Prof. Richard A. Friesner

Principal Investigator

Educational background:

B.S. University of Chicago (George Holtzwarth) 1973,  Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Ken Sauer) 1979

Postdoc: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Bob Silbey) 1979-1982

Research Interests:

  • Development and application of novel methods for ab initio electronic structure calculations, including mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods
  • Development of a new generation of molecular mechanics force fields, including explicit incorporation of polarizability
  • Investigation and improvement of continuum treatments of aqueous solvation
  • Computational models and algorithms for protein structure prediction
  • Modeling of protein-active site chemistry using quantum chemical and QM/MM methods
  • Electron transfer theory
  • Quantum chemical modeling of the interactions of small molecules with surfaces and nanostructures.