Kenley Pelzer

  • Program Years: 2010-2014
  • Academic Institution: University of Chicago
  • Field of Study: Theoretical Physical Chemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Greg Engel
  • Practicum(s):
    Argonne National Laboratory (2011)
    Argonne National Laboratory (2013)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2014
    B.A. Economics, Northwestern University, 2004

Current Status

  • Research Area: Theoretical Physical Chemistry


(Some citations are under my former name, Kenley Barrett.)


Pelzer KP, Darling SB. "Charge Generation in Organic Photovoltaics: A Review of Theory and Computation." Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, in press.
Pelzer KM, Darling SB, Gray SK, Schaller RD. "Exciton size and quantum transport in nano platelets." The Journal of Chemical Physics 2015, 143: 224106.

Pelzer KM, Chan MKY, Gray SK, Darling SB. "Polaron Structure and Transport in Fullerene Materials: Insights from First-Principles Calculations." Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118: 21785–21797.

Pelzer KM, Can T, Gray SK, Morr DK, Engel GS. "Coherence of Transport and Energy Flow Patterns in Photosynthesis under Incoherent Excitation." The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2014, 118: 2693-2702.

Pelzer KM, Fidler AF, Gray SK, Engel GS. “The dependence of exciton transport efficiency on spatial variation in the radius of correlation.” New Journal of Physics 2013, 15: 095019.

Pelzer K, Griffin G, Gray S, Engel G. “Inhomogeneous dephasing masks coherence lifetimes in ensemble measurements.” Journal of Chemical Physics, 136, 164508 (2012).

Pelzer K, Greenman L, Gidofalvi G, Mazziotti DA. “Strong correlation in acene sheets from the active-space variational two-electron reduced density matrix method: effects of symmetry and size.” (Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 115(22): 5632-40)

Barrett KM. “Determinants of female decision-making power and its demographic implications.” (Demography India 2007, 36:1-20.)

Kamper DG, Yasukawa AM, Barrett KM, Gaebler-Spira DJ. “Effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation treatment of cerebral palsy on potential impairment mechanisms: a pilot study.” (Pediatric Physical Therapy 2006, 18(1): 31-8.)

Jasper A, Pelzer K, Miller J, Kamarchik E, Sharma A, Klippenstein S. “Predictive A Priori Pressure Dependent Kinetics.” In preparation for submission to “Science.”

Pelzer K, Can T, Gray S, Engel G, Morr D. “Dephasing, efficiency, and current patterns in the Fenna-Matthews-Olsen complex: A Keldysh Green’s function analysis.” In preparation for submission to “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Pelzer K, Fidler A, Gray S, Engel G. “The dependence of exciton transport efficiency on spatial variation in the radius of correlation.” Invited article in preparation for “The New Journal of Physics.”


-Argonne National Laboratory Aneesur Rahman Named Fellowship

-DOE CSGF Excellence in Writing Award, 2012

-DOE CSGF Excellence in Writing Award, 2011

-McCormick Fellowship at University of Chicago (supplemental funding award for selected graduate students for the first two years of graduate school), 2009-2011

-Srinivasan Award for best paper of 2007 in the journal “Demography India”

-Franklin N. and Lee L. Corbin Prize, Northwestern University, 2004

-Robert Eisner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, 2004

-Award for Best Senior Thesis, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Northwestern University, 2004

-James Alton James Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences, Northwestern University, 2003

-Phi Beta Kappa, Northwestern University, 2003

-Northwestern Sponsored National Merit Scholar, 2000-2004