Patrick Huang

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

(510) 885-3478
Office Hours:
Tues/Thus 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Fri 1:00 - 2:00 pm
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My research interests involve the development and application of quantum mechanical models for the behavior of molecules, solids, and interfaces. One area focuses on the f-block lanthanide and actinide elements, whose increasing importance in technological applications is accompanied by concerns over the environmental impacts of their production and disposal. We are employing first-principles electronic structure techniques to characterize bonding in f-element complexes and materials. The motivation is the development of new chemical insights that will enable the sustainable and safe processing of f-element compounds. A second area is the study of interfaces formed between a solid oxide and liquid water using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. As many important catalytic and environmental processes take place at oxide/water interfaces, we seek a fundamental understanding of the relationship between oxide surface structure, water ordering, and chemical reactivity.


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S. Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Fall Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
CHEM 110103General ChemistryTTH7:55AM9:10AMSC-S143Hayward Campus View Books
CHEM 11013CGeneral ChemistryTTH12:00PM2:30PMSC-S421Hayward Campus View Books
CHEM 416101Advanced Inorganic ChemistryTTH10:00AM11:15AMSC-N206Hayward Campus View Books
CHEM 481003Undergraduate ResearchARR ARRHayward Campus View Books
CHEM 685004Methods of Graduate ResearchARR ARRHayward Campus View Books
CHEM 690004Independent StudyARR ARRHayward Campus View Books


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