About Andrés

Andrés Montoya-Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests center around developing and applying theory and simulation methods to investigate the dynamics of chemical processes in the condensed phase.

Andrés obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics (2011-2016) from Columbia University working with David Reichman on developing methods to simulate quantum dynamics involving multiple electronic states coupled to nuclear motions, i.e., nonadiabatic dynamics, that encode the mechanisms of energy and charge transfer in the condensed phase. As a postdoc in the Markland group at Stanford University (2016 - 2020), Andrés worked on a wide variety of problems, ranging from developing an exact Cartesian map for fermionic operators to address the structure and dynamics of many-electron problems, to developing new methods and systematically assessing existing approaches to calculate the optical spectroscopy of chromophores in solution, and constructing an accurate and efficient DFT diabatization method to set the stage for the on-the-fly ab initio treatment of nonadiabatic dynamics in the condensed phase.

Andrés is deeply committed to teaching, mentoring, promoting equity, and fostering diversity. His teaching has been recognized by the Jack Miller Award for excellence in teaching while he was at Columbia University. Over the past decade, Andrés has also mentored more than 20 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as part of the Markland group at Stanford, oSTEM, the Macaulay Honors College Alumni Mentoring Program, and the ESR Foundation (previously the RFK Science Research Institute).

Education & Training

Stanford University (2016 - 2020)

Postdoctoral scholar

Advisor: Thomas Markland

Columbia University (2011-2016)

Ph.D., M.Phil, & M.A. in Chemical Physics

Advisor: David Reichman

Queens College, CUNY (2009-2011)

M.A. Coursework & Research, Physics

Advisor: Seogjoo Jang

Macaulay Honors College, CUNY (2005-2009)

B. A., Majors: Chemistry & Interdisciplinary Studies (English & Comparative Literature); Minor: Physics

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Award, Penn Conference in Theoretical Chemistry (2017)

  • Jack Miller award for excellence in teaching, Columbia University (2013)

  • Rutgers Fellowship for academic excellence, Columbia University (2012–2013)

  • Jerome Schulman award for research in Physical Chemistry, Queens College, CUNY (2009)

  • Stanley G. Konkol memorial award in Chemistry, Queens College, CUNY (2009)

Invited Talks

  • Upcoming: ACS National Meeting: Symposium on Charge Transfer & Energy Conversion at Interfaces and Defects, Indianapolis, IN, USA (March 2023)

  • Upcoming: Condensed Phase Dynamics, Telluride, CO, USA (July 2022)

  • International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS), Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA (June 2022)

  • Quantum Frontiers in Molecular Science, Telluride, CO, USA (June 2022)

  • The McGill Molecular Science Mini-Meeting (M&MS), Montreal, Canada (June 2022)

  • Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS) @ The Graduate Center, CUNY, NY, USA (May 2022)

  • Queens College, CUNY, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, NY, USA (March 2022)

  • CCI Phase I: NSF Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence, All-Hands Meeting, USA (February 2022)

  • CECAM: Exciton dynamics in functional materials: New theoretical frontiers, Lausanne, Switzerland (December 2021)

  • Quantum Effects in Condensed Phase Systems, Telluride, CO, USA (June 2021)

  • CECAM: Nonequilibrium dynamical solvent effects on excited states: from spectroscopy to photoreactivity, Nancy, France (June 2021)

  • Tel Aviv University, Department of Chemistry, Tel Aviv, Israel (May 2021)

  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Chemistry, CO, USA (February 2020)

  • Duke University, Department of Chemistry, NC, USA (January 2020)

  • Colorado State University, Department of Chemistry, CO, USA (January 2020)

  • Yale University, Department of Chemistry, CT, USA (January 2020)

  • Texas A&M University, Department of Chemistry, TX, USA (December 2019)

  • Harvard University, Department of Chemistry, MA, USA (November 2019)

  • Quantum Effects in Condensed Phase Systems, Telluride, CO, USA (July 2019)

  • Penn Conference in Theoretical Chemistry (PCTC), PCTC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA (August 2017)

  • Statistical Mechanics Seminar, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, CA, USA (April 2017)

  • Theory and Applications of Computational Chemistry Conference, WA, USA (contributed -- September 2016)