The early-career award recognizes Liu for her exceptional work in the field of theoretical and computational chemistry.
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 8, 2024 — AIP Publishing is pleased to announce the Journal of Chemical Physics (JCP) and APS Division of Chemical Physics (DCP) have named Fang Liu the winner of the 2023 JCP-DCP Future of Chemical Physics Lectureship.
An assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University, Liu received her B.S. from the Department of Chemical Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2011. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University in 2017 and postdoctoral education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2017 to 2020. She joined Emory shortly thereafter.
Her work involves theoretical and computational chemistry, with a research focus on the development of computational tools that can allow researchers to investigate molecules in realistic environments — such as in a solution phase or under high pressure — as opposed to idealized, theoretical environments. This, in turn, helps them better understand the properties and dynamics of molecular systems.
“What’s most fascinating to me is developing useful tools for the broad molecular science community to perform data-driven discovery,” said Liu.
According to Liu, her team is currently working on extending the functionality of AutoSolvate, the pioneering automated workflow research recognized by the lectureship award.
“This project will make the [quantum- and molecular-mechanical] simulations of solvated molecules easier than ever and allow experimental groups to perform simulations for their research without going through complicated procedures,” said Liu.
The JCP-DCP Future of Chemical Physics Lectureship selection committee consists of DCP representatives, JCP associate editors, and members of the JCP Editorial Advisory Board. Recipients are invited to speak in the DCP Award Session at the upcoming APS March Meeting. They also receive a $2,000 travel stipend, as well as an invitation to submit a perspective, tutorial, or review to JCP.
Liu noted receiving the award means a lot, as it provides her with a chance to share her passion and knowledge with more of her peers and contemporaries.
“[The award] is a tremendous honor and a validation of my dedication to and passion for chemical physics,” said Liu. “This recognition serves as motivating force, inspiring me to delve deeper into research and contribute meaningfully to future developments in chemical physics. I see this as an opportunity to share my insights, experiences, and findings with a broader audience, fostering collaboration and engagement within the scientific community.”
About the JCP-DCP Future of Chemical Physics Lectureship
The JCP-DCP Future of Chemical Physics Lectureship recognizes early career scientists paving the path forward in the areas of chemical physics and physical chemistry. The recipient of this annual lectureship is invited to give a talk at the Division of Chemical Physics (DCP) Award Session at the APS March Meeting and receives a 2,000 USD travel stipend, as well as an invitation to submit a perspective, tutorial, or review to JCP.
About the APS Division of Chemical Physics
The Division of Chemical Physics advances the understanding of subjects of chemical interest whose development depends strongly on modern physical theories or techniques. Join DCP or learn of upcoming events and awards here: https://engage.aps.org/dcp/home.
About The Journal of Chemical Physics
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