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Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Speaker: Joshua Schrier, Haveford College
Talk Title: Data-driven Approaches to Discover Reactions and Uncover Mechanisms for Exploratory Materials Synthesis
Location: Chemla Room (67-3111)


Biography:

Dr. Joshua Schrier joined the faculty at Haverford College in 2008. His teaching focuses primarily on the physical chemistry sequence, as well as general chemistry, and materials/nano-science courses. His 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.

Dr. Schrier 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. His 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.

Dr. Schrier was a Luis W. Alvarez postdoctoral fellow in computational sciences, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working under the guidance of Lin-Wang Wang. His 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.