Chemical Theory Center

May 2020

The Chemical Theory Center consists of faculty members and their research groups in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota who carry out a broad range of cutting-edge theoretical chemistry and computational chemistry research.

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Meet CTC

Meet CTC is a series of interviews conducted with members of the Chemical Theory Center. Each profile will feature the scientist’s research and its real world applications, along with their life outside of academia.

Ramanish Singh is a second-year chemical engineering graduate student in the Siepmann group. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. Ramanish’s current projects involve first-principles molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations using the CP2K package. In the past, he utilized these same tools in an effort to understand the spatial distribution of neighboring molecules in liquid chlorine. In his free time, Ramanish enjoys playing ping-pong, biking, doing yoga, and listening to music. He also likes reading short stories, with his favorite being written by Anton Chekhov and R. K. Narayan.

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Meghan McGreal is a 5th-year graduate student in the Goodpaster Group. For her undergraduate degree in chemistry, Meghan attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In Fall 2019, she was a Community Faculty at Metropolitan State University, where she taught a general chemistry course. She also has teaching experience at the University of Minnesota, where she was the head TA for general chemistry for five semesters. After completing her graduate program, she wants to become a professor at a primarily undergraduate institution so she can continue to pursue her passion for undergraduate education. All of her current projects are based around modeling transition metal catalysis.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 9:45 am, Zoom

Matthew Neurock

Chemistry Department Seminar

Friday, June 12, 2020, 4 pm

Jingyi Chen



NuMat Technologies (Skokie, IL)

Several positions are now open, including postdoctoral researcher and senior chemist. NuMat is a leader in the field of molecular manufacturing – designing, building and delivering fully engineered products and systems which are atomically precise. Their work now spans multiple end-markets (electronics, life science, transportation, chemicals, etc.) and process technologies. The open positions and application instructions can be found here.

Lecturer in Scientific Computing at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom)

The role holder will be responsible for the development and delivery of new teaching content and methods in scientific computing in the physical sciences. This position is part of a new faculty-led initiative to introduce degree programmes involving Scientific Computing. The initial programmes in this area (BSc/MSci Chemistry/Physics with Scientific Computing) will be admitting students from autumn 2020, and there will be significant opportunity to contribute to the preparation and development of content, both independently and collaboratively on units led by other members of staff. The position will be part of the Bristol Scientific Computing centre (BriSC). For an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Simon Hanna ( or Dr. Natalie Fey (

Postdoctoral Research Fellows, University of Queensland

Several positions are available for talented postdoctoral research fellows with expertise and interest in theoretical and/or computational studies of nonequilibrium systems. The researchers will contribute to a large project that involves development of statistical mechanical theories of nonequilibrium fluids, development of nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation algorithms, and application of these to study applications such as energy storage and polymer processing.

For further details or to apply, please see:

Positions are also available for a PhD students interested in this field. More information on the PhD positions is available by emailing with the email subject “PhD in Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science”. Students can also directly apply at