Multiscale Models of Complex Materials



Our group works at the interface of theoretical chemistry, biology, physics, and applied mathematics.

Method Development

We develop new theoretical and computational methods to study multiscale phenomena in artificial and biological materials. Our team members collaborate to write software that is scalable and maintainable, using a broad range of open-source tools.


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We study mesoscale quantum dynamics in molecular materials. We explore multiscale structure-function relationships of bioenergetics in photosynthesis and respiration. We don't let traditional disciplinary boundaries stop us.

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We are diligent, collegial, and creative scientists who value working in a diverse team. Some of the words we use to describe our aspirations for the group:

  • Unbounded

  • Ambitious

  • Collaborative


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Featured Article

In this article we develop an adaptive approach to solving the hierarchy of pure states (HOPS) equations which provides a formally exact, size-invariant scaling algorithm for simulating exciton dynamics in molecular aggregates containing thousands of pigments.


As part of this project, we also released our first open-source code base for adaptive HOPS (adHOPS) calculations. Check it out! 

Group Members

Doran I. G. Bennett

Principal Investigator

Post-Doctoral Fellow Harvard University

PhD UC Berkeley 
BA/MS University of Chicago 

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Andrea Tagliabue


BS/MS/PhD Università

degli Studi dell'Insubria, Italy 

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Mohamed Elrefaiy

Graduate Student

BS Zewail City of Science and Technology

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Leo Varvelo

Graduate Student

BS University of Houston

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Bailey Smoot

Graduate Student

BS Midwestern State University

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Future Team Members

Want to work on big questions and hard problems? Are you excited about quantum mechanics? Or are you curious about biological regulation?

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