Gagliardi Group

Laura Gagliardi

Curriculum Vitae

Identifying information

Academic Rank
  • Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering
Education
  • M.A./M.S. University of Bologna, Italy, 1992
  • Ph.D./J.D. University of Bologna, Italy, 1997
Positions/Employment

University of Chicago

  • Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor, Department of Chemistry, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and James Franck Institute, September 1, 2020 – present
  • Director, Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry, September 1, 2020 – present
  • Director, Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (EFRC), 2014 – present

University of Minnesota

  • McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, 2019 – 2020
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 2014 – 2020
  • Professor, 2009 – 2020
  • Graduate Faculty Appointment in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 2012 – 2020
  • Director, Chemical Theory Center, 2011 – 2020
  • Director, Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, 2012 – 2014

Previous Employment

  • Associate Professor, University of Geneva (Switzerland), 2005 – 2009
  • Assistant Professor, University of Palermo (Italy), 2000 – 2004
  • Postdoctoral Appointment — University of Cambridge (U.K.), 1998 – 2000
  • Graduate Appointment — University of Bologna (Italy), 1993 – 1997
Current Membership in Professional Organizations
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Academia Europea

Honors and Awards

2020: Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2020: Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society
2019: Elected Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
2019: McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair
2019: Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society
2018: Elected Member of Academia Europea
2018: Humboldt Foundation Research Award
2017: Elected Member of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists
2016: Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
2016: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2016: Bourke Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2016: Isaiah Shavitt Lectureship award, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
2014: Distinguished McKnight University Professor
2010: Swiss National Science Foundation Grant
2004: Annual award of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science to scientists under 40, with citation: “for her innovative contributions to prediction and understanding of new inorganic molecules using quantum chemical methods”
1993: Award ‘Toso Montanari’ (University of Bologna) for the student with the highest-mark graduation in chemistry

Visiting Professorships or Visiting Scholar Positions
  • École Normale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, France, 2015
  • Lund University (Sweden), Department of Chemistry, 2005
  • University of Tokyo (Japan), Department of Chemistry, 2003 and 2005
Named Lectures
  • Charles Coulson Lecture, University of Georgia, March 19, 2019
  • The Borden Endowed Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, February 28, 2018

Service and Outreach

Service To The Discipline/Profession/Interdisciplinary Area(s)

Editorships/Journal Reviewer Experience

  • Associate Editor
    • Journal of the American Chemical Society , 2021 – present
    • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2016 – 2020
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board
    • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 2019 – present
    • Journal of Catalysis, 2018 – present
    • Chemical Reviews, 2015 – present
    • ACS Central Science, 2014 – present
    • The Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013 – 2018
    • Inorganic Chemistry, 2014 – 2016
    • Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, 2009 – present
    • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2012 – 2016
    • Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2011 – 2016

Committee Memberships

  • Elected Officer of the Physical Division of the American Chemical Society (2021-2026; Chair in 2023)
  • Elected Officer of the American Physical Society Division of Chemical Physics (2017-2020; Chair in 2019)
  • Elected Alternate Councilor for the Physical Chemical Division of the American Chemical Society (2013-2016)
  • Chair of the Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society (2012-2013)
  • Officer of the Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society (2011-2012)
  • Member of the Chemical Science Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (2019-present)

Organization of Conferences, Workshops, Panels, Symposia

2019: 7th Annual OpenMolcas Developers’ Workshop, June 2019, Minneapolis, USA
2019: DOE Workshop on Earth Abundant Catalysis, April 2019 Rockville, USA
2019: APS DCOMP Program Chair of the APS March Meeting 2019
2018: International Conference on Coordination Chemistry ICCC2018 symposium “S28 Theoretical Coordination Chemistry”, Sendai Japan
2018: APS March Meeting 2018 Symposium, “Excited States and Non-adiabatic Dynamics in Molecular Systems,” Los Angeles, USA
2017: The Minnesota Workshop on ab Initio Modeling in Solid State Chemistry with CRYSTAL, Minneapolis, USA
2016: Short course on “Reaction Mechanisms” for the Energy Frontier Research Center, Minneapolis, USA
2015: Crash course on “Catalysis” for the Energy Frontier Research Center, Minneapolis, USA
2015: 249th ACS national meeting symposium, “Design of Materials and Chemical Processes: The Genomic Approach,” Denver, USA
2014: 247th ACS national meeting symposium, “Heavy Element Chemistry,” Dallas, USA
2012: 244th ACS national meeting symposium, “Bridging the Gap Between Quantum Chemistry and Classical Simulations,” Philadelphia, USA
2012: Electronic Structure Theory for Strongly Correlated Systems, Palermo Italy
2008: Swiss Summer School in Computational Chemistry, Villars, Switzerland
2007: Molcas Workshop, Villars, Switzerland
2006: Symposium in honor of Björn Roos, Crete
2005: European Summer School in Quantum Chemistry Palermo, Italy
2000: European Summer School in Quantum Chemistry Riolo Terme, Italy

