We seek to understand the effects that impact the strength and geometry of non-covalent interactions involving aromatic rings (π-stacking interactions, anion-π interactions, etc.) through the application of computational quantum chemistry and to quantify the role of these non-covalent interactions in organic chemistry, materials science, and molecular biology. To this end, we employ computational chemistry methods spanning the full gamut of techniques, ranging from high-accuracy ab initio methods [MP2, CCSD(T), etc] and density functional theory (DFT) to classical molecular dynamics simulations. One of our primary aims is the development of computational and conceptual tools for the rational design of asymmetric organocatalysts and organic electronic materials. To this end, a hallmark of our work is the emphasis on building predictive physical models that are of great utility for chemists.
B. A., 2002, New College of Florida
Ph. D., 2006, University of Georgia
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow 2006-2010, University of California, Los Angeles