Russ Pitzer Lecture

Gustavo Scuseria
October 22, 2018
All Day
130 CBEC


Gustavo Scuseria - Rice University


Monday, September 22 at 4:10pm in CBEC 130

"Symmetry, degeneracy, and strong correlation"

Gustavo E. Scuseria is the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, USA. Professor Scuseria received his PhD from the University of Buenos Aires in 1983. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Georgia before joining the Rice faculty in 1989.

Professor Scuseria’s main research field is computational quantum chemistry, an area where he has made seminal contributions to the development of new methodologies and their application to molecules, solids, and nanoscale systems. He is the author of more than 493 publications that have received more than 62,000 citations according to Web of Science and has been listed as Highly Cited Researcher since 2006. His h-index is 102. Scuseria has presented more than 380 invited lectures at international conferences, academic and research institutions all over the world including several named lectures: Peter Pulay (U of Arkansas), Israel Pollak (Technion), Lisa Meitner Minerva (Tel Aviv U), MARVEL (EPFL Lausanne), Moses Gomberg (U of Michigan), Eolo Scrocco Colloquium (U of Pisa), CUSO lecture Series (Geneve, Lausanne, Bern, Fribourg), John L. Margrave Memorial Lecture (Rice U), and Robert S. Mulliken (U of Georgia).

He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Guggenheim Foundation, and Royal Society of Chemistry.

He has received numerous awards including Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, NSF Creativity Extension, IBM Partnership, Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology Theory, Humboldt Research Award, and the Boys-Rahman Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Scuseria has been co-Editor of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation published by the American Chemical Society since 2006. He is currently in the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, and the Scientific Advisory Board on the Many Electrons Initiative of the Simons Foundation in New York. He has organized international conferences and workshops, reviewed for numerous journals and funding agencies, and participated on multiple editorial boards.

Research in the Scuseria group straddles between quantum chemistry, condensed matter physics, and materials science, focusing on novel methods for electronic structure theory, particularly strong correlation, and applications to molecules and materials of importance for energy and the environment. His contributions to the field have been incorporated into popular quantum chemistry software packages used in academia and industry.


The Russ Pitzer Lectures

Russ Pitzer Headshot
Russ Pitzer received his B.S. degree in chemistry with honor in 1959 from the California Institute of Technology where he also played football. In 1963 he received his Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in the same year.

From 1963 to 1968 - Dr. Pitzer was a professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology until he moved to the Ohio State University. He was promoted to professor in 1979. In 1986 Dr. Pitzer co-founded and served as Acting Associate Director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center. In 1988 he became a trustee of Pitzer College in Claremont, California, an institution which was founded by his father, Kenneth Pitzer, who was also a highly regarded chemist.

Dr. Pitzer served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at The Ohio State University from 1989 to 1994. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at Pitzer College in 2003.

He has held visiting faculty positions at Berkeley, Bielefeld (Germany), Cambridge (England) and the University of Georgia.

His doctoral thesis is considered one of the very few genuine landmarks in the history of theoretical chemistry.

The pioneering research Dr. Pitzer presented in his 1973 paper "Electron Repulsion Integrals and Symmetry Adapted Charge Distributions" enabled ab initio computations on larger molecular systems than previously possible.

Previous Lecturers:

2017 - J. Andrew McCammon

2016 - Emily Carter

2015 - William Goddard

2014 - Klaus Schulten

2013 - Michele Parrinello

2012 - Martin Head-Gordon

2011 - William H. Miller

2010 - Rodney Bartlett

2009 - Fritz Schaefer

2008 - Thom Dunning



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