Former Group Members

Former Sabbatical Visitors

Anders Hellman

Associate Professor, Chemical and Applied Physics, Centre for Catalysis
Chalmers University of Technology
Gothenburg, Sweden
Email: anders.hellman (at)

Alfredo Juan (Fulbright Visitor)

Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics
Universidad Nacional del Sur
Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Email: cajuan (at)

Enrico Smargiassi

Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics
University of Trieste
Trieste, Italy
Email: smargiassi (at)

Alessandro Fortunelli (S01)

Institute for Chemical-Physical Processes, CNR
Pisa, Italy
Email: alessandro.fortunelli (at)

G. Barney Ellison

Professor of Chemistry
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
Email: barney (at)

Christopher R. Anderson

Professor of Mathematics
Los Angeles, CA
Email: Anderson (at)

Hsiu-Yao Cheng (S95)

Department of Chemistry
Tunghai University
Taichung, Taiwan

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Christoph Riplinger (P13)

Postdoctoral Fellow
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Muelheim, Germany
Email: cr16 (at)

Youqi Ke (P10)

Assistant Professor, School of Physical Science and Technology
ShanghaiTech University
Shanghai, China
Email: keyq (at)

Johannes M. Dieterich (P12)

Software Developer
Scientific Computing & Modelling (SCM)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Email: dieterich.joh (at)

Gbenga Oyedepo (P12)

Email: gbengao (at)

Dalal Kanan (Ph.D. ’13, P13)

Visiting Assistant Professor
Fordham College at Lincoln Center
New York, NY
Email: dkkanan (at)

John A. Keith (P10)

R.K. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Energy
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Email: jakeith (at)

Florian Libisch (P11)

University Assistant, Institute for Theoretical Physics
Vienna University of Technology
Vienna, Austria
Email: florian.libisch (at)

Maytal Caspary Toroker (P09)

Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Technion Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel
Email: maytalc (at)

Ana Belen Muñoz-García (P11)

Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences
University of Naples “Federico II”
Naples, Italy
Email: anabelen.munozgarcia (at)

Michele Pavone (VG04, P10)

Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences
University of Naples “Federico II”
Naples, Italy
Email: mipavone (at)

Doron Naveh (P08)

Senior Lecturer
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel
Email: doron.naveh (at)

Ashwin Ramasubramaniam (P06)

Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Adjunct Faculty in Chemical Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA
Email: ashwin.ramasubramaniam (at)

Ivan Milas (P06)

Research Investigator
Wilmington, DE
Email: ivanmilas (at)

Nicholas Mosey (P06)

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Queens University
Ontario, Canada
Email: nicholas.mosey (at)

Patrick Huang (P03)

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
California State University, East Bay
Hayward, CA
Email: patrick.huang (at)

Berit Hinnemann (P05)

Business Development Manager
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Lyngby, Denmark
Email: berit (at)

Karin Carling (P03)

Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant
Email: karin.carling (at)

Kyle Caspersen (P02)

Limited Term Staff Member
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA
Email: caspersen3 (at)

Arun Venkathanathan (P01)

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
Pashan Pune, India
Email: arun (at)

Ashok Arya (P00)

Scientific Officer ‘H’
Professor, Chemical Sciences
Homi Bhabha National Institute
Mumbai, India
Email: aarya (at)

Yan Alexander Wang (P97)

Associate Professor of Chemistry
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
Email: yawang (at)

Frank Starrost (P99)

Projection Manager, PMP
T-Systems GEI GmbH
Hamburg, Germany
Email: frank.starrost (at)

Thorsten Klüner (P00)

Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
Email: Thorsten.kluener (at)

Niranjan Govind (P96)

Senior Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA
Email: niri.govind (at)

Stuart C. Watson (P96)

Systems/Network Manager
UCLA Chemistry
Los Angeles, CA
Email: scw (at)

Asbjorn Christensen (P96)

