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PNNL researcher receives post-doctoral award

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April 10, 2017 Share This!

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RICHLAND, Wash. – A molecular sciences researcher at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been recognized with the Löwdin Postdoctoral Associate Award given annually at the Sanibel Symposium on quantum chemistry, dynamics, condensed matter and materials physics.

Bo Peng was recognized for developing a theoretical and computational approach that improves the process for calculating data used in modeling chemical transformations. Typically, the necessary calculations are very time-consuming, and the method presented in Peng's paper demonstrates a more efficient approach that retains the high level of accuracy required.

Peng is a Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at EMSL, a DOE Office of Science User Facility at PNNL. His research focuses on developing computing performance software for molecular science applications such as the understanding of vital chemical transformations in the process of photocatalysis, climate change, and metabolism. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Nankai University in China and a doctorate in physical and theoretical chemistry from the University of Washington.

The EMSL website has more information on Peng and his research.

Tags: Fundamental Science, Computational Science, EMSL, Awards and Honors, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

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