MSI News story in June 2014. The Research Spotlight series has also featured Professor Gagliardi’s work (Modeling Transition Metal and Actinide Chemistry).

posted on July 7, 2014

Rachael Grazioplene, a Ph.D. candidate in the research group of MSI PI Associate Professor Colin DeYoung (Psychology) is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Reach, a publication of the College of Liberal Arts. The DeYoung group is studying possible biological reasons for personality traits. The use magnetic resonance images to study the brain and need MSI resources for the computationally intensive methods needed to analyze the images.

In the Reach article, Ms. Grazioplene discusses a possible common genetic factor that can cause creativity in some people and mental illness in others. You can read the entire article on the Reach website

posted on July 3, 2014

MSI PI Jian-Ping Wang, a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, is featured in a recent article in the National Journal. The article discusses the University of Minnesota’s Office for Technology Commercialization, which is particularly effective in helping innovators at the U file patents, license those patents, and form companies. Professor Wang has filed 39 patents, has started two companies, and is in the process of forming a third company. He uses MSI for investigations into the highly magnetic material Fe16N2.

The article can be seen at the National Journal website.

posted on June 30, 2014

On Wednesday, July 2, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
• The MSI central filesystem, Panasas, will be upgraded to the latest software version. Clients may experience long IO waits during the upgrade and most MSI resources will be unavailable during this period.
• MSI will be moving and patching our SU accounting server (a pause in scheduling will be in place on all MSI SU accounted systems).
• NX, the no-machine server, will be upgraded to the latest version.
• The Calhoun system will be retired to comply with the B40 construction schedule, which will prepare the space for a new HPC system.
• Portions of the MSI lab queue will be unavailable for several days following the downtime as the physical systems are moved to a new space.

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email


posted on June 25, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has published a list of patents that have been awarded to University researchers during the several months. Several MSI Principal Investigators are on this list. The complete list can be found on the OVPR's Inquiry blog post, "Patent roll call, spring 2014."

The PIs' group pages on the MSI website are linked from their names. Clicking on the Project Title on the page will take you to an abstract of the researchers' project(s) at MSI.

Michael Garwood (Center for Magnetic Resonance Research) and colleagues:

Adiabatic Magnetization Preparation for B1 and B0 Insensitive High Contrast MRI


Pulse gap cycling for improved SWIFT

Thomas Hoye (Chemistry) and colleague:

Calixarene-based peptide conformation mimetics, methods of use, and methods of making

Marnie Peterson (Pharmacy) and colleague:

Compositions and Methods for Controlling Infections

Jakub Tolar (Stem Cell Institute) and colleagues:

Cell therapy for the treatment of lysosomal storage disorders

Georgis Giannakis (Director, Digital Technology Center; Electrical and Computer Engineering) and colleagues:

Estimating frequency-offsets and multi-antenna channels in MIMO OFDM systems - two patents of the same name, 8588317 and 8718185

Michael Tsapatsis (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and colleagues:

Layered zeolite materials and methods related thereto

Jian-Ping Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and colleague:

Magnetic tunnel junction device

Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari (Pediatrics) and colleague:

Mapc generation of lung tissue

Aditya Bhan (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science), Michael Tsapatsis (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and colleagues:

Method and apparatus for producing a fuel from a biomass or bio-oil

Lincoln Potter (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics) and colleague:

Chimeric natriuretic peptides without hypotensive inducing capability

Wei-Shou Hu (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and colleague:

Non-static suspension culture of cell aggregates

Carston Wagner (Medicinal Chemistry):

Protein nanorings

David Lilja (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Jian-Ping Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and colleagues:

Systems and methods for direct communication between magnetic tunnel junctions

Dan Voytas (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development) and colleagues:

TAL effector-mediated DNA modification - two patents of the same name, 8586363 and 8697853

Gunda Georg (Director, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development; Medicinal Chemistry), Ashok Saluja (Surgery) and colleagues:

Triptolide prodrugs