Professor
Gilbert 004
541-737-6714
Faculty

Education:Wei Kong
B.Sc., from Beijing University (1987)
Ph.D., from University of Waterloo, Canada (1993)
PDF, Department of Chemistry, Cornell University (1995)

Awards:
NSERC Doctoral Thesis Prize (1993)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (1994)
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2000)
Thomas T. Sugihara Young Faculty research Award (2001)

Research Group web site: Kong Group


Research Interests

Our overarching goal is to solve the crystallization problem in crystallography.  In so doing, we not only develop experimental technologies but also explore frontiers of physical chemistry.  More specifically, we want to build a molecular goniometer by taking advantage of the ultracold temperature of superfluid helium droplets (~0.4 K) and by relying on the anisotropic polarizabilities of most macromolecules.  The molecular goniometer should enable accumulation of diffraction images from millions of molecules all oriented in the same direction, and should also enable recording of images from different orientations.  Multiple projections of the same diffractive object are sufficient for structure determination.


Representative Publications

1.  Jie Zhang, Lei Chen, William M. Freund, and Wei Kong, J. Chem. Phys. 143, 074201 (2015).  “Effective doping of low energy ions into superfluid helium droplets.”
2.  Lei Chen, Jie Zhang, William M. Freund, and Wei Kong, J. Chem. Phys. 143, 044310 (2015).  “Effect of kinetic energy on the doping efficiency of cesium cations into superfluid helium droplets.”
3.  Yunteng He, Jie Zhang, William M. Freund, and Wei Kong, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 86, 084102 (2015). “Facile time-of-flight methods for characterizing pulsed superfluid helium droplet beams.”
4. Colin Harthcock, Jie Zhang, and Wei Kong, J. Phys. Chem. A 119, 11997 (2015).  “Zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy of benzo[h]quinoline.”
5.  Jie Zhang, Yunteng He, William M. Freund, and Wei Kong, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 1801 (2014).  “Electron diffraction of superfluid helium droplets.”  NIHMSID #600071, Editor’s Choice
6.  Colin Harthcock, Jie Zhang, and Wei Kong, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 244308 (2014).  “Far-infrared vibrational spectroscopy of triphenylene.”
7.  Colin Harthcock, Jie Zhang, and Wei Kong, Chem. Phys. Lett. 556, 23 (2013).  “Zero Kinetic Energy Photoelectron spectroscopy of jet cooled benzo[e]pyrene from resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization.”
8.  Jie Zhang, Colin Harthcock, and Wei Kong, J. Phys. Chem. A 116, 1551 (2012).  “Resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization and zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy of Benzo[g,h,i]perylene.”
9.  Jie Zhang, Colin Harthcock, and Wei Kong, J. Phys. Chem. A 116, 7016 (2012).  “Resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization and zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy of chrysene.”
10. Jie Zhang, Colin Harthcock, Fangyuan Han, and Wei Kong, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 244306 (2011).  “Zero Kinetic Energy Photoelectron spectroscopy of jet cooled benzo[a]pyrene from resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization.”
 

Research: 
Materials