Humanity currently faces a number of grand challenges that will require bold new solutions to confront continuing stress on human health, the global environment, and resource needs. Not only do we need solutions to solve these issues, these solutions must also be efficient and their implementation must be sustainable. Chemistry, the science of understanding and harnessing the properties of molecules and materials, is a critical element in finding these solutions.
Our ability to efficiently target health, environmental, and resource challenges, is hampered by our inability to effectively predict chemical properties from first principles. We are getting much better, but we are still far from a time where de novo design of molecules and materials is a routine exercise. The Kennepohl Research Group seeks to bridge this gap by exploring the relationship between the underlying geometric and electronic structure of molecules and their chemical properties.