We do rational design of electronic materials “from the ground up” using both experiments and simulations.

The Hutchison research group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh develops new materials, as well as functional microscale and nanoscale devices. We focus on building electronic materials from molecular subunits, both organic and inorganic, using a variety of techniques to rationally design the desired properties. This encompasses chemical synthesis, characterization (both physical and chemical), combined with theoretical modeling and simulation.

We also develop useful open source chemistry software, including the widely-used Avogadro molecular editor and Open Babel, the chemical toolbox, and the Pitt Quantum Repository.

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