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Emily Carter

Emily A. Carter

Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics
Founding Director, Gerhard R. Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1982
Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 1987
Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1987-1988

Room: D404A Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-5391
Email: eac@princeton.edu

Webpage: The Carter Group

Honors and Awards

  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2008
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008
  • Welch Distinguished Lecturer, 2008
  • Coulson Lecturer, University of Georgia, 2008
  • Kivelson Lecturer, UCLA, 2008
  • Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, American Chemical Society, 2007
  • Merck-Frosst Lecturer, Concordia University, 2005
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics, 2004
  • McDowell Lecturer, University of British Columbia, 2002
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2000
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1998
  • Dr. Lee Visiting Research Fellowship in the Sciences, Christ Church College, Oxford University, 1996
  • Fellow and Peter Mark Memorial Award, American Vacuum Society, 1995
  • Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, 1993

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Faculty, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Faculty, Gerhard R. Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Chemistry
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials

Publications

Research Areas

Research Interests

Prof. Carter is a theorist first known for her work combining ab-initio quantum chemistry with dynamics and kinetics, especially as applied to surface chemistry. More recently, she has merged chemistry, solid state physics, materials science, applied mathematics, and mechanical engineering together, with her work on linear scaling, orbital-free density functional methods that afford treatment of thousands of atoms from first principles, her embedding theory that combines quantum chemistry with condensed matter electronic structure calculations, her local and spin-dependent pseudopotential theories, and her reduced scaling configuration interaction quantum mechanics methods. Dr. Carter is now merging these techniques with finite element approaches to undertake multi-length-scale simulations of materials. Some of the scientific questions she is working to answer include understanding how materials fail due to chemical and mechanical effects and how to optimally protect these materials against failure. This work has earned her a number of national and international awards including medals and fellowships of the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. After 16 years on the Chemistry and Materials Science faculty at UCLA, she moved to Princeton in September 2004, as a Full Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, and as Associated Faculty in the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE), in the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), and in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments. In 2006, she was named the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics.