Department of Chemistry

We are a theoretical and computational chemistry group, with a focus on quantum mechanics (QM). The common theme of our research is the interaction of molecules and external fields in condensed phase. This includes the simulation of UV/Vis absorption, fluorescence spectra, optical rotation, and electronic circular dichroism spectra of molecules in solution, the evaluation of electron transfer couplings from chromophores to organic crystals, catalysis studies on surfaces and in zeolites. In order to study these phenomena, we develop quantum chemistry models and methods based on a combination of density functional and coupled cluster theory. However, we are not only concerned with methods development, as application of these methods to real chemical problems and direct interaction with experimental groups play a fundamental role in our research.

Please browse through our website for details about our research projects and our group, and feel free to contact us for more information.



12/15/20 Robert and Ty join our group, welcome!

12/14/16 Sijin and Joseph's (Lawrence High School) paper on EOM-CCSD-PCM benchmarcking was accepted in JCTC

11/27/16 Alessandro's paper with Jeremy, our REU student from summer 2015, on point charge embedding for excited states was accepted for publication on JCP.

10/26/16 The entire Caricato group (except Marco) is presenting at MWRM2016 in Manhattan, KS.

10/20/16 Tal's paper on helicene derivatives in collaboration with the Avarvari group in France is accepted for publication in Chemistry-A European Journal!

08/01/16 Alessandro's paper on electronic coupling in solids using DFT PBC methods is published on JPCC.

05/09/16 Sijin's paper on multi-state extrapolation of UV/Vis spectra is published on JCP.

05/07/16 Matt and Sijin receive the McCollum Award for excellence in research. Congratulations!

12/05/15 Matt and Alessandro give a talk at the Kansas Physical Chemistry Symposium, while Tal and Sijin present a poster. 

12/03/15 Amy Jystad joins our group as a graduate student. Welcome Amy!

11/06/15 Marco's paper was accepted in JCTC


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