Robert A. DiStasio Jr.

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:
Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Academic focus:
Theoretical chemistry

Current research project:
Research in my group focuses on the development, implementation, and application of novel methodologies that extend the frontiers of electronic structure theory in complex condensed-phase environments.

Previous positions:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University, Department of Chemistry, 2009-2015

Academic background:
Ph.D. Theoretical Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, 2009
B.S., Biology and chemistry, Portland State University, 2003

Last book read:
Dune by Frank Herbert and John Adams by David McCullough

In your own time/when not working:
Drinking coffee, spending time with my wife and our puggle, reading, and coding

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Methods of Physical Chemistry (which I will be teaching this Fall!), and Electronic Structure Theory.

What most excites you about Cornell:
The breathtaking and inspirational Ithaca campus, the opportunity to work with brilliant colleagues and students from around the world, and the strong sense of community that I feel here.