Welcome to the new Jordan Group website!

We are a theoretical chemistry research group at the University of Pittsburgh led by Dr. Kenneth Jordan.

Group News

  • Jun, 2017: Kevin has been awarded the 2017/2018 PQI Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Congratulations Kevin!
  • May, 2017: Arai gave a talk on "Theoretical approaches for characterizing nonvalence correlation-bound anions" at the 2017 Pittsburgh's Simulators Meeting.
  • May, 2017: First year graduate student, Shiv Upadhyay, joined our group. Welcome Shiv!
  • Apr, 2017: Kevin presented a poster on "Improved Descriptions of Wave Function Nodes for Strongly Correlated Systems" and Arai presented a poster on "Equation-of-Motion Coupled-Cluster Theory for Non-Valence Correlation-Bound Anion States" at PQI 2017 Quantum Revolutions event.
  • Mar, 2017: Ken gives a seminar on "Accommodation of Excess Electrons and Protons by Water Clusters" at the University of Utah.
  • Feb, 2017: Tae Hoon Choi returns to Pitt as Research Assistant Professor. Welcome back Tae Hoon!
  • Jan, 2017: First year graduate student, Bryan Henderson, joins the group. Welcome Bryan!
  • Dec, 2016: Congratulation's Arai on receiving the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship for Sping and Summer 2017!
  • Dec, 2016: Togo and Ken's paper on "Snapshots of the Grotthuss relay mechanism in water" was published in the Dec. 2 issue of Science. This was a joint study with the Johnson (Yale Univ.), McCoy (Univ. Washington), and Asmis (Univ. Leipzig) groups.
  • Nov, 2016: Congratulations to Abhijeet and Kevin on passing their comprehensive exams!
  • Nov, 2016: Kaye gave a talk on "Proton-coupled electron tranfer in [C5H5(H2O)n]- clusters" at the NOBCChE National conference in Raleigh, NC.
  • Oct, 2016: Mary Sherman (a former postdoc in the group) and Ken have a paper on Wilcox torsion balance systems accepted in J. Phys Chem. This work was done in collaboration with Mark Ams of Allegheny College.
  • Oct, 2016: Arai presented a poster on interacting Drude oscillators at Science 2016.
  • Sep, 2016: Togo's paper on "Characterization of the primary hyration shell of the hydroxide ion in H2 tagging vibrational spectroscopy of the OH-(H2O)n=2,3 and OD-(D2O)n=2,3 clusters" has been accepted been accepted by J. Chem. Phys. This work was carried out in collaboration with Mark Johnson's group at Yale Univ. and Anne McCoy's group at the Univ. of Washington.
  • Sep, 2016: Mike Falcetta (a former group member) and Ken have a paper on "Stabilization Calculations of the Low-Lying Temporary Anions States of Be, Mg, and Ca", accepted in a special issue of Chemical Physics in Honor of Prof. Cederbaum.
  • Aug, 2016: Kaye's paper on "Proton-coupled Electron Transfer in [Pyridine · (H 2 O)n]-, n = 3, 4 Clusters" has been accepted by Chemical Physics Letters.
  • Aug, 2016: Ken gives a talk on "Developing model Hamiltonians for electron-molecule interactions" at the National ACS meeting in Philadelphia.
  • Aug, 2016: Ken gives an invited talk on "Accommodation of Electrons and Protons by Water Clusters" at the ISSPIC meeting in Jÿväskylä, Finland.
  • Aug, 2016: Togo presents a poster on "Exploring charge accommodation in cold gas-phase water clusters using vibrational spectroscopy" at the ISSPIC meeting in Jÿväskylä, Finland.
  • Aug, 2016: Congratulations to Xun for her successful thesis defense!
  • Jul, 2016: Kaushik and Ken have a review article on "Theoretical Studies of Neutral and Charged Water Clusters" accepted for publication in the Specialist Periodic Reports on Computational Chemistry series of the RSC.
  • Jul, 2016: Ken presents a talk "Quantum Drude Oscillators for Modeling Dispersion" at the TSRC Workshop on Many-Body Interactions.
  • Jul, 2016: Former postdoctoral fellow, Mary Sherman, has accepted the post of visiting Assistant Professor at Duquesne University.
  • Jun, 2016: Kevin and Abhijeet attend the Quantum Monte Carlo Training Workshop at UIUC.
