Leah I. Bendavid

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Leah Isseroff Bendavid’s research focuses on innovating and advancing state-of-the-art solar energy technologies using computational quantum chemistry. Her research leverages the power of computational chemistry to probe the physical, optical, electronic, and chemical properties of materials and molecules on an atomic level. She is particularly interested in novel nanocomposite photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials and interface modification in hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaics.

BE, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; MA, PhD, Princeton University
At Vassar since 2015


Bridge for Laboratory Sciences
Box 175

Research and Academic Interests

Physical Chemistry
Computational Chemistry; materials chemistry and solar energy conversion

Departments and Programs


CHEM 125 Chemical Principles
CHEM 292 Computational Techniques in Chemistry
CHEM 352 Physical Chemistry: Molecular Structure

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

2017. Awarded a Visiting Faculty Program Fellowship in the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s leading basic research institutions. Bendavid’s fellowship will support a four-month visit to join the Quantum Theory of Materials research group of Professor Leeor Kronik, during which she will use first-principles calculations to investigate the structural, electronic, and optical characteristics of molecular solids.

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