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Physical Chemistry, Nanoscience, Theoretical Chemistry

Can we predict and design the properties of new materials for information and energy technology? My research efforts aim to understand and utilize quantum mechanical effects to improve material properties, develop simple rules that explain how chemical structure influences these properties, use these rules to guide computational screenings for new materials, and then interact with experimental collaborators to develop these materials. Some current areas of interest include organic semiconductors, organically-templated inorganic solids and two-dimensional nanostructure (e.g., graphene, bilayer silica)s, and applications of machine-learning to materials synthesis. Haverford College undergraduate students play a key role in these studies, and many publish their work in top journals.

How can we bring the transformative power of computational chemistry into the classroom? My teaching aims to integrate modern computational techniques into the chemistry curriculum. My textbook, Introduction to Computational Physical Chemistry (2017) tries to bring this into the junior-level P-Chem, advanced topic, or beginning graduate level. I am currently working on ways of teaching first-year chemistry that adopt a more simulation and data-science approach to the material.