Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Gendebein Room, Skillman Library
Heidi Hendrickson

In the Hendrickson group, we use computational methods to investigate molecules and materials that can be used to solve a wide variety of chemical problems. We carry out all of our “experiments” on the computer, which means that there are endless possibilities in the types of molecular systems and processes that we can model! This talk will provide an overview of current projects in our group. We seek to understand the electronic properties of various polymer materials, which enables us to determine how these materials may be used in electronic devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, and field-effect transistors. To study these molecular systems, we use ab initio approaches, such as density functional theory (DFT), which take into account the quantum behavior of electrons in these systems. We also use quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approaches and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study properties of these molecular systems within the bulk material. We are also interested in understanding how proteins function in biological systems and the way that small molecules interact with these proteins. In order to understand these interactions, we use a combination of various computational methods, including protein-ligand docking, quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approaches, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to identify relevant protein-ligand interactions. 


Sponsored by: 
Academic Research Committee, Library, CITLS

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David Nice