  • Jun, 2016: Togo and Kevin present posters at the LUEST TSRC meeting in Telluride.
  • Jun, 2016: Ken presents an invited talk on multiconfigurational trail functions in DMC calculations at the LUEST TSRC meeting in Telluride.
  • May, 2016: Kaye gives talk on "Proton-coupled electron transfer in [C5H5(H2O)n ]- clusters" at the 2016 Simulators Meeting.
  • May, 2016: Reena joins the group as a summer intern. She is a student of the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research. Welcome Reena!
  • Apr, 2016: Ken and Kevin have coauthored a chapter titled "Diffusion Monte Carlo Study of the Parallel Displaced Form of the Benzene Dimer" in the ACS Symposium Series volume titled "Advances in Quantum Monte Carlo".
  • Apr, 2016: Togo has been awared a Goldblatt Fellowship for the summer of 2016. Congratulations Togo!
  • Mar, 2016: Arai has been awarded the Mary E. Warga Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the summer of 2016. Congratulations Arai!
  • Mar, 2016: Ken gives an invited talk on Vibrational Spectra on Protonated Water Clusters in a Symposium on Spectroscopic Signatures of Large Amplitude Motion, at the ACS Meeting in San Diego.
  • Mar, 2016: Post-doc, Kaushik, joins the group. Kaushik comes to us from Cambridge University where he was a postdoctoral fellow with David Wales. Welcome Kaushik!
  • Mar, 2016: Ken and Michael Falcetta of Grove City College, a former student in the group, co-authored a paper titled "Ab initio calculation of the cross sections electron impact vibrational excitation of CO via the 2Π shape resonance", which was published in J. Chem. Phys.
  • Feb, 2016: A manuscript on "Electronic properties and chemical reactivity of ultrathin picene films on the Ag(100) surface" which Kaye co-authored was accepted for publication in a special issue of Surface Science in memory of John Yates. This paper was a collaborative study with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the NETL DOE laboratory.
  • Feb, 2016: Reddy has started a new post doc appointment in the group of Prof. Noam Agmon.
  • Jan, 2016: Togo's paper on Dispersion Dipoles for coupled Drude oscillators was published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.
  • Jan, 2016: First year graduate student, Arailym, joins the group. Welcome Arailym!
  • Dec, 2015: Ken gave a talk on "Going beyond single determinant trial functions for diffusion Monte Carlo calculations" at a Symposium on Quantum Monte Carlo methods held in the PACIFICHEM meeting in Honolulu.
  • Dec, 2015: A manuscript on the structure of the SF6 dimer, co-authored with two former postdocs (Aude and Tijo) in the group, was accepted by the Journal of Physical Chemistry.
  • Dec, 2015: A manuscript on the use of Brueckner orbitals in DMC calcualtions, coauthored with Mike Deible, a former student in the group, was just accepted by Chemical Physics Letters.
  • Nov, 2015: Ken gives invited talk on accommodation of charge by water networks at the Advances in Chemical Physics S ymposium in honor of Bob Compton at the 2015 SERMACS-SWRM meeting in Memphis.
  • Oct, 2015: Togo's poster on protonated water clusters is selected for an outstanding poster award at the ARC2015 symposium.
  • Oct, 2015: Ken gives a talk on "Rings, cages, prisms and cubes; the myriad forms of water clusters" at Auburn University.
  • Oct, 2015: Ken gives a talk on "Correlation-bound anion states of moleclues and clusters" at Georgia Tech.
  • Oct, 2015: Ken gives an invited talk in the "Effective Theories, Mixed Scale Modeling and Emergence" Symposium in Pitt's Center for Philosophy of Science.
  • Oct, 2015: Vamsee's paper on nonvalence correlation-bound anion states of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons was published in JPC Lett.
  • Sept, 2015: Aude Marjolin a former postdoc in the group becomes the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute.
  • Sept, 2015: Wendy Lampart a former PhD student in the group assumes a position at Cal Poly as Lecturer in Chemistry.
  • Sept, 2015: Kaye's paper on electron-induced proton transfer in anionic [C5H5N.(H2O)n]- has been accepted by JCP. This is a joint project with the Johnson group at Yale University, the Hammer group and Prof. Tschumper at University of Mississippi.
  • Aug, 2015: Our QMC paper on Be2 has been published by JCP. Mike, Kevin, and Melody are co-authors. This project was initiated when Melody was an undergrad in the group. It is also Kevin's first paper.