Project Researcher
Danish Institute of Fisheries Research
Charlottenlund, Denmark
Email: asc (at)

Eyal Fattal (P96)

Senior Scientist
Israel Institute for Biological Research
Ness-Ziona, Israel
Email: eyalf (at)

Antonio J. R. da Silva (P95)

Professor of Physics, Departamento de Materais e Mecanica
Instituto de Fisica – Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Email: ajrsilva (at)

Irina V. Ionova (P91)

Senior Programmer
Countrywide Home Loans
Westlake Village, CA

Zhihua Liu (P93)

Molecular Simulation Inc.
San Diego, CA

Tsun-Mei Chang (P92)

Associate Professor of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Kenosha, WI
Email: tsun-mei.chang (at)

Bernd Hartke (P90)

Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
Institute for Physical Chemistry, University of Kiel
Kiel, Germany
Email: hartke (at)

Barry C. Bolding (P89)

Vice President
Scalable Systems, Cray Inc.
Seattle, WA
Email: bbolding (at)

Former Graduate Students

Nima Alidoust (Ph.D. ’15)

McKinsey & Company
Stamford, CT
Email: nalidoust (at)

Junchao (Steven) Xia (Ph.D. ’15)

Quantitative Researcher
Citadel, LLC
Chicago, IL
Email: stevenxiajunchao (at)

David B. Krisiloff (Ph.D. ’15)

Data Scientist
Sotera Defense Solutions
Herndon, Virginia
Email: davidkrisiloff (at)

Andrew Ritzmann (Ph.D. ’14)

Science Teacher – Physics
The Pennington School
Lawrenceville, NJ
Email: andrew.ritzmann (at)

Victor Oyeyemi (Ph.D. ’14)

Postdoctoral Associate
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Email: victor.oyeyemi (at)

Ilgyou (Isaac) Shin (Ph.D. ’13)

Senior Research Engineer
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Email: ilgyou81 (at)

Dalal Kanan (Ph.D. ’13)

Visiting Assistant Professor
Fordam College at Lincoln Center
New York, NY
Email: dkkanan (at)

Peilin Liao (Ph.D. ’12)

Postdoctoral Fellow
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Email: (at)

Chen Huang (Ph.D. ’11)

Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
Email: chuang3 (at)

Linda Hung (Ph.D. ’11)

Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
Email: lhung (at)

Tsz S. Chwee (Ph.D. ’10)

Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR
Email: chweetsj (at)

Kristen Marino (Ph.D. ’09)

Research Fellow
University College London
London, England
Email: k.marino (at)

Donald Johnson (Ph.D. ’09)

Army Research Laboratory
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD
Email: donald.f.johnson (at)

Sahar Sharifzadeh (Ph.D. ’09)

Assistant Professor
Boston University
Boston, MA
Email: ssharifz (at)

Vincent Ligneres (Ph.D. ’08)

Email: vligneres (at)

Greg Ho (Ph.D. ’08)

Senior Computer Vision Scientist
SRI International-Sarnoff
Princeton, NJ
Email: gregho (at)

Andrew Szilva (Ph.D. ’06)

Senior Consultant
Princeton Consultants, Inc.
Princeton, NJ
Email: aszilva (at)

Keith Niedfeldt (Ph.D. ’06)

Quant Researcher
Tudor Investment Corporation
Greenwich, CT
Email: keith.niedfeldt (at)

De-en Jiang (Ph.D. ’05)

Assistant Professor
University of California Riverside
Riverside, CA
Email: de-en.jiang (at)

Baojing Zhou (Ph.D. ’04)

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Nanjing University of Science and Technology
Nanjing, China
Email: bzhouster (at)

Robin L. Hayes (Ph.D. ’04)

Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/Chemist
U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences
Washington, DC
Email: robin.hayes (at)

Vincent Cocula (Ph.D. ’04)

Co-Founder and CTO
Santa Monica, CA
Email: vcocula (at)

