Steven Richardson, Chemistry

The third branch of science, Computational Science and Engineering, in addition to experimental and theoretical science, will have an even more important role to play in the simulation and design of novel materials for both their fundamental and technological importance in society’s future.

STEVEN L. RICHARDSON - at the 20th Annual Meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists (1999)

 

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Dr. Richardson with young future scientists and engineers at Sci-Enza, the oldest interactive science center in South Africa located on the campus of The University of Pretoria. Photo: Steven Richardson, 2015.

 

Visiting Professor 2016-2017
Hosted by the Department of Chemistry

Steven L. Richardson is a physicist and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University.

Research interests: Theoretical condensed matter physics, computational materials science, and computational chemistry; using high-performance massively parallel supercomputers and quantum mechanics to design and model new molecules and materials

2016-2017 Scholars

Amazing Two-Dimensional Materials


Steven Richardson, member of the NSF Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM), describes the intriguing properties of 2D atomic layers and their potential for the future. [2015]

Steven L. Richardson is a physicist and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University. His research interests are theoretical condensed matter physics, computational materials science, and computational chemistry—with a specific focus on using high-performance massively parallel processing (MPP) supercomputers and quantum mechanics to design and model new molecules and materials. He has worked in industry, government, and academia throughout his career.

Dr. Richardson studied chemistry at Columbia University on a National Achievement Scholarship. He earned an M.S. in Physics (1981) and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (1983), both from Ohio State University. Included in his dissertation is the new semiconductor surface for Gallium arsenide (GaAs) he discovered as a Xerox Graduate Fellow.

He was a Chancellor's Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He then worked at Eastman Kodak Company as a senior research scientist in the Solid State Science Laboratories, during which he also temporarily served as program director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Condensed Matter Theory Program.

In 1986, Dr. Richardson joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University as an associate professor (promoted to full professor in 1995) and as associate director of the Materials Science Research Center of Excellence. He has brought to the university over ten million dollars worth of external funding from sources that include the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), Army Research Office (ARO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), W. M. Keck Foundation, and the Boeing Corporation. In 2013, he was honored with a 2013 Howard University Faculty Senate Award for Exemplary Teaching.

Dr. Richardson is a member of the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research was cited with a 1992 National Science Foundation Career Advancement Award. The Scientific Research Honor Society named him a Sigma Xi Distinguished National Lecturer, 1996-1998. In 2012, he was selected as a series featured participant for The History Makers: Science Makers, an innovative African-American media and educational initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Dr. Richardson has been a Visiting Professor in the physics department at the Instituto Superior Tecnico and Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores (INESC) in Lisbon, Portugal (1994) and a Visiting Fellow at the Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation in Emory University (1995-1996).

From 1997 to 2011, Dr. Richardson served as a summer faculty fellow with the United States Navy-American Society for Engineering Education’s Summer Faculty Program at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. He was also a 2013 Distinguished Summer Faculty Fellow at the NRL's Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Program and continues to serve as a Visiting Scientist at the Center for Computational Materials Science.

Dr. Richardson has been a Faculty Associate in Applied
Physics in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences at Harvard University since 2015. He is currently a co-principal investigator on a five-year $20-million-dollar research initiative with the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM), an NSF Science and Technology Center at Harvard. The center explores how atomically-thin two-dimensional quantum materials, topological insulators, and NV centers in diamonds can be integrated to make new devices for communications and computing in the 21st century. This NSF CIQM team consists of scientists and educators from MIT, Howard University, Harvard University, and the Museum of Science, Boston, as well as a network of colleges throughout the greater Boston and Washington, D.C. areas.

The MIT Department of Chemistry will host Dr. Richardson as an MLK Visiting Professor.

2000s

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "Access to endodontic care in North Carolina public health and Medicaid settings." Journal of public health dentistry 74.3 (2014): 175-180.

Zope, Rajendra R.,Tunna Baruah, Steven L. Richardson, Mark R. Pederson, and Brett I. Dunlap. "Optical excitation energies, Stokes shift, and spin-splitting of C24H72Si14." The Journal of chemical physics 133.3 (2010): 034301.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "First-Principles Studies of Octacyclopropylcubane: A Novel High-Energy Density Material." APS Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2009.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "First-Principles Studies of sila-Diamondoids."APS Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2007.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "Cyclohexamantane (C 26 H 30): First-principles DFT study of a novel diamondoid molecule." Diamond and related materials15.4 (2006): 707-710.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "Structural and Vibrational Properties of Boron Nitride Analogues of Diamondoids." APS Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2006.

Richardson, Steven L., Tunna Baruah, and Mark R. Pederson. "Searching for the vibrational signatures of the Zn–Zn stretching mode in decamethyldizincocene (Zn 2 (η 5-Cp*) 2): The first organometallic compound with a metallic homonuclear Zn–Zn bond." Chemical physics letters 415.1 (2005): 141-145.

Park, Kyungwha, Mark R. Pederson, Tunna Baruah, Noam Bernstein, Jens Kortus, Steven L. Richardson, Enrique del Barco, Andrew D. Kent, Steve Hill, and Naresh S. Dalal. "Incommensurate transverse anisotropy induced by disorder and spin-orbit-vibron coupling in Mn12 acetate." Journal of applied physics 97.10 (2005): 10M505.

