Bio

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2012)Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2017)Postdoc: Stanford University (2017-2018)

Christopher will join the faculty of the University of Virginia in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He completed his B.S. and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

Work in the Paolucci group will focus on computer simulations of chemical reactions at interfaces.  Research areas include computational catalysis (understanding how current catalysts accelerate chemical reactions at the molecular level, and predicting the performance of potential new ones), and modeling of material synthesis and deactivation for both catalysts and other solid materials.  The lab will use existing quantum and classical simulation methods and also develop new hybrid methods that bridge micro and macroscopic length scales through the use of techniques such as machine learning and Monte Carlo simulation.  In addition, we will work closely with experimental colleagues to validate models and test our predictions.

Awards

  • Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award 2017
  • Gordon Research Conference in Catalysis First Place Poster Award 2016
  • AIChE Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum Graduate Student Award 2015
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering AIChE Travel Award 2015
  • University of Notre Dame Center for Research Computing Award 2015
  • Kokes Travel Award for the 24th North American Catalysis Society Meeting 2015
  • The Patrick and Jana Eilers Graduate Student Fellowship for Energy Related Research 2015

Research Interests

  • Computational catalysis
  • Quantum chemical calculations
  • Modeling of material synthesis and deactivation
  • Molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Dynamic multinuclear sites formed by mobilized copper ions in NOx selective catalytic reduction ABS Science 2017, 6354 (357), 898-903
  • Catalysis in a Cage: Condition-Dependent Speciation and Dynamics of Exchanged Cu Cations in SSZ-13 Zeolites ABS Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016, 138 (18), 6028