Dr. Rebecca K. Lindsey

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Rebecca K. Lindsey

PhD Chemical Physics, 2016, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities MN
MS Chemical Physics, 2012, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities MN
BS Chemical Engineering, 2010, Wayne State University, Detroit MI

Dr. Lindsey is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and by courtesy, of Applied Physics, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, and Materials Science. Prior to joining UM, Dr. Lindsey led various research teams within the Energetic Materials Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her work in computational chemistry, for which applications have spanned sorption in soft materials, possible mechanisms for the origins of life, detonation synthesis of unusual carbon nanoparticles, and more, has been underpinned by a strong interest in developing tools enabling work in previously inaccessible problem spaces. In addition to her work in computational chemistry, she leverages data science and machine learning to aid in interpretation of large experimental datasets and to develop material performance models from them.

Internal & External Appointments

Founding Director: The Center for Simulation and Data Intensive Research in Chemical Engineering (CSiDIR)

Visiting Scientist: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Editorial Board Member: KIM Review

Advisory Board Member: Institute of Computational Science & Engineering

Prior Professional Experience

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Staff Research Scientist (2018 – 2022)
Postdoctoral Scholar (2016 – 2018)


2024 – Materials Research Society (MRS) Communications Early Career Distinguished Presenter
2023 – American Institute of Chemical Engineering Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum Young Investigator Award
2019 – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Physical and Life Sciences Directorate Research Award
2018 – Springer Poster Prize; Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulations Mtg.
2016 – Colloids Division Poster Prize; American Chemical Society National Mtg.
2015 – J. Mater. Chem. Poster Prize; Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulations Mtg.
2012 – National Science Foundation Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute Award
2009 – Student Poster Prize; American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Mtg.
2009 – Wayne State University Ernest B. Drake Leadership Scholarship
2009  – Wayne State University Honors College Research Grant
2008 – Wayne State University Honors College Research Grant