Jan Martin, among the world's leading computational chemists, has joined UNT as a distinguished university research professor.
The arrival of Martin — who was most recently the Baroness Thatcher Professor of Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute in Israel — will further bolster UNT's strength in computational chemistry.
Martin is a member of the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM), a collaboration of faculty who use advanced scientific computing to pursue research, training and education projects with applications in biology, chemistry, and materials science and engineering. The federally funded center has helped UNT earn a national reputation for research in computational chemistry.
Since 1996, Martin has worked at the Weizmann Institute, one of the top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions in the world. His research interests include the development of accurate methods for computational thermochemistry and spectroscopy, the design of more universally applicable density functional methods, and applications of computational chemistry to solve problems in catalysis and renewable energy.
Martin has won numerous awards, including the Dirac Medal of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, the Outstanding Young Scientists Award of the Israel Chemical Society and the Alumni Award of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. He has published more than 220 scientific papers in international journals.
Sarah Bahari with UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.