Laura is the Director of the Catalyst Design for Decarbonization Center (CD4DC), a Department of Energy-sponsored Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded researchers at the University of Chicago $12.5 million to advance work aimed at finding innovative solutions for long-lasting hydrogen energy research — potentially offering a zero-emission alternative to fossil fuels. Based at the University of Chicago, the CD4DC will partner with researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, Clemson University, Northwestern University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Minnesota. Read the article here.
The Gagliardi group had a great time at ACS Fall 2022, sharing nine oral talks and four posters throughout the meeting. Laura delivered the Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture on Tuesday, August 23rd entitled Quantum leaps: Chemistry and creativity in a changing world. Her keynote explored how theory, computation, and machine intelligence can work together to help create a more sustainable world and address environmental challenges such as water scarcity, global warming, and clean energy. See you at the next meeting!
Dr. Thais Scott successfully defended her doctoral thesis with the title “Multi-Configuration Pair-Density Functional Theory Developments and Applications to Photochemically Relevant Excited States.” Thais has been selected as a Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) Software Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. Bravo, Thais!
Laura shares what is next for the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation and reflects on serving as Editor-in-Chief in the journal’s recent editorial. The article highlights emerging topics that will receive JCTC’s support and the journal’s societal responsibilities beyond knowledge generation and technological innovation. Read more here.
The Gagliardi group is excited to welcome undergraduate Ariadna Fernandez (University of Illinois Chicago) and graduate student Francesca Fasulo (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) from Naples, Italy. Ariadna joins us from the Open Quantum Initiative (OQI) Undergraduate Fellowship, a summer program focused on developing students’ “research literacy” skills and their exposure to the wide diversity of physics subfields (including experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches).
Grad students Valay Agarawal, Matthew Hennefarth, Ricardo Almada Monter, Zihan Pengmei, and Shreya Verma successfully complete their first year of graduate school and receive approval to prepare for their Ph.D. Candidacy Examination. Bravo, everyone!
Dr. Riddhish Umesh Pandharkar successfully defended his doctoral thesis with the title “Localized multireference methods for strongly correlated systems.” Riddhish has accepted a position at OpenEye Scientific as a Scientific Software Developer located in Santa Fe, NM. Congratulations, Riddhish!
Graduate student, Daniel King is one of two recipients of the Otto H. and Valerie Windt Memorial Fellowship. The award will provide a $400 honorarium and salary support during the 2022 – 2023 academic year. Way to go, Daniel!
Postdoc Dario Campisi‘s project proposal, “A new theoretical method of general applicability to study the chemistry of our solar system”, was recognized with a Seal of Excellence by the European Commission submitted under the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions call HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01-01 — MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021. The project was recognized as a high-quality project proposal in a highly competitive evaluation process but could not receive funding due to budgetary constraints and was therefore recommended by the European Commission for funding by other sources.