The American Chemical Society (ACS) recently named T. Daniel Crawford, professor of chemistry in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, a member of the 2015 class of ACS Fellows.

ACS Fellows are nominated by peers in the field and selected based on outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science/profession. Fellows are also recognized for providing volunteer service to the ACS community.

Crawford was recognized for his contributions to the science/profession for developing high-accuracy reduced-scaling quantum mechanical models of the optical properties of chiral compounds. These included first-principle simulations of optical rotation and circular dichroism spectra.

He was also recognized for his service as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Division of Physical Chemistry, for organizing a national symposium, and for service to the theoretical chemistry community through the organization of Software Summer Schools.

The entire 2015 class of ACS Fellows was honored this week during the ACS National Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Crawford joined Virginia Tech in 2000 and has since been recognized for his groundbreaking work in theoretical and computational chemistry. He received the 2012 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research, the 2010 Dirac Medal of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists as the "outstanding computational chemist in the world under the age of 40," as well as several teaching and research-based awards. Crawford was also the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Career Development Award.

He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and received more than 130 invitations to lecture around the world. In 2009, he served as a visiting professor at two universities in Norway and has collaborated on active research projects in 10 different countries.

Crawford's research interests focus primarily on the development of state-of-the-art quantum chemical models. He and his team are among the principal developers of the PSI4 suite of quantum chemical programs.

Crawford received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.



Written by Katherine Wells.