Greg Voth to receive American Chemical Society’s theoretical chemistry award

The Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society has awarded its 2013 Award in Theoretical Chemistry to the University of Chicago’s Gregory Voth.

The award cites Voth “for the development and application of powerful new theoretical and computational methods in the study of biomolecules, liquids, materials and quantum mechanical systems.”


Voth is the Haig P. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor in Chemistry, director of the Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation, a senior fellow of the Computation Institute and a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.

Voth has pioneered an approach known as “multiscale coarse graining,” which reduces the “resolution” of molecular-scale entities into simpler structures while retaining key information about their interactions. The resulting computer simulations based on this method can accurately and efficiently explain and predict the multiscale properties of complex molecules such as lipids and proteins.

Voth and three other recipients of the 2013 Physical Chemistry Division awards will be honored at a special awards symposium in September at the Fall ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis.