Piecuch Research Group Proposes Novel Computational Approach

  • Jan 15, 2018

Piotr Piecuch, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy leads a research group specializing in quantum calculations which has proposed a radically new computational approach to solving the complex many-particle Schrödinger equation, which is used to explain the motion of particles such as electrons in atoms and molecules.

By understanding the details of this motion, one can determine the amount of energy needed to transform reactants into products in a chemical reaction, or the color of light absorbed by a molecule, and ultimately accelerate the design of new drugs and materials, better catalysts and more efficient energy sources.

For more details on the new computational approach proposed by Prof. Piecuch's group, see this January 12th MSU Today article, this news item on the College of Natural Science website, or the original scientific paper published in the December 1, 2017 Physical Review Letters (https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.223003).