Chemist Edward Valeev awarded top National Science Foundation grant for early stage research

BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 17, 2009 – A Virginia Tech chemist is one of three faculty members from the College of Science who were awarded prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants this fall by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Edward Valeev, assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Science, received a $600,000 grant to help further his research in theoretical chemistry.

His research group works toward accurate quantum-mechanical prediction of properties of molecules and materials. The group’s main focus is on the development of mathematical and numerical models and their implementation in computer programs. The award will improve accuracy of the models and produce free software that will help build private capacity for innovation.

CAREER awards are made to outstanding young faculty members who present career development plans that effectively integrate research and education, with an emphasis on combining the excitement of research with inspired teaching. The CAREER program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards for outstanding faculty early in their profession.

Valeev earned his master’s degree from the Higher Chemistry College of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia; and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He joined Virginia Tech’s College of Science in 2006.

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