Joe received his BA in physics and math from Harvard in 2000 and his Ph.D. in chemical biophysics from Berkeley in 2006. Joe’s Ph.D. was done under Martin Head-Gordon and focused on local correlation theory, which is a computational approach for solving Schrodinger’s equation in a linear amount of time by exploiting the locality of many electron correlations. From 2007-2009, Joe was an NSF international postdoctoral fellowship, working with Abe Nitzan in Tel-Aviv University and jointly collaborating with Mark Ratner at Northwestern Unviersity. The fellowship research focused on understanding the role of electron-electron correlations in non-equilibrium phenomena, including molecular conduction and electron transfer. He joined Penn chemistry as a junior faculty member inJuly of 2010, and was made associate in July, 2014. For a complete list of all publications please click here.
Joe works on problems merging electronic structure and nonadiabatic dynamics. To prove he is a certified quantum chemist, consider the following picture with Klaus Ruedenberg (and Mark Ratner too!)
And here's another piece of evidence that he chooses good friends...
Before college, Joe Subotnik spent a summer learning number theory at the Ross summer program at Ohio State University , and he remains a big fan of the program, especially the Arnold Ross motto, "To think deeply of simple things."