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I joined the faculty at Haverford College in 2008. My teaching focuses primarily on the physical chemistry sequence, as well as general chemistry, and one-dimensional solid-state chemistry (i.e., nanowires). My research emphasis is on organic semiconductors, organically-templated inorganic solids, and graphene nanostructures. This work has been supported by the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, and grants of supercomputer time by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing facility and the NSF XSEDE supercomputing facility in Pittsburgh, PA.
I received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from St. Peter's College, in Jersey City, NJ in 2000, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California---Berkeley in 2005. My doctoral work was conducted under the guidance of K. Birgitta Whaley, and focused on the theory of magneto-optical, transport, and magnetic properties in nanocrystals and fullerenes, motivated by the desire to use these for quantum computing applications.
I was a Luis W. Alvarez postdoctoral fellow in computational sciences, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working under the guidance of Lin-Wang Wang. My research at LBL shifted to the use of high-performance parallel plane-wave pseudopotential density functional methods for the study of nanostructures. One goal of this work was to explore the interplay between strain and optical properties in nanostructures, and the second was to try to calculate properties of these types of materials relevant to photovoltaic applications.