Team

We are a dynamic & multidisciplinary group looking to grow.

We are deeply committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming group environment & believe that a broad spectrum of backgrounds, perspectives, & life experiences enrich our collective experience of science & ability to solve complex problems. We welcome students & postdocs of all genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, & disability statuses.

PI: Andrés Montoya-Castillo

Email: andres.montoyacastillo@colorado.edu

Andrés is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder and affiliated faculty in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program. His research interests center around developing and applying theory and simulation methods to investigate the dynamics of chemical processes in the condensed phase.

For more details, see About Andrés.

CU Boulder

Graduate Students

Anthony Dominic (Summer research student, Chemical Physics)

Email: Anthony.Dominiciii@colorado.edu

Research Focus:

  • Developing & applying methods compatible with atomistic descriptions of chemical systems to accurately capture quantum dynamics of energy transfer in the condensed phase by exploiting memory kernels and semiclassical approximations.

Education:

  • Incoming graduate student, Chemical Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • B.S. in Chemistry & Math, North Central College

Ryan Grimm (Summer research student, Chemical Physics)

Email: Ryan.Grimm@colorado.edu

Research Focus:

  • Constructing multiscale theoretical approaches to elucidate & simulate the exciton dynamics and charge transport observed in experiments focused on organic semiconductors and nanomaterials.

Education:

  • Incoming graduate student, Chemical Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • B.S. in Chemistry & Applied Math, University of New Mexico

Katherine Gruenewald (Summer research student, Materials Science & Engineering)

Email: Email: Katherine.Gruenewald@colorado.edu

Research Interests:

  • Exploiting machine learning approaches to increase the efficiency of quantum dynamics approaches aimed at simulating and understanding the quantum dynamics of electron transfer in and optical spectroscopy of molecular aggregates.

Education:

  • 2nd-year graduate student, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • B.S. in Nanoscience, SUNY Polytechnic

Justin Ratkovec (1st year, Chemistry)

Email: Justin.Ratkovec@colorado.edu

Research Interests:

  • Developing semiclassical methods to capture and interpret nonlinear optical spectroscopy in the condensed phase for applications in renewable energy

Education:

  • Graduate student in Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • B.S. in Chemistry & Philosophy & minor in Math, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Ben Rich (Summer research student, Chemistry)

Email: Email: Benjamin.Rich@colorado.edu

Research Interests:

  • Elucidating the spectroscopic signatures of proton coupled electron transfer reactions in solution.

Education:

  • Incoming graduate student, Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • B.S. in Chemistry, Northeastern University

Stanford

Austin Atsango

3rd year, Chemistry

Michael Chen

4th year, Chemistry

Joseph Kelly

1st year, Chemistry

Past Mentees

Nicole Hartman: 5th year, Physics, Stanford University

Yanbing Zhu: 4th year, Applied Physics, Stanford University

Collaborators