We are pleased to welcome Professor Rigoberto Hernandez and his research group to our department as a new Professor of Chemistry! Dr. Hernandez comes to JHU from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he spent 20 years in the School of Chemistry. Dr. Hernandez is a theoretical and computational chemist. He specializes in the dynamics of chemical reactions and multiscale molecular systems, with special interests in non-equilibrium stochastic dynamics and transition state theory. In recent years, he has been involved in physico-chemical studies of large biological macromolecules, a direct extension of his work on polymers, colloids and surfaces.
Dr. Hernandez is also nationally active in matters of science education, faculty development and diversity in science. He brings with him to JHU his national program funded by NSF/DOE/NIH known as the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (termed OXIDE); this supports actual research on matters of diversity in science, collection and dissemination of faculty demographics, and the staging of a biennial national workshops on diversity for representatives from chemistry departments.