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  • 09/20/18

    Professor Gagliardi elected Member of Academia Europaea

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Professor Laura Gagliardi has been elected a Member of Academia Europaea. Academia Europaea members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education, and research.

Founded in 1988, Academia Europaea has about 3,800 members who include leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics, and the law. The Academy organizes meetings and workshops, provides scientific and scholarly advice (one of the 5 pan-European organisations recently invited by the European Commission to participate in the new Scientific Advice Mechanism - SAM) and publishes the European Review

Professor Gagliardi

Gagliardi is one of the most highly accomplished theoretical and computational chemists in the world, internationally known for her contributions to the development of electronic structure methods and their use for understanding complex chemical system. Her work involves the prediction and modeling of chemical phenomena by means of advanced chemical computation. 

She leads the highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, which is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Department of Energy and based at the University of Minnesota. This center focuses on the computationally guided discovery of a new class of energy-science-relevant catalytic materials and the underlying structure–function relationships that will guide further catalyst discovery. 

Gagliardi is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and recipient of the Bourke Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, and serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. She also serves on the advisory board for SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at Stanford University in California.

Gagliardi earned her doctorate from the University of Bologna, Italy, and was a post-doctorate at the University of Cambridge. She joined the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry faculty in 2009, after working in Palermo and Geneva.