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    Professor Laura Gagliardi elected a Fellow of American Physical Society

Professor Laura Gagliardi has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), honored for her seminal contributions to the development of electronic-structure methods and their application to the understanding of complex chemical systems, including the prediction of new materials and associated properties. She was also elected vice chair of the APS Division of Chemical Physics and will take office in March 2017.

Gagliardi is one of the most highly accomplished theoretical and computational chemists in the world. 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. 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. She obtained the federal funding for and is now associate director of the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, which discovers and explores microporous and mesoporous materials, including metal-organic frameworks, zeolites, and porous polymer networks.

She recently received a Bourke Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, honored for her contributions to quantum chemistry focused on predicting new materials for catalysis, gas separation, and excited state phenomena. She was also invited to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Gagliardi is a a University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and an associate editor for the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

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

The American Physical Society works to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. Additional information about the APS and its Fellows is available on the American Physical Society website.