Jason Goodpaster

portrait of Professor Jason Goodpaster

Jason Goodpaster

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 213
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology

Post Doctorate Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2014 -2016

Research Interests

Chemical Physics: quantum theory

Chemical Theory & Computation: quantum theory

Energy & Catalysis

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry: quantum theory

We focus on the development and application of new electronic structure theories. Specifically, we are interested in multi-scale models, which allow for the study of large and extended systems. We are developing quantum-embedding theories, which treat different regions of the system at different levels of accuracy. This allows for a high chemical accuracy in a small region, such as an active site of a catalyst, and a less accurate, but more computationally efficient description of the remainder. These tools can then be used to perform first-principle studies on large, reactive, and condensed phase systems. We are interested in applying these methods to metalloenzymes, heterogeneous catalysts, and metal-organic frameworks.

Studying the active site of [NiFE] hydrogenase
Studying the active site of [NiFE] hydrogenase

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2020

Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award for Graduate Students, 2014

Mailing Address

Jason Goodpaster
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
D-1, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431