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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

Giulia Galli is the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Institute for Molecular Engineering and professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago. She also holds a senior scientist position at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Prior to joining the University of Chicago and ANL, she was professor of chemistry and physics at University of California, Davis, and the head of the Quantum Simulations group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She holds a doctorate in physics from the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a recipient of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Science and Technology Award, the Department of Energy Award of Excellence, the 2018 Materials Research Society Theory Award, the 2019 David Adler Lectureship in Materials Physics, and the 2019 Nelson W. Taylor Award. She served as chair of the Extreme Physics and Chemistry of Carbon Directorate of the Deep Carbon Observatory, and is currently the director of Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials, established by Department of Energy.

Professor Galli's 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. Her research group investigates solids, liquids, and nanostructures in addition to physical and chemical processes relevant to solar energy conversion, water resources, and quantum information technologies.

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