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Quantum Theory Project

Psi Quantum Theory Project is among the world's larger research centers for theory, modelling, and computation of complex, novel molecular and materials systems. We focus on the subtle, profound interplay of chemical and physical realism, develop quantum mechanical methods, and implement them in innovative software. Founded in 1960 by Prof. Per-Olov Löwdin, we operate the world-renowned Sanibel Symposia. QTP is home of the editorial office of Advances in Quantum Chemistry and an editorial office of Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids. The Director is Dr. Rod Bartlett, Assoc. Director is Dr. Hai-Ping Cheng. We are a multi-disciplinary institute of the Depts. of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering of the University of Florida.

News & Announcements

March 30, 2017 The 2017 Löwdin lecturer will be Prof. Dr. Frank Neese, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. His lectures will be April 6 (Thursday) at 1:00 pm, NPB 2205, and April 7 (Friday) at 2:00 pm, NPB 2205. Titles and further details in "Löwdin and Slater Lecturer Series" at left.

Feb. 13, 2017; updated April 3: QTP seminar is back! Wednesdays, 4pm, NPB 2205. The schedule for the rest of the semester is -
   Feb. 15: Shuanglong Liu, "Quantum Transport Properties of Moleculdar Junctions: Effect of Bias and Gate Voltages"
   Feb. 22, Mar. 1, Mar. 8, Mar. 15: Sanibel - Spring break - APS March meeting
   Mar. 22: Valentin Karasiev, "Development and Application of Non-interacting (orbital-free) and Exchange-correlation Free-energy Functionals"
   Mar. 29: James Fry, "Large Scale Structure in the Halo Model"
   April 5: No seminar; Löwdin lectures Thursday and Friday this week
   April 12: Jun Jiang, "Inelastic Multiphonon Scattering processes in Semiconductors from First Principles"
   April 26: John Stanton, "Why Thermochemimstry is not as Boring as You Think"

Jan. 10, 2017: Please join us in welcoming John Stanton to QTP. He is the new Keenan Professor of Chemistry but not a newcomer to QTP. He was a post-doc here in 1986-1988.

Jan. 4, 2017: Congratulate Prof. Hai-Ping Cheng! She has been elected a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the Division of Computational Physics, American Physical Society. Her term is three years.

Dec. 9, 2016: We are pleased to announce that Prof. Sam Trickey has been named a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (Academia Mexicana de Ciencias).

Nov. 30, 2016: Prof. David Micha is a participant in a new Spanish national project led by Dr. P. de Lara-Castells (Principal Investigator as well as a former QTP member) along with other researchers at the CSIC , Madrid, Spain. It involves the theoretical treatment and modelling of molecular photodesorption from metallic nanoparticles/nanowires. The project is entitled "Multi-Scale ab-initio-assisted Modelling of Quantum Fluids and Molecular Processes at the Nanoscale".

Oct. 3, 2016: Welcome to Ms. Galyna Vakulenko, who joins QTP as Administrative Support Assistant. Her primary responsibility will be Sanibel Symposium administrative and operational activities. She has extensive previous experience with organizing of the Florida Heterocyclic and Synthetic Conference.

May 27, 2016: David A. Micha, who received his Doctor of Science degree from Uppsala University (Sweden), was promoted again, this time as Jubilee Doctor (Jubeldoktor) at the Doktors Promotionen of his Alma Mater, in the area of mathematical and natural sciences.

May 4, 2016: Congratulations to Jonathan Trinastic, recent Ph.D. recipient with Prof. Hai-Ping Cheng, on being awarded both the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship and Presidential Management Fellowship. Both fellowships provide a path for scientists to cultivate a career at the intersection of science and policy. Jonathan has accepted the AAAS Fellowship and will work in the Solar Energy Technologies Office within the Department of Energy beginning this fall.

April 3, 2016: According to, QTP's Prof. Rod Bartlett is one of only 1360 scholars internationally with an h-index above 100!

Aug. 3, 2015: Prof. Susan Sinnott has gone to Penn State Univ. as Professor and Head of the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering. We wish her well in this new endeavor.

29 May 2015: Please welcome two new members to QTP: Profs. Richard Hennig (Materials Science and Engineering) and Beverly Sanders (Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering). Both were elected unanimously by the QTP faculty.

11 Feb. 2015: Profs. Rod Bartlett and Hai-Ping Cheng have been elected QTP Director and Assoc. Director respectively for the 2015-2017 term. Wish them well!

On December 12-14, 2014 a Workshop in honor of Frank E. Harris, entitled "Concepts of Mathematical Physics in Chemistry", was held at the Iberostar Quetzal hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Approximately 100 scientists from over a dozen countries were in attendance. The Proceedings of the Workshop are to be published as a volume in the series Advances in Quantum Chemistry.

21 Nov. 2014: Prof. Roitberg has resigned from QTP, but continues in Chemistry.

05 Aug. 2014: QTP is pleased to announce the arrival of our newest faculty member, Prof. of Physics Xiaoguang Zhang. He comes to UF from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is part of the new Informatics Institute. Among other notable achievements, he was co-winner of the Gordon Bell Prize in 1998.

23 May 2014: "Mathematics for Physical Science and Engineering" by Frank Harris was released by Academic Press. It emphasizes symbolic computation using Maple and Mathematica.


The 57th Sanibel Symposium is right around the corner. Please consult Sanibel Web Site for further details.

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