Theory and Computation

The Rice Applied Physics Graduate Program hosts some of the most distinguished theorists in diverse areas of quantum and classical computation of optical, electronic, magnetic, and thermal processes in cutting-edge materials, devices, and systems, including plasmonic systems, ultracold atoms and molecules, low-dimensional materials, and chemical and biological systems.

Core Faculty Members

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Peter Nordlander

Wiess Chair and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering


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Anatoly B. Kolomeisky

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Department Chair, Chemistry


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Gustavo Scuseria

Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Physics & Astronomy and MSNE

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Ashok Veeraraghavan

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor, Computer Science


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Peter G. Wolynes

Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science; Professor of Chemistry, MSNE, and Physics & Astronomy


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Xaq Pitkow

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine

Other Faculty Members

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Boris Yakobson

Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Engineering; Professor of MSNE and Chemistry


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Kaden Hazzard

Assistant Professor


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Cecilia Clementi

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

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Maarten de Hoop

Simons Chair and Professor of CAAM, Prof. of Math and Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences


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Oleg A. Igoshin

Professor of Bioengineering Professor of BioSciences


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Jianpeng Ma

Professor Baylor College of Medicine

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Erzsebet Merenyi

Research Professor Department of Statistics Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Jose Onuchic

Harry C. & Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics, Co-Director: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, Professor of Chemistry, BioSciences


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Akane Sano

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Thomas Senftle

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering