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Benjamin Levine

IACS Endowed Chair

Benjamin G. Levine’s research program focuses on developing and applying methods for simulating electronically excited molecules and materials, including those important for solar energy conversion and light-driven chemistry.  His work encompasses the development of new theories and simulation methods, the efficient implementation of these methods on high-performance computer hardware, and the application of the resulting tools to solve real chemical problems of fundamental and technological interest.  Ben received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001.  He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 2007 under advisor Prof. Todd J. Martínez before performing his postdoctoral work with Prof. Michael L. Klein at University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.  Ben’s independent career began in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University in 2011.  He joined IACS and the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook in 2020.  Ben is recipient of the 2017 Journal of Physical Chemistry/PHYS Lectureship and the 2017 OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.