Geoffrey R. Hutchison

Geoffrey R. Hutchison

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
B.A. Chemistry, Williams College, 1999 (Lee Y. Park, advisor)
Ph.D. Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2004
(Tobin J. Marks, Mark A. Ratner co-advisors)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry, Cornell University, 2004-2007
(Héctor D. Abruña, advisor)

Founder and Lead Developer, Avogadro
Founder and Lead Developer, Open Babel

Selected Awards and Honors
• 2018 Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award
• 2017 Scialog Fellow in Advanced Energy Storage
• 2012 Cottrell Scholar Award
• 2012 Class of 1960 Scholar Lecturer in Chemistry, Williams College
• 2006 Blue Obelisk Award in Cheminformatics
• 2002 IBM Graduate Student Computational Chemistry Award (American Chemical Society)
• 2001-2003 Northwestern University Materials Research Center Fellowship

Current Graduate Students

Nathaniel Miller

Nathaniel Miller

AFM Maestro (2015-)
Nathaniel is using atomic force microscopy (AFM) to develop accurate electromechanical measurements, test novel piezoelectric materials, and developing micro and nano-scale soft lithographic techniques. He attended the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, completing a B.S. in Chemistry, followed by a P.S.M. in Industrial and Applied Chemistry from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while working in industry.

Chris Petroff

Chris Petroff

Characterization Wizard (2015-)
Chris investigates piezoelectric materials using device-level electromechanical testing. Chris was born and raised in Connecticut. Before coming to Pitt, he earned a B.S. in chemistry from Boston College where he spent two years researching metal-organic frameworks and nanoparticles. An avid runner, Chris ran cross country and track in high school before picking up marathoning in college; he has completed six marathons including Pittsburgh, Chicago, Berlin, and Boston

Dakota Folmsbee

Dakota Folmsbee

Neural Net Tamer (2017-)
Dakota designs machine learning methods to quickly approximate quantum chemical methods. Dakota comes from Vermont, earning a B.S. from Clarkson University.

Anneliese Schmidt

Anneliese Schmidt

Polymer Synthesis Pro (2017-)
Anneliese synthesizes polymers with the Meyer Group, designing conjugated, polarizable sequenced oligomers for high capacitance energy storage. Anneliese received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina Upstate, with industrial research at Milliken and Company, where she synthesized small molecules as additives to improve various polymers’ properties, e.g. toughness or permeability. The goal of my current project is to understand how the sequence of polymer side chains affects the dielectric constant of the polymer.

Danielle Hiener

Danielle Hiener

Genetic Algorithm Optimization (2019-)
Danielle develops genetic algorithms to rapidly find oligomers with interesting electronic structure properties. Danielle grew up in the Pittsburgh region and attended Grove City College, where she earned her B.S. in Chemistry. As an undergrad, she participated in computational research exploring temporary anion states. She enjoys sewing and ballroom/swing dancing.

Ryan Wheat

Ryan Wheat

Metal Organic Framework Finder (2019-)
Ryan combines his interests in computers and chemistry to find stable metal-organic frameworks for new properties. Ryan received his B.S. in Chemistry and a Minor in Music from the Florida Institute of Technology. Spending the majority of his life in a small city in Florida, he finds Pittsburgh to be far colder and noisier.