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ChemE Assistant Professor John Keith Receives Funding for 10-month Collaboration with University of Luxembourg

PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2019) — John Keith, PhD, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, has received two awards to fund a 10-month collaboration with a researcher at the University of Luxembourg.  

Dr. Keith received the equivalent of $89,000 from the Luxembourg National Research Fund as well as a $26,746 NSF Travel Award supplement to support a 10-month visit to the University of Luxembourg, where he will work with Prof. Alexandre Tkatchenko, a world expert in developing atomistic machine learning methods that use artificial intelligence to make computer simulations faster and more accurate. 

Together, the researchers will study complex reaction mechanisms, such as carbon dioxide conversion into fuels and chemicals, and environmentally green chemical design of molecular chelating agents.

The researchers also plan to develop a modern textbook on quantum chemistry and contemporary methods to study chemical bonding that would educate the next generation of computational researchers. 

“I very much look forward to the work made possible by these grants,” says Dr. Keith. “It’s an exciting opportunity to collaborate with an international expert to better improve technologies that would have a positive effect on our world.”

Author: Maggie Pavlick

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