May 18, 2021:  Ruben and Nathanael have their review paper “Deconvolving Contributions to Decoherence in Molecular Electron Spin Qubits: A Dynamic Ligand Field Approach” published in Chemistry, A European Journal out today! The article was selected by the editorial office as part of their Showcase for outstanding review-type articles! We also thank David Cagan for the frontispiece artwork!

May 18, 2021:  Huge congratulations to Nathanael for being a 2021 Hertz Fellowship recipient! 

August 21, 2020: We are excited to finally announce the installation of Cryomagnetics 5T (room temperature bore) and 7T (VTI) magnets to our lab space! These 500lb pieces were hoisted onto the laser table and put into place by Alec and Ryan R. Stay tuned for exciting steady-state and ultrafast magneto-optical studies as a result!


June 20, 2020: We are excited to welcome Elisabeth Gallmeier to the group as a summer researcher through the Caltech SURF program!


June 8, 2020: Congratulations to Alex on earning the 2020 Women Mentoring Women Candice Rypisi Outstanding Mentor Award!

May 27, 2020: Nick, Alex, and Patryk’s recent J. Chem. Phys. paper was chosen to be a part of the 2020 JCP Emerging Investigators Special Collection! A big congrats to all!

March 19, 2020: Congratulations to Ruben whose recent article was chosen for the front cover of PCCP and the 2020 hot article collection! David again created the stellar artwork!

March 4, 2020:  Congratulations to Ruben for passing candidacy! 

March 3, 2020: The ChemRxiv preprint of “Spin–Phonon Coupling and Dynamic Zero-Field Splitting Contributions to Spin Conversion Processes in Iron(II) Complexes” by Nick, Alex, and Patryk is now online! Check it out!


January 21, 2020: The Hadt lab participated in an on-campus outreach event, demonstrating some fun photochemical reactions to local middle-schoolers!

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December 26, 2019:  The preprint of Gautam’s first-author paper Multireference Ground and Excited State Electronic Structures of Free- versus Iron Porphyrin-Carbenesis now on ChemRxiv


December 16, 2019:  Gautam and Ryan Ribson have their paper “Quantifying Entatic States in Photophysical Processes: Applications to Copper Photosensitizers” published in Inorganic Chemistry! Thanks go to David Cagan for the awesome cover art! 


December 6, 2019:  Congratulations to Alex for passing candidacy! 

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December 1, 2019:  Today David Cagan joined the group. Welcome, David! 

November 19, 2019:  Carina Jette (Stoltz group) and Jaron have their paper “Copper-Catalyzed Enantioselective Allylic Alkylation with  γ-Butyrolactone-Derived Silyl Ketene Acetal” published in Angewandte Chemie! A fun collaboration with the Stoltz group.

October 21, 2019:  The preprint of Ruben’s first first-author paper, “The Dynamic Ligand Field of a Molecular Qubit: Decoherence Through Spin-Phonon Coupling” is now on ChemRxiv

August 22, 2019:  Today our WAVE summer undergraduate student, Grace Chen from Wesleyan University, presented her summer research.  It has been wonderful spending time with both Grace and  Patryk Kozlowki, our SURF summer undergraduate from Caltech. 


May 2019:  The Hadt lab welcomes its first post-doctoral scholar, Dr. Alec Follmer.  Welcome Alec!

April 29, 2019:  In our first outreach event, the lab enjoyed presenting photochemistry demonstrations to roughly 80 students from Marshall Fundamental Secondary School.  Thank you to the Agapie and See groups for letting us join you in this enriching outreach opportunity. 

April 4, 2019:  During the move to the new lab space, Nick and Ryan R. unpack the Astrella femtosecond laser from Coherent.  And many more fun toys to come! 


March 29, 2019:  The Hadt lab enjoyed hosting a lab warming party in our newly finished laboratories and student office.  Thank you to all who came and visited! 


February 17, 2019:  Many thanks to Dr. Martin Srnec and his computational chemistry research group for hosting Gautam at the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry in Prague, Czech Republic!  For the past month, Gautam greatly enjoyed learning from Dr. Srnec, post-doc Dr. Mauricio Maldonado, and graduate student Daniel Bim.  Below Martin (top left), Mauricio (bottom left), Dan (bottom right), and Gautam are relaxing after a productive day of research.

January 28, 2019:  Congratulations to Ryan Ribson on passing his candidacy exam with flying colors!

January 2019:  The Hadt lab warmly welcomes new students Alexandra Barth, Ruben Mirzoyan, and Jaron Tong!

December 17, 2018:  Ruben, Nick, Ryan R., and Alec collect data during the first Hadt lab RIXS beam time at Argonne National Laboratory!


December 3, 2018:  Dropping our laser tables into the Noyes basement!


November 8, 2018:  We celebrated Ryan Ribson’s birthday with dinner and pool at the Rathskeller.  Happy birthday Ryan!


November 7, 2018:  Dr. Joseph Meany gives the Hadt lab a tutotrial on its new OLIS spectrophotometer.  Abs/fluorescence/CD/MCD/CPL/MCPL all in one box!


October 3, 2018:  New CCE faculty wishing Prof. Frances Arnold a big congratulations on her Nobel Prize in Chemistry! 


October 2, 2018:  We have received virtual reality visualizations of our to-be-constructed lab and offices.  Check out our optics lab, wet lab, and the student office!  Works best on Chrome.   

September 2018:  Ryan Ribson begins work in the Hadt lab. Welcome Ryan!

August 8, 2018:  The inaugural Hadt lab literature meeting is held. Special visitor Prof. Harry B. Gray made this a day to remember!  


August 2018:  Nick Higdon and Gautam Stroscio begin work in the Hadt lab. Welcome Nick and Gautam!  Construction on the Hadt lab space is underway in the Noyes basement.  We cannot wait to see the finished space!


August 1, 2018:  Prof. Ryan G. Hadt starts at Caltech!