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Robert A. DiStasio Jr.

Assistant Professor

Robert A. DiStasio Jr.

Educational Background

  • Postdoc, Princeton University
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS, Portland State University



Research in the DiStasio group focuses on the developmentimplementation, and application of novel methodologies that extend the frontiers of electronic structure theory in complex condensed-phase environments.


  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Graduate Fields

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology


By utilizing the computational techniques of quantum and statistical mechanics, the DiStasio research group seeks to address challenging problems in theoretical chemistry and further our understanding of fundamental systems and processes of importance throughout all disciplines of chemistry, ranging from organic/inorganic chemistry (i.e., catalyst design, solvation/solvent effects) to biochemistry (i.e., stability, structure, and function of proteins, enzymes, and DNA/RNA, drug discovery) and materials science (i.e., molecular crystal polymorphism, forward and inverse design of novel materials).


Spring 2022