Building Physics-Based and Data-Driven Methods for Efficient Polymer Design and Spectroscopy Simulations

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April 5, 2024 - 4:00pm
Sterling Chemistry Laboratory (SCL), Room 160 See map
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Join Yale Chemistry for a Silliman Theoretical Chemistry Seminar with Daniel Tabor, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University.
Our research group focuses on building tools that enable inverse materials design and give new insights into the fundamental chemical physics of liquids, interfaces, and materials. For this talk, we will discuss our progress in two of our primary research thrusts.
The first part of the talk will focus on our work in developing methods that are used to accelerate the design of polymers. We focus on two types of polymers: radical-based polymers and intrinsically disordered proteins. Although radical-based polymers are promising energy storage materials, successful materials design requires careful molecular engineering of the polymer and electrolyte. To solve the molecular-scale part of the problem, we develop physically motivated machine learning models that predict molecular properties (e.g., hole reorganization energies) from low-cost representations, and pair these with reinforcement learning methods for inverse design applications. We will then discuss our efforts on developing representations for predicting the polymer physics of intrinsically disordered proteins at a much lower computational cost that current coarse-grained methods. One advantage of our new representation is that it avoids specifying the longest length of the chain in advance.
The second part of the talk focuses on developing methods for accelerating the simulation and analysis of condensed phase spectroscopy. We present data-driven methods for computing condensed phase vibrational spectra of water directly from coarse-grained representations in a mixed quantum-classical framework. The talk will focus on model representation, development of robust physically-motivated machine learning protocols, and the fidelity of the models over a range of conditions.
This seminar is generously sponsored by the Mrs. Hepsa Ely Silliman Memorial Fund.
This seminar can be viewed on Panopto.

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