Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez is a Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, a Co-Director of the Center for Computational Molecular Science and Technology and the Director of the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE). He holds a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics from Princeton University (1989), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (1993). (Hernandez was born in Güinez, Havana, Cuba but was raised and educated in the United States of America since he was in primary school. He is a U.S. citizen by birthright.)
Dr. Hernandez’s research area can be broadly classified as the theoretical and computational chemistry of systems far from equilibrium. This includes a focus on microscopic reaction dynamics and their effects on macroscopic chemical reaction rates in arbitrary solvent environments. His current projects involve questions pertaining to the diffusion of mesogens in colloidal suspensions and liquid crystals, the transport and control of adsorbates on a surface, the binding dynamics of proteins, the chemical reaction dynamics of thermosetting polymers and living polymers, the structure and transport in gas-expanded liquids and the dynamics of protein folding and rearrangement.
Dr. Hernandez is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (1997), Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award (1999), the Alfred P. Sloan Fellow Award (2000) and the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences (2014). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2004), the American Chemical Society (ACS, 2010), and the American Physical Society (APS, 2011). At Georgia Tech, he has served as the first Blanchard Assistant Professor of Chemistry (1999-2001), the first Goizueta Foundation Junior Rotating Faculty Chair (2002-07) and a Vasser Woolley Faculty Fellow (2011-13). His recent board memberships include the National Academies Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (2007-2010), a National Academies Panel within the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board (2005-2011), the Telluride Summer Research Conference Board of Directors (2007-09), the NIH Study Section on Molecular Structure and Function B (MSFB), the Research Corporation Cottrell Scholars Advisory Committee (2011-13), and the Sloan Foundation Minority PHD Advisory Committee (2013-2014).
Dr.Hernandez's research programs are currently funded by the NSF, AFOSR, the Kimberly Clark Corporation and the Vasser Woolley Fellowship. The OXIDE effort is cofunded by the NSF, DOE and NIH.