David

Research Expertise and Interest

theoretical chemistry

Research Description

David Limmer is an assistant professor in the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley.  His lab's research endeavors to advance theoretical descriptions of complex, condensed phase materials especially in instances where equilibrium ideas do not apply. They do this using concepts and methods developed by considering contemporary statistical mechanics unified when appropriate with principles from disparate disciplines in theoretical science. They ultimately aim to derive effective theories and coarse-grained descriptions and do so with the help of modern numerical techniques and computer simulation. Inspiration for specific problems comes from close collaboration with experimentalists studying real physical systems in microscopic or mesoscopic detail.  Specific areas of current interest include the emergent behavior of systems undergoing simple chemical dynamics in complex environments, the response of nanoscale systems driven far from equilibrium and the solid-electrolyte interfaces relevant to basic energy science.

In the News

Study Answers Questions About an Elusive Tiny Molecule

A new study with implications for atmospheric chemistry has answered some long-enduring questions about the chemical reactivity of an air pollutant molecule with aerosol, revealing the vital role played by the interface between water and gas. The results carry impacts for environmental and climate science, as well as human health.
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