Chemistry Highlights

New Faculty Member and Research on Nanoscale Dynamical Processes: Theory and Computation

Ignacio Franco, Professor of Chemistry. Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.

Ignacio Franco joined the Chemistry faculty at the University of Rochester in July 2013. Ignacio received his B.Sc. in chemistry from the National University of Colombia in 2001. After completing the diploma program in condensed matter physics at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste in 2002, he moved to the University of Toronto to pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical chemical physics under the guidance of Paul Brumer. Ignacio’s Ph.D. work was in the field of Quantum Control and focused on investigating the use of lasers to induce ultrafast controllable currents along nanoscale junctions. In 2008 he joined Northwestern as a postdoctoral fellow in the groups of Mark A. Ratner and George C. Schatz where he worked on the theory and simulation of single-molecule pulling experiments. He then moved to Berlin to take a position as group leader and Humboldt research fellow in the Theory Department of the Fritz Haber Institute in 2011, where he investigated electronic decoherence processes in molecules.


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March 24, 2014
Douglas Turner Wins 2014 UR Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education.  more...

November 13, 2013
Dan Weix invited to attend Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium.  more...

November 1, 2013
Rich Eisenberg 2013 Oesper Award Recipient.  more...

October 12, 2013
Rudi Fasan & Dan Weix chosen to speak at Award Symposium.  more...

January 27, 2014
Ian Goldsmith-Rooney invited to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April.  more...

April 18, 2014 • 9:30 AM
Expanding the Functional Utility of Proteins as Research Tools and Therapeutic Leads
Professor Brian McNaughton
Hutchison Hall 473

April 25, 2014 • 9:30 AM
Target-Driven Total Synthesis
Professor Seth Herzon
Hutchison Hall 473

April 28, 2014 • 4:00 PM
Insight into In-situ Iron C-C Cross-Coupling Catalysts through Structure, Bonding, and Mechanism
Stephanie Daifuku
Hutchison Hall 473

April 28, 2014 • 4:00 PM
Mechanistic Studies for Dual Gold Catalyzed Enyne Cycloisomerization
Lloyd Munjanja
Hutchison Hall 473

April 30, 2014 • 12:00 PM
Opening up the Black Box of Quantum Chemical Calculations: New Insights into Bonding and Reactivity of Transition Metal Complexes
Professor Serge Gorelsky
Hutchison Hall 473