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Lambrecht, Daniel (PhD)

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry & Physics
Office: WH 0249
Phone: 239-745-4459

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Postdoctoral Scholar University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. (summa cum laude) University of Tuebingen, Germany
M.S. University of Duesseldorf, Germany


Computational and theoretical Chemistry

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Lambrecht utilizes computer simulations to gain insights into molecular processes such as: 1) capture of greenhouse gases by ionic liquids, 2) polymerization reactions to create new types of polymers, and 3) detection of pollutants by "chemical noses" and molecular force detectors. Dr. Lambrecht has a track record in teaching and developing new courses to address students' needs, for example in Scientific Proposal Writing and Mathematics for Chemistry. Dr. Lambrecht has received regional and national awards for developing innovative teaching approaches, such as technology-enhanced learning of chemistry concepts.

Courses Offered

General Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
Biochemistry (lecture with integrated lab)

Conference Presentations

Representative publications (total number of citations: > 3,400):

Grants & Awards

Selected Awards:
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh 2019
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, American Chemical Society Computers in Chemistry Division 2018
  • Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement 2017
  • Course Transformation Award, University of Pittsburgh 2017
  • Innovation in Education Award, U. of Pittsburgh Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence 2014
  • Best Doctoral Thesis Award in Chemistry & Pharmacy, U. of Tuebingen, Germany 2007
  • Graduate Research Fellow, State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany 2006
  • Kekulé Graduate Fellow, Foundation of the Chemical Industry of Germany 2003

Selected Grants (total as PI or Co-PI: $1.03 million external funding):

  • "QLC: EAGER: Harnessing molecular conformational dynamics for electromechanical qubits," National Science Foundation, Amount: $156,194, Role: PI.
  • "Collaborative Research: Next Generation Rigid Rod Polymers through National Science Foundation Combined Computation and Experimentation," National Science Foundation, Amount: $612,994, Role: PI (lead PI: E. Pentzer, Case Western).
  • "Bridging Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Intuition to Characterize, Understand and Design New Chemical Sensor Materials," Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Amount: $100,000, Role: PI.
  • "A Computational Approach for Optimizing Metal-Free Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers," American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, Amount: $110,000, Role: PI.
  • "Creating an Open Quantum Chemistry Repository," Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Amount: $46,000, Role: Co-PI (PI: G. Hutchison, University of Pittsburgh).