  • Jul, 2015: Kaye attends the 2015 Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry.
  • Jul, 2015: Togo's paper on protonated water clusters is published by JPC as a feature article. This paper is joint with the Johnson group at Yale and with Sotiris Xantheas and his postdoc Shawn Kathmann of PNNL.
  • Jul, 2015: Congratulations to Xun for her successful proposal defense!
  • Jun, 2015: Ken gives an invited talk at a TSRC workshop on Electronic Resonances.
  • Jun, 2015: Ken gives a talk on new approaches to modeling long-range dispersion interactions at the TSRC workshop on intermolecular interactions.
  • Jun, 2015: Kaye attends a Software-Development Summer School for Computational Chemistry, Biomolecular Simulation, and Materials Modeling at Virginia Tech.
  • Jun, 2015: Mary attends the Molecular Response Properties Summer School at Virginia Tech.
  • Jun, 2015: Ken gives a talk at a TSRC workshop in honor of Steve Berry.
  • Jun, 2015: Ken co-organizes (together with Mike Gillan and Miguel Morales) a TSRC Workshop on Stochastic Methods in Electronic Structure Theory and presents the results of calculations by Mike. Kevin also presents a poster at the workshop.
  • Jun, 2015: Togo and Vamsee's paper on the application of quantum chemistry methods to Drude oscillators is published in Chem. Phys. Lett. as an Editor's Choice article.
  • May, 2015: Abhijeet receives A&S fellowship for the next academic year.
  • May, 2015: Mike defends his Ph.D. Next month he starts in a faculty position at the West Point Military Academy.
  • Apr, 2015: Ken gives an invited talk at the CECAM workshop on Stochastic Electronic structure methods held in Lausanne. Mike also attends the workshop with support from a travel award from the MCC (funded by NSF).
  • Apr, 2015: Melody, an undergraduate researcher in the group graduates. Melody has been accepted into several PhD programs and has decided to attend Univ. North Carolina.
  • Apr, 2015: Ken gives a Frontiers in Chemistry Lecture at Wayne State University.
  • Mar, 2015: Kaye and Ken present talks at the symposium in honor of George Shields) (Recipient of the 2015 ACS Award for Undergraduate¬† Research) at the Spring National ACS meeting in Denver.
  • Mar, 2015: Meysam defends his Ph.D. Later this summer he starts a postdoc in Mechanical Engineering at CMU.
  • Mar, 2015: Mary Sherman (Ph.D., Univ. Notre Dame) joins the Jordan and Lambrecht groups as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • Mar, 2015: Tijo assumes a position of Research Associate at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India.
  • Feb, 2015: Togo presents a poster at the 2015 Gaseous Ions GRC meeting in Galveston, TX on the effects of solvation on the vibrational spectroscopy of the hydronium ion.
  • Jan, 2015: Ken presents the Provost lecture associated with his being named Richard King Mellon Professor. Several former group members attend, allowing current group members to get to know these "names from the past".
  • Jan, 2015: First year Graduate student Abhijeet Das joins the group.
  • Dec, 2014: S. Nagaprasad Reddy (Nag) joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow.
  • Nov, 2014: Vamsee's paper on nonvalence correlation-bound anions has been published in Nano Lett.
  • Aug, 2014: Togo receives a fellowship for the Spring term from the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute.
  • Jul, 2014: Xun presents a poster at the American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry in Telluride, CO.
  • Jun, 2014: Congratulations to Vamsee for his successful Ph.D. thesis defense! He will move to UC, Irvine where he will do a postdoc with Philipp Furche.
  • Jun, 2014: We are glad to welcome first-year graduate student Kevin Gasperich as a new member of our group.
  • May, 2014: Congratulations to Eric for his successful Ph.D. thesis defense! He will join the research group of Andres Cisneros at Wayne State Univ. as a postdoc.
  • Apr, 2014: Congratulations to Wendy for her successful Ph.D. thesis defense! Starting in the Fall, she will be teaching chemistry classes at Duquesne University and Robert Morris Univ.
  • Feb, 2014: Ozan's paper on the DCACP method for treating dispersion has been published in Chem. Phys. Lett. and has been selected as an editor's choice article and was featured on the cover.
  • Feb, 2014: Ken has been appointed as the Richard King Mellon Professor.