Department of Chemistry

Principal Investigator

Marco Caricato
Assistant Professor
Malott Hall, Room 3062B

2014-present: Assistant Professor, KU
2010-2014: Research Scientist, Gaussian, Inc.
2006-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University 
: Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude in Chemistry at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Pisa, Italy.
2002: M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.


Alessandro Biancardi
Postdoctoral Associate

2013-2014: Post-Doctoral Researcher, International School of Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy

2012-2013: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

2012: Ph.D. Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

2009: Laurea specialistica (MSc equivalent) in Chemistry (main field: Physical Chemistry), Università di Parma, Parma, Italy

2007: Laurea triennale (BSc equivalent) in Chemistry, Università di Parma, Parma, Italy

Graduate Students

Tal Aharon
Graduate Student

B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Matthew Barclay
Graduate Student

B.S. from Creighton University.

Amy Jystad
Graduate Student

B.S. from the University of St. Mary

Sijin Ren
Graduate Student

B.S. from Murray State University

Undergraduate Students

Former Members:

  • Jeremy Barnes (REU participant from Park University)
  • Joseph Harms (Lawrence High School)
  • Claudiu Caraiani (KU physics major)




10/04/17 Congratulations to Alessandro, Amy, and Matt for the publication of their papers!

12/15/16 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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