Samuel Blau

  • Program Years: 2012-2016
  • Academic Institution: Harvard University
  • Field of Study: Chemical Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Alan Aspuru-Guzik
  • Practicum(s):
    Argonne National Laboratory (2014)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, Harvard University, 2018
    Masters in Physics, Harvard University, 2016
    B.S. in Chemistry, Haverford College, 2012

Current Status

  • Status: Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Research Area: Chemical Physics, Computational Chemistry, Energy Transfer in Photosynthesis, Battery Materials
  • Publications

    Blau, S. M.; Kreisbeck, C.; Bennett, D. I. G.; Aspuru-Guzik, A. Ab initio QM/MM simulation of excitonic coherence and ultrafast 2D spectra of synthetic fluorescein dimers. In preparation.

    Otto, J. P.; Wang, L.; Pochorovski, I.; Blau, S. M.; Aspuru-Guzik, A.; Bao, Z.; Engel, G. S.; Chiu, M. Disentanglement of excited-state dynamics with implications for FRET measurements: two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy of a BODIPY-functionalized cavitand. Chemical Science. Accepted.

    Blau, S. M.; Bennett, D. I. G.; Kreisbeck, C.; Scholes, G. D.; Aspuru-Guzik, A. Local protein solvation drives direct down-conversion in phycobiliprotein PC645 via incoherent vibronic transport. PNAS. Accepted.

    Markovich, T.; Blau, S. M.; Sanders, J. N.; Aspuru-Guzik, A. Benchmarking Compressed Sensing, Super- Resolution, and Filter Diagonalization. Int. J. Quantum Chem. 2016, 116, 1097–1106.

    Markovich, T.; Blau, S. M.; Parkhill, J.; Kreisbeck, C.; Sanders, J. N.; Andrade, X.; Aspuru-Guzik, A. Accelerating the Computation of Bath Spectral Densities with Super-Resolution. Theor. Chem. Acc. 2016, 135, 215.

    Chang, K. B.; Smith, M. D.; Blau, S. M.; Glor, E. C.; Zeller, M.; Schrier, J.; Norquist, A. J. Steric-Induced Layer Flection in Templated Vanadium Tellurites. Cryst. Growth Des. 2013

    Smith, M. D.; Blau, S. M.; Chang, K. B.; Tran, T. T.; Zeller, M.; Halasyamani, P. S.; Schrier, J.; Norquist, A. J. Inducing Polarity in [VO3]nn- Chain Compounds Using Asymmetric Hydrogen-Bonding Networks. J. Solid State Chem. 2012, 195, 86-93.

    Smith, M. D.; Blau, S. M.; Change. K. B.; Zeller, M.; Schrier, J.; Norquist, A. J. Beyond Charge Density Matching: The Role of C–H•••O Interactions in the Formation of Templated Vanadium Tellurites. Cryst. Growth Des. 2011, 11, 4213-4219.

    Olshansky, J. H.; Blau, S. M.; Zeller, M.; Schrier, J.; Norquist, A. J. Understanding an Order–Disorder Phase Transition in Ionothermally Synthesized Gallium Phosphates. Cryst. Growth Des. 2011, 11, 3065- 3071.

    Glor, E. C.; Blau, S. M.; Yeon, J.; Zeller, M.; Halasyamani, P. S.; Schrier, J.; Norquist, A. J. [R- C7H16N2][V2Te2O10] and [S-C7H16N2][V2Te2O10]; new polar templated vanadium tellurite enantiomers. J. Solid State Chem. 2011, 184, 1445-1450.

    Choyke, S. J.; Blau, S. M.; Larner, A. A.; Narducci Sarjeant, A.; Yeon, J.; Halasyamani, P. S.; Norquist, A. J. Noncentrosymmetry in New Templated Gallium Fluorophosphates. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 11277- 11282.

    Awards

    2013 - Karplus Prize in Chemical Physics
    2012 - Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Haverford College
    2012 - High Honors in Chemistry from Haverford College
    2012 - Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society
    2012 - DOE Computational Sciences Graduate Research Fellowship
    2012 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Declined)
    2011 - Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Fellowship
    2011 - Stanley B. Gould 1949 Pre-Medical Scholarship
    2010 - Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Fellowship
    2010 - Stanley B. Gould 1949 Pre-Medical Scholarship
    2009 - Kovaric Foundation Summer Research Fellowship