Theoretical Chemistry involves the development of new mathematical models to describe the properties of molecules, using techniques from quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and chemical dynamics. These models can be rather complex, and their application to chemical problems may require substantial computer resources. The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a strong group of faculty working in the development and application of theoretical chemistry methods. Research topics include improved molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, and electronic structure methods yielding a deeper understanding of intermolecular forces. Georgia Tech is one of the lead institutions in the development of the open-source electronic structure package Psi. Application areas include electrochemical energy storage materials, optical and electronic properties of organic materials, and how non-covalent interactions influence drug binding, biomolecular structure, and crystal packing. The School has access to over 1000 processor cores for demanding simulations.
molecular dynamics simulations; protein dynamics; membrane proteins; protein synthesis; bacteria-specific systems and processes
Theoretical chemistry; quantum dynamics; non-adiabatic dynamics; quantum chemistry; quantum embedding; charge transport; light-matter interactions
Molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, quantum chemistry, high-performance computing, electrochemistry, electrochemical energy storage, self-assembly, nanostructured materials, ab initio modeling, machine-learning
Quantum chemistry; intermolecular forces; theoretical chemistry; algorithms; modeling; machine learning and data generation; software development; high-performance computing