Ksenia Bravaya Joins Chemistry

in Faculty, Front Page
August 28th, 2013

Professor Ksenia Bravaya

Professor Ksenia Bravaya

The Department of Chemistry is very pleased to announce that Prof. Ksenia Bravaya, a theoretical chemist, has joined our faculty.  She comes to Boston University from her postdoctoral position at the University of Southern California (2009-2013), where she did research with Prof. Anna Krylov.  Prof. Bravaya received her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Computational Quantum Chemistry from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (2008).  She has received the ACS Physical Chemistry Division Postdoctoral Research Award (2011), the Burg Postdoctoral Teaching Award, University of Southern California (2010), and the WISE Merit Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research, University of Southern Calfornia (2010).

Prof. Bravaya’s research aims to develop new theoretical methods targeting processes involving multiple electronic states, chemistry of open-shell species in magnetic fields, and metastable systems.   She will apply this new computational tool kit, as well as existing state-of-the-art quantum chemistry approaches to the investigation of the mechanism of magnetoreception in avian birds, tuning the optical properties of fluorescent proteins, studying processes involving metastable electronic states, and exploring the electronic structure of new magnetic materials. Her goal is to develop a theoretical chemistry framework for studying complex photoinduced processes and spin effects in biomolecules and novel materials (e.g., molecular electronics / spintronics, magnetophotovoltaics, and biophotonics).