Bourke Award 2016 Winner

Professor Laura Gagliardi
Professor Laura Gagliardi
University of Minnesota


Awarded for her contributions to quantum chemistry aimed at predicting new materials for catalysis, gas separation and at describing excited state phenomena



About the Winner

Laura Gagliardi was born and raised in Bologna, Italy. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Bologna. She defended her PhD thesis (in theoretical chemistry) in 1997, focusing on the development of configuration interaction methods. She then spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate in Cambridge, UK, where she worked on density functional theory and actinide chemistry.

 She started her independent career as an assistant professor at the University of Palermo, Italy, in 2002, and two years later received the annual award of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science to scientists under 40. In 2005, she moved to the University of Geneva, Switzerland as an associate professor, and in 2009 she moved to the University of Minnesota as a full professor-the latter institution recognized her as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 2014, and she currently directs Minnesota's Chemical Theory Center. 

Since 2014, she has also been director of the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. Gagliardi develops novel quantum chemical methods and applies them to problems related to sustainability. Specifically, she explores molecular systems and materials used in catalysis, separations (including carbon dioxide sequestration), and in photovoltaic applications. She is also interested in photochemical processes and heavy-element chemistry. 

Her research is aimed at explaining existing phenomena and predicting structure-function relationships for new molecular and material design. She has co-authored more than 230 peer-reviewed papers.

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