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  • Professor Giulia Galli
    02/04/20 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

    Etter Memorial Lecture: Professor Giulia Galli

    Margaret C. Etter Memorial Lecture in Materials Chemistry

Light-activated matter: from energy to quantum information science 

We discuss strategies, based on first principles, quantum mechanical calculations, to understand and predict light-activated processes in materials. We aim to tackle two outstanding challenges: designing sustainable materials to efficiently capture solar energy and enable technologies deployable in both developed and developing countries, and inventing materials to build radically novel sensors and computers, to move in earnest into the quantum information age.

Professor Giulia Galli

Giulia Galli is the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. She also holds a senior scientist position at Argonne National Laboratory, where she is the director of the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was professor of chemistry and physics at the University of California, Davis, (2005-2013), and head of the Quantum Simulations Group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL, 1998-2005). 

She holds a doctorate in physics from the International School of Advanced Studies in Italy. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the LLNL Science and Technology Award, the US Department of Energy Award of Excellence, the Materials Research Society Theory Award, the APS David Adler Lectureship in Materials Physics, the Feynman Nanotechnology Prize in Theory, the medal of the Schola Physica Romana and the Tomassoni-Chisesi award by the Sapienza University of Rome. 

Her research activity is focused on the development and use of theoretical and computational methods to understand and predict the properties and behavior of materials (solids, liquids and nanostructures) from first principles (

Margaret C. Etter Memorial Lecture in Materials Chemistry

Margaret “Peggy” Cairns Etter was born on September 12, 1943. She died on June 10, 1992, from cancer. In 1974, she received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota under the direction of Jack Gougoutas. She taught organic chemistry at Augsburg College in 1975-76, and worked at the 3M Company from 1976 to 1983. She returned to the University of Minnesota as a post-doctoral fellow with Robert Bryant in 1984 and, within a year, had secured an independent academic appointment. Peggy rose rapidly through the ranks and, in 1990, was promoted to full professor. Peggy’s outstanding characteristics as a scientist were her infectious enthusiasm, uncompromising scientific standards, and creativity. Her research group made major contributions in the applications of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the design and properties of organic non-linear optical materials, and most significantly, in the understanding and utilization of hydrogen-bonding interactions in crystals. This was reflected in nearly 80 research papers and in several landmark review articles in prestigious journals. Outside recognition in the form of fellowships from the Sloan and Bush Foundations and an Iota Sigma Pi Award for Excellence in Chemistry represent incomplete reflections of the impact of this work. One of her extramural “side projects” was to found a company called “Rochelle Crystal Corporation,” for which Peggy was named St. Paul Businessperson of the Year in 1986.

  • Event Details

    Location: 331 Smith Hall
    Host: Professor Laura Gagliardi
    • Professor Giulia Galli
    • Giulia Galli
    • Institute for Molecular Engineering
    • University of Chicago

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