Kenneth D. Jordan


Born February 25, 1948 in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA

Richard King Mellon Professor and Distinguished Professor of Computational Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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Symposium in honor of K. Jordan at the Orlando National ACS Meeting (2019); Frontiers in Chemistry Lecture, Wayne State University (2015); Symposium in Honor of Peter Pulay and Kenneth Jordan at Peking University (2014); Festschrift Issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry (2014); Highlight Lecture, Thomas Young Centre, London (2012); ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry (2010); Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2009); Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2009); Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring, Univ. Pittsburgh (2008); Henry Eyring Lecture, University of Utah (2008); Fellow, AAAS (2007); Coulson Lecture, University of Georgia (2006); David P. Craig Visiting Professor, Australian National University (2006); Included in Chemical and Engineering News' Highlights (2004); Included in Science Magazine's Scientific Breakthroughs (2004); Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge (2001); Pittsburgh ACS Award (2000); Bergmann Lecture, Yale University (1998); Visiting Fellow, JILA, Univ. of Colorado (1997); Karcher Lecture, University of Oklahoma (1997); Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, Univ. of Pittsburgh (1995); Promotion of Chemistry, Visiting Professor (Taiwan) (1995); Visiting Professor, University of Utah (1994); Fellow of the American Physical Society (1993); Visiting Fellow, Australian National University (1992); Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer, Northeastern University (1990); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow (1981); Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar (1977); Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1977); Visiting Scholar, University of Nebraska (1977).

Author of:

More than 380 scientific publications

Important Contributions:

    • Development of methods for treating bound and unbound anions

      Pioneering ab initio studies of dipole-bound anions and of the anions of alkaline earth clusters
      Application of the stabilization method together with analytic continuation to characterize temporary anions.
      Demonstration of the existence of non-valence correlation-bound anions of species such as C6F6 and C60.
      Development of model Hamiltonians for characterizing non-valence correlation-bound anions

    • Charge localization in molecular clusters

      Elucidation of the nature of an excess bound to water clusters
      Characterization of protonated water clusters, with a focus on how the vibrational signatures depend on the H-bonding environment

    • Chemical reactions on surfaces

      Modeling chemical reactions at defect sites on anatase and rutile surfaces
      Mechanism of recombinative hydrogen desorption from the monohydride phase of Si(100)
      Theoretical studies of the nature of the hydrated electron on the rutile surface
      Theoretical studies of molecular adsorption on metal surfaces

    • Development of methods for describing inter- and intra-molecular interactions

      Development of model Hamiltonians for describing through-bond interactions in molecules
      Development of adiabatic models for describing the coupling of low-frequency and high-frequency vibrational modes of ion-molecule complexes
      Use of coupled Drude oscillators in analyzing long-range dispersion interactions