NatSci's Ben Levine receives outstanding junior faculty award

Published February 10, 2017

Benjamin Levine

Benjamin Levine, assistant professor of chemistry in the MSU College of Natural Science, received the American Chemical Society (ACS) COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry from the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry. 

The award provides support for outstanding junior faculty doing research in computational chemistry to present their work at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society. 

Levine was selected in recognition of his work to develop and apply first-principles computational methods to understand how the structure of semiconductor nanomaterials determines their optoelectronic properties. 

Levine said that he is honored to receive this award.

"It means a lot to me and my group to see our work recognized by the computational chemistry community,” he said. “As a young research group, the attention that this type of award will draw to our work is invaluable as well."

Levine received his B.S. in chemical engineering and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining MSU, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

“This is great news,” said Robert Maleczka, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry. “Ben receiving the OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award is another example of young MSU chemistry faculty becoming widely recognized leaders of their field.”

Levine will travel to the spring 2017 meeting in San Francisco, Calif., to give a presentation entitled “Multireference Quantum Chemistry and Conical Intersections at the Nanoscale.”