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Hrant P. Hratchian, a Michigan native, obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) and completed doctoral studies under the tutelage of Professor H. Bernhard Schlegel at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) where he was an NSF-IGERT Graduate Fellow. From 2005-2008 he was the Ernest R. Davidson Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), where he worked with Professor Krishnan Raghavachari. From 2008-2013, he was a Research Scientist at Gaussian, Inc. (Wallingford, CT). Since 2013, he has been Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of California, Merced. Prof. Hratchian’s research interests include the development and application of efficient computational chemistry methods to explore the unique properties of transition metal catalyzed processes.

Principal Investigator

Prof. Hrant P. Hratchian

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Phone: 209.228.2365

EMail: hhratchian@ucmerced.edu

Twitter: @hphratchian

cv_hph.pdf (as of 5/30/2016).

Lee M. Thompson is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Merced in the group of Professor Hrant P. Hratchian. Originally from the United Kingdom, he obtained his Masters degree from the University of Southampton before moving to the group of Dr. Michael J. Bearpark at Imperial College London for his doctorate. Completed in 2013, the focus of his doctoral work was the study of vibrational modes, excited state reaction pathways and surface crossings of systems in complex environments. This was achieved through development and application of the ONIOM hybrid computational method. His current research interests are in the study of spin contamination in double hybrid DFT calculations with a view to computing on-the-fly dynamics of transition metal catalyzed reactions. Away from work he enjoys the fantastic countryside the Merced region has to offer.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Lee M. Thompson

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EMail: lthompson6@ucmerced.edu

Xianghai Sheng is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Merced. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry at Fudan University in China. He is now working on the development and application of efficient computational chemistry methods to compute J-coupling values in transition metal complexes, as well as exploring the properties of the biologically important Fe-S complexes.

Graduate Students

Xianghai Sheng

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Samantha Bidwell is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Merced. She obtained a B.S. in chemistry at Grand Valley State University in 2015.

Samantha Bidwell

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Hassan Harb is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Merced. In 2015, he earned an M.S. in chemistry from the American University of Beirut.

Hassan Harb

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Lisa Gong is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Merced. She completed a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California Davis in 2015.

Lisa Gong

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Undergraduate Students

Nicole Giddings

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Stephen Flaherty

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Sheyda Partovi

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Susana Calderon

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