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Curt Breneman

Dean
chemistry and chemical biology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States of America

Biography

Curt Breneman was born in Santa Monica, California in 1956, and went on to earn a B.S. in Chemistry at UCLA in 1980 followed by a Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Santa Barbara (with an emphasis on Physical Organic and Computational Chemistry) in 1987. Following two years of post-doctoral research at Yale University, Dr. Breneman joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and began a program in molecular recognition and computational chemistry based on his concept of "Transferable Atom Equivalents", or TAEs, as building blocks for describing the electronic and reactive character of molecules. Dr. Breneman currently holds the rank of Full Professor in the RPI Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and is the Director of the NIH RECCR Center. He later served as Head of the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and now as Dean of the School of Science.

Research Interest

Cheminformatics, Materials Informatics, Drug Discovery Software

Publications

  • T Potta, Z Zhen, TSP Grandhi, MD Christensen, J Ramos, CM Breneman* “Discovery of antibiotics-derived polymers for gene delivery using combinatorial synthesis and cheminformatics modeling” Biomaterials (2014) 35(6), 1977-1988.

  • CC Wang, G Pilania, SA Boggs, S Kumar, C Breneman*, R Ramprasad* “Computational strategies for polymer dielectrics design” Polymer (2014) 55(4) 979–988

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