Meet the Innovators Under 35

Aleksandra Vojvodic, University of Pennsylvania

A computation whiz speeds up the search for catalysts that will make green chemistry possible.

Aleksandra Vojvodic, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Aleksandra Vojvodic is the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on theoretical and computational-driven materials design, using computational frameworks to understand surface and interface properties of complex materials and develop theoretical models for chemical transformation and energy conversion. These models have, for example, been used to predict new catalyst materials for several chemical reactions. Before joining U Penn she was a staff scientist at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where she led a group conducting research on oxide surface reactivity. She was the Swedish Research Council postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and at the Center for Atomic-Scale Materials Design at Technical University of Denmark. She received her PhD in physics from the Department of Applied Physics at Chalmers University of Technology and her MS in physics from Lund University in Sweden.

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Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.