Amity Andersen (Ph.D. ’04)

Research Scientist, Molecular Science Computing
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA
Email: amity.andersen (at)

Derek Walter (Ph.D. ’03)

Litigation Associate
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Redwood Shores, CA
Email: (at)

Emily Asche Jarvis (Ph.D. ’02)

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
Email: emily.jarvis (at)

Claudine C. Tazartes (Ph.D. ’97)

Research Scientist
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Gregg Reynolds (Ph.D. ’97)

Director of Software Development
Bellevue, WA
Email: greggr (at)

Doug A. DeMoss (Gibson) (Ph.D. ’96)

Systems Administrator
Neil Relocation, Inc.
Tustin, CA
Email: demoss (at)

Michelle R. Radeke (Ph.D. ’96)

Flexbiz Corporation
Santa Barbara, CA
Email: michelle (at)

Larry E. Carter (Ph.D. ’95)

Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Ocean City, CA
Email: lecarter (at)

Todd J. Martinez (Ph.D. ’94)

Ehrsam and Franklin Professor of Chemistry
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Professor of Photon Sciences,
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Stanford, CA
Email: todd.martinez (at)

Christine J. Wu (Ph.D. ’93)

Career Physicist
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA
Email: wu5 (at)

Paul C. Weakliem (Ph.D. ’92)

Information Technology Director
California NanoSystems Institute, UCSB
Santa Barbara, CA
Email: weakliem (at)

Hua Wang (MS ’91)


Harold (Tracy) Wadleigh

PhD Student, Department of Mathematics
Los Angeles, CA
Email: wadleigh (at)

Anne Yu (MS99)

General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator
Pomona College
Claremont, CA
Email: Anne.Yu (at)

Wun Chiou (G99; MS03)

HighTech LA Charter High School
Los Angeles, CA
Email: wun (at)

Yi Qin (G89; MS91)

Professor of Chemistry
Phoenix College, Chemistry Department
Phoenix, AZ
Email: qin (at)

Todd M. Tamura (G88; MS90)

Tamura Environmental, Inc.
Petaluma, CA
Email: todd (at)

Former Visiting Graduate Students

Beatriz Gonzalez del Rio (VG ’13, ’14)

Universidad de Valladolid
Valladolid, Spain

Rathin Choudhury (VG ’02)

Developer, ION Trading
London, UK

David Garcia-Aldea (VG ’01)

Departmentode Fisica Fundamental
Madrid, Spain
Email: dgaldea (at)

Jerome Dabin

Email: dabin.jerome (at)

Former Undergraduate Students

Francis Ricci (U15)

Software Engineer
Facebook, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA
Email: fjricci15 (at)

Rajiv Uttamchandani (U07)

General Education instructor (teaching physics, mathematics, and astronomy)
New York Film Academy
Northridge, CA
Actor, Affinity Artists Agency
Email: rawisraj316 (at)

Jason Kawasaki (U05, B.S.E.09)

Kavli Postdoctoral Fellow
Kavli Institute at Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Email: jkawasaki (at)

Mitchell Ong (B.S. ’03)

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA
Email: ong7 (at)

Marat Nepomnyashy (U98)

Senior Developer
System Administrator (C++/Java/SQL)
Email: marat07 (at)

Kathy L. Sorge (B.S. ’95)

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Shervin Khodabandeh (B.S. ’93; Ph.D. Caltech)

Executive Director
Opera Solutions
Pasadena, CA

Benjamin C. Hitz (U91; BS92)

Researcher, Department of Genetics
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Email: hitz (at)

David A. Blank (B.S. ’92; Ph.D. UCB)

Professor of Chemistry
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Email: blank (at)

Aseem Mehta (B.S. ’91; Ph.D. Caltech)

Former High School Students

Joanna Gubman (HS 00)

Los Angeles, CA

Arel Lidow (HS 99)

David Dickinson (HS 95)

Culver City, CA