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MEET THE FACULTY


The faculty at Virginia Tech are scientifically innovative, highly collaborative, and global leaders in their fields. They endeavor to make discoveries that redefine the bounds of chemistry, while maintaining a student-centered focus on graduate education.

Whether through research mentoring, classroom teaching, or supportive guidance, each faculty member is committed to your success at Virginia Tech. Take a look at our faculty, learn more about their research, and sign up to request a Zoom meeting.

The link at the end of each section will lead to a Qualtrics survey where you can select faculty with who to meet. The survey is not section-specific so you can go at your own pace. Enjoy!

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CHEMICAL BIOLOGY & DRUG DISCOVERY

from organic synthesis to natural products

PAUL R. CARLIER
Antimalarial drug discovery and drug target identification

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ANDREW N. LOWELL
Development of antibiotics, adjuvants and chemotherapeutics

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EMILY E. MEVERS (Joining Fall 2020)
Discovery of pharmaceutical agents from marine microbes

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WEBSTER L. SANTOS
Drug discovery for sphinogosine kinase inhibitors and mitochondrial uncouplers

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THEORY & COMPUTATION

from dynamics to electronic structure

T. DANIEL CRAWFORD
Quantum chemical and machine learning methods for predicting the properties of chiral molecules

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NICHOLAS J. MAYHALL
Simulating electron correlation and entanglement in classical computing and quantum computing platforms

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DIEGO TROYA
Quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics approaches for energy, the environment, and catalysis

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EDWARD F. VALEEV
High-performance implementations of electronic structure methods for the predictions of molecules and materials properties

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VALERIE WELBORN
Hybrid molecular dynamics methods for the simulation of biological systems and complex interfaces

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ENERGY & CATALYSIS

from mechanisms to batteries

DIANA IOVAN (Joining Fall 2020)
Inorganic and bioinorganic approaches for transition metal catalysis: fundamental studies and applications

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FENG LIN
New technology for energy generation and storage

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JOSEPH MEROLA
Organometallics as highly selective asymmetric catalysts and as anti-microbials

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AMANDA MORRIS
Molecular and metal-organic framework approaches to solar energy conversion and catalysis

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JOHN R. MORRIS
Nanomaterials for catalysis and environmental physical chemistry

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JIM M. TANKO
Electron transfer reactions, proton coupled electron rasnfer, oxygen-centered radicals, and enzyme mechanisms

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GORDON YEE
Earth-abundant magnet discovery and analysis

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POLYMERS & MATERIALS

from fuel cells to biomaterials

PAUL DECK
Fluoropolymers in materials and organometallic chemistry

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ALAN R. ESKER
Physical chemistry of polymers, biopolymers and surfaces

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GUOLIANG "GREG" LIU
Polymers and composites for energy, water and catalysis

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LOUIS A. MADSEN
Polymer self-assemblies, energy materials, transport-structure relations

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JOHN B. MATSON
Polymer synthesis and drug delivery

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ROBERT B. MOORE
Polymer morphology and characterization

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MICHAEL D. SCHULZ
Polymer synthesis and biomaterials

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