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Baron Peters

Baron Peters

Professor
Chemical Engineering

Affiliation: 
Chemical Engineering

Contact

(805) 284-8293
3339 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Honors

NSF Early Career Development Award; Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Research

Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Modeling, Theory & Simulation

The kinetics of nucleation, electron transfer, and catalytic reactions depend on the properties of short-lived and rarely-visited transition states that cannot be directly observed in experiments. His team is gaining insight into the properties of transition states using molecular simulation and electronic structure theory. Examples include the effects of solution additives on nucleation rates for crystallization, the dominant electron transfer conduits in realistic fluctuating environments, and catalytic reaction mechanisms. When applications pose new challenges beyond the scope of available techniques, we develop theories and algorithms to address those challenges. In particular, they specialize in path sampling methods for free energies and reaction coordinate identification, metrics for reaction coordinate error, methods to obtain accurate rate constants, and multiscale simulation approaches.

Education

PhD Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
BS Mathematics, University of Missouri, Columbia
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia