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Leah Isseroff 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, The Cooper Union; MA, PhD, Princeton University
  • At Vassar since 2015

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Research and Academic Interests

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry; materials chemistry and solar energy conversion

Departments and Programs

Courses

  • CHEM 125. Chemical Principles
  • 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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Leah Isseroff Bendavid received her BE in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2007 and her PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 2013. After completing postdoctoral research at Stanford University, Dr. Bendavid joined the Vassar College Chemistry Department in 2015.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Bendavid teaches General Chemistry (108/109) and Physical Chemistry (352).