Educational & Professional Experience
B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Southern California, 2007
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Nagoya University, 2012-2014
Selected Awards & Honors
- OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry, ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry, Fall 2018
- Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2018
- Snohomish PUD Professor of Energy Studies, 2017-2018
Our research focuses primarily on organic materials that combine light-absorbing and electrically conducting components in a single package. We develop and apply computational strategies rooted in quantum mechanics to understand the self-assembly and electronic properties of these materials. We are also interested in predictive models of photostability: how long will an organic dye integrated into a device operate before it is photodamaged? We are developing a simulation framework based on density functional tight binding which will allow us to identify and control key degradation pathways.
N. A. Garcia*, T. Kowalczyk (2017) Extension of intramolecular charge-transfer state lifetime by encapsulation in porous frameworks. J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 20673-20679.
T. J. Blatz*, M. M. Fry*, E. I. James*, T. J. Albin*, Z. Pollard*, T. Kowalczyk, A. R. Murphy (2017) Templating the 3D structure of conducting polymers with self-assembling peptides. J. Mater. Chem. B 5, 4690-4696.
Y. Surakhot, V. Laszlo*, C. Chitpakdee, V. Promarak, T. Sudyoadsuk, N. Kungwan, T. Kowalczyk, S. Irle, S. Jungsuttiwong (2017) Theoretical rationalization for reduced charge recombination in bulky carbazole-based sensitizers in solar cells. J. Comput. Chem. 38, 901-909.
R. Nozawa, H. Tanaka, W.-Y. Cha, Y. Hong, I. Hisaki, S. Shimizu, J.-Y. Shin, T. Kowalczyk, S. Irle, D. Kim, H. Shinokubo (2016) Stacked Antiaromatic Porphyrins. Nat. Commun. 7, 13620.
K. T. Komoto, T. Kowalczyk (2016) How parallel are excited state potential energy surfaces from time-independent and time-dependent DFT? A BODIPY dye case study. J. Phys. Chem. A 120, 8160-8168.
V. Laszlo, T. Kowalczyk (2016) Acene-linked Covalent Organic Frameworks as Candidate Materials for Singlet Fission. J. Mater. Chem. A 4, 10500-10507.
T. Kowalczyk, K. Le, S. Irle (2016) Self-Consistent Optimization of Excited States within Density-Functional Tight-Binding. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 12, 313-323.