Outreach Lectures and Activities

2021: February 9, IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast, Lecture on “Women pursuing careers in science: challenges and opportunities”
2018: January 31, KAUST, Meeting with women graduate students, postdoctoral associates and staff to discuss about career opportunities and challenges for women in science, especially in the Middle East
2017: October 12, Humboldt University, Berlin, Meeting with women graduate students and postdoctoral associates to discuss about career opportunities and challenges for women in science
2017: June 6-August 10, Organizer of the Undergraduate Theoretical Chemistry Summer Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota. The Chemical Theory Center hosted four undergraduate students to perform summer research in theoretical chemistry.
2017: May 31, Imperial College, London Meeting with women graduate students and postdoctoral associates to discuss about career opportunities and challenges for women in science
2017: April 4, 253rd ACS National Meeting post-doctoral breakfast in which established female professors meet young female post-docs, with the aim of sharing their experience as women in computational chemistry and in mentoring the next-generation
2017: February 23, Brigham Young University, Meeting with women undergraduate students and women faculty to discuss about women in science
2016: April 5, École Normale Supérieure Paris, “Journée des Jeunes Chercheurs: meeting with French chemistry graduate students to discuss the differences and similarities between a European and an American scientific career”
2015: November 20, Ripon College, WI, Invited lecture on “Women pursuing careers in science: challenges and opportunities”
2015: May 11, Boston University, Meeting with women undergraduate students and women faculty to discuss about women in science
2010: October 28, Stanford University, Distinguished Women in Science Colloquia

Service To The University/College/Department

University of Chicago

  • Director of the Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry, 2020-present
  • Graduate Student Admissions Committee, Department of Chemistry, 2020-present
  • Faculty Appointment Committee, Department of Chemistry, 2020-present
  • Diversity Committee, Department of Chemistry, 2020-present

University of Minnesota

  • Director of the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (EFRC), 2014 – present
  • Director of the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, 2012 – 2014
  • Director of the Chemical Theory Center, 2012 – 2020
  • Planning Staffing and Resources Committee, 2013 – 2016
  • Graduate Student Admissions Committee, 2012 – 2018
  • Graduate Student Symposium Committee, 2011 – 2013
  • Faculty Search Committee, 2010 – 2012; 2014; 2015; 2018
  • Faculty Award Committee, 2018 – 2020

Teaching and Curriculum Development

Courses

University of Minnesota

  • CHEM 4021/8021, Computational Chemistry (3/4 credits)
  • CHEM 4502, Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
  • CHEM 8552, Advanced Quantum Chemistry II: Electronic Structure Theory (4 credits)

At Other Institutions

  • Computational Chemistry (Masters and Doctoral)
  • Group theory in chemistry (Undergraduate)
  • Molecular Spectroscopy (Masters)
  • Statistical Thermodynamics (Graduate)
Curriculum Development

I have developed from scratch CHEM 8552, Advanced Quantum Chemistry II: Electronic Structure Theory. I have designed electronic presentation and course notes for CHEM 4502 now used by students and other instructors.

Advising and Mentoring

Advisor to 36 postdoctoral scholars (6 current), 24 doctoral students (12 current), 9 masters students, 39 undergraduate (1 current) and 4 high-school researchers

Invited Presentations

More than 130 invited talks at national and international conferences; more than 105 invited seminars at various national and international universities, research laboratories and companies.

Publications

Author of more than 385 publications in peer-reviewed journals

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