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Car wins DOE funding for computational chemistry center

Awards- - By Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Wednesday, Sept. 19, that Roberto Car, Princeton’s Ralph W. *31 Dornte Professor in Chemistry and a professor with the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, was one of 10 researchers to win funding for computational chemistry. His proposal title was “Computational Chemical Science Center: Chemistry in Solution and at Interfaces.”

The researchers, located at nine universities and the Ames Laboratory in Iowa, are developing open-source software for supercomputers to aid in developing new catalysts, solvents, photo-sensitive materials, and a range of other molecules and chemical processes.

Car, a member of Princeton’s faculty since 1999, is also associated faculty in the Department of Physics, the Program in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE).

Projects were chosen by competitive peer review under the Office of Basic Energy Sciences within the DOE Office of Science. The award recipients will share a total of $21.6 million for projects lasting four years in duration. See the list of projects for more information.