ESP Biography



BENJAMIN RUDSHTEYN, Columbia Postdoc in Computational Chemistry




Major: Chemistry

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Richard Friesner's group in the Chemistry Department at Columbia University using Auxiliary Field Quantum Monte Carlo to study transition metal containing systems.

I hold a B.S. degree in chemistry from Macaulay Honors College program at Brooklyn College/CUNY (2013) and a Ph.D. in computational/physical chemistry from Yale University (2018).



Past Classes

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S817: Chemophobia: What's a Chemical? in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
This class gives an overview of the phenomenon of chemophobia, the fear of chemicals (not of organic chemistry as a class!). It will define the terminology of chemicals, including the difference between natural and artificial chemicals and how one is not necessarily better than the other.


S818: Introduction to Solar Fuels in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
Introduction to the use of solar fuels to solve pressing climate change problems. Topics of interest include climate change, solar cells, conversion of water to hydrogen, conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels, conversion of nitrogen to ammonia,, and how chemistry, particularly computational chemistry, are used to solve these challenge


S819: Everything you wanted to know about being a scientist, but were too afraid to ask in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
This course will walk students through what it is like to be a scientist and the necessary training (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral) and the various career options available.


S729: Chemophobia: What's a Chemical? in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
This class gives an overview of the phenomenon of chemophobia, the fear of chemicals (not of organic chemistry as a class!). It will define the terminology of chemicals, including the difference between natural and artificial chemicals and how one is not necessarily better than the other.


S730: Introduction to Solar Fuels in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
Introduction to the use of solar fuels to solve pressing climate change problems. Topics of interest include climate change, solar cells, conversion of water to hydrogen, conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels, conversion of nitrogen to ammonia,, and how chemistry, particularly computational chemistry, are used to solve these challenge