Department NewsApril 30, 2018
Dr. Farnaz Shakib Awarded 2018 Wiley Computers in Chemistry Outstanding Postdoc Award
Farnaz A. Shakib was one of the two awardees of the 2018 Wiley Computers in Chemistry Outstanding Postdoc Award. Farnaz received the recognition at a public reception in the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans presenting her work on incorporating nuclear quantum effects into nonadiabatic molecular dynamics simulation via ring polymer surface hopping. Farnaz has obtained her BSc degree in applied chemistry in Tabriz University, Iran, followed by a MSc degree in Organic Chemistry. Switching to theoretical and computational chemistry she joined Dr. Gabriel Hanna’s group in the University of Alberta, Canada, where she received her PhD in 2016. Afterwards, she continued her research on developing novel quantum dynamics methods by joining Huo group in the University of Rochester. Engaging in the continuous effort in Huo group to push the boundaries of quantum dynamics simulation techniques her main focus was on developing efficient yet accurate methods to study the nonadiabatic dynamics of charge transfer reactions in natural and artificial photosynthesis.
The Wiley Computers in Chemistry Outstanding Postdoc Award program is organized by ACS COMP Division, sponsored by Wiley and presented by the Int. Journal of Quantum Chemistry and the Journal of Computational Chemistry. These awards provide $1,000 each to up to two outstanding postdoctoral scholars to present their work in COMP symposia at a Fall/Spring ACS National Meeting. The Awards are designed to assist postdocs in gaining visibility within the COMP community and in their transition to subsequent employment. Award winners receive a certificate, $1,000 prize and a voucher for a free book from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (up to $250 value). Winners interactively share their work in poster format at the COMP poster session at the national meeting.