Chenchen Song

Chenchen Song

Position Title
Assistant Professor

4469 Chemistry Annex

Our research in theoretical chemistry focuses on developing quantum chemistry and excited state dynamics methods from first principles to provide understanding of photochemical processes and their practical applications. To achieve high performance, we combine quantum chemistry methods with latest advances in computer science (e.g. specialized hardware like graphical processing units (GPUs)) as well as mathematical methods(e.g. tensor factorizations). We are interested in applying the new theoretical tools to both photochemistry in life (e.g. bioluminescence, visual processes) , as well as renewable energy applications (e.g. light harvesting complexes).

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • Assistant Professor, UC Davis (2021)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (2018-2021)
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Stanford University (2018)
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Tsinghua University (2012)

Representative Publications