Steven L. Richardson, et al. "Theoretical confirmation of the experimental Raman spectra of the lower-order diamondoid molecule: Cyclohexamantane (C 26 H 30)." Chemical physics letters 403.1 (2005): 83-88.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "First-Principles Studies of Nitrogen-Based Novel High-Energy Metallocenes." APS Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2004.

Baruah, Tunna,Rajendra R. Zope, Steven L. Richardson, and Mark R. Pederson. "Electronic structure, vibrational stability, and predicted infrared-Raman spectra of the As20, As@ Ni12, and As@ Ni12@ As20 clusters." The Journal of chemical physics 121.22 (2004): 11007-11015.

Baruah, Tunna, Rajendra R. Zope, Steven L. Richardson, and Mark R. Pederson. "Electronic structure and rebonding in the onionlike As@ Ni 12@ As 20 cluster." Physical Review B 68.24 (2003): 241404.

Richardson, Steven L., and Mark R. Pederson. "Using Oxa Bowls as Novel Candidates for the Molecular Recognition of Alkali Metal Ions: A Theoretical Study." APS Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2003.

Park, Kyungwha, Mark R. Pederson, Steven L. Richardson, Nuria Aliaga-Alcalde, and George Christou, "Density-functional theory calculation of the intermolecular exchange interaction in the magnetic Mn 4 dimer." Physical Review B 68.2 (2003): 020405.

Richardson, Steven L., and Mark R. Pederson. "Density Functional Study of the Optimized Structure, Enthalpy of Formation, Strain Energy, and Vibrational Properties of the Highly-Strained Carbon Complex:[15] Triangulane." APS Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2002.

Richardson, Steven L., Jens Kortus, and Mark R. Pederson. "Unusual Structure and Dynamics of the Highly-Energetic Molecule: Octanitrocubane."APS Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2001.

Kortus, Jens, Mark R. Pederson, and Steven L. Richardson. "First-principles DFT study of the structural, electronic and vibrational properties of azidopentazole." Chemical physics letters 340.5 (2001): 565-570.

Richardson, Steven L., and José Luis Martins. "Structural Optimization of Solid Cubane within the Generalized Gradient Approximation." APS Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2000.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "First-Principles Tight-Binding Calculation of the Monovacancy Formation Energy in hcp-Zn." APS March Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 2000.

Kortus, Jens, Mark R. Pederson, and Steven L. Richardson. "Density functional-based prediction of the electronic, structural, and vibrational properties of the energetic molecule: octanitrocubane." Chemical Physics Letters 322.3 (2000): 224-230.

 

1990s

Richardson, Steven L. "Using Supercomputers to Design Novel Materials," 24th Day of Scientific Lectures and 20th Annual Meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists (1999).

Richardson, Steven L., and José Luís Martins, "Ab Initio Study of the Structural and Electronic Properties of Solid Cubane," Physical Review B 58.23 (1998).

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "Can chlorine anion catalyze the reaction of HOCl with HCl?." Chemical physics letters 270.5 (1997): 395-398.

Richardson, Steven L. "Using Supercomputers to Model and Design Novel Materials." APS March Meeting Abstracts. 1997.

Teachey, Robert D., and Steven L. Richardson. "Resonant Magnetotunneling in Asymmetric Multiple-Barrier Semiconductor Heterostructures." APS March Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 1. 1997.

Allen, Shaune S., and Steven L. Richardson, "Improved Airy function formalism for study of resonant tunneling in multibarrier semiconductor heterostructures." Journal of applied physics 79.2 (1996): 886-894.

Francisco, Joseph S., and Steven L. Richardson, "Determination of C-C Bond Dissociation Energy in Cyanogen," Journal of Chemical Physics 102, 1100 (1995).

Richardson, Steven L., and Joseph S. Francisco. "A computational study of the reaction of C2 with CH4." Molecular Physics 83.5 (1994): 1041-1044.

Alphonso-Gibbs, John A., Shaune S. Allen, and Steven L. Richardson, "Transmission Coefficients for Resonant Tunneling in Triple-Barrier Graded Quantum Well Semiconductor Heterostructures," Physics Letters A 195, 253 (1994).

Allen, Shaune S., and Steven L. Richardson. "Theoretical investigations of resonant tunneling in asymmetric multibarrier semiconductor heterostructures in an applied constant electric field." Physical Review B 50.16 (1994): 11693.

Francisco, Joseph S., and Steven L. Richardson. "Determination of the heats of formation of CCCN and HCCCN." The Journal of chemical physics 101.9 (1994): 7707-7711.

Brooks, Juliana HJ, Kathleen K. Renz, Saeed Kattoua, Susan E. White, Steven L. Richardson, Joseph Delgigante. "Linking environmental and health care databases: Assessing the health effects of environmental pollutants." International journal of bio-medical computing 32.3 (1993): 279-288.

Lacy, Fred, Ernest L. Carter, and Steven L. Richardson. "Calculations of Bulk and Surface Magnetic Polaritons in Modulated Antiferromagnetic/Non-Magnetic Superlattices." MRS Proceedings. Vol. 313. Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "Small area analysis shows differences in utilization." American Journal of Medical Quality 6.3 (1991): 91-94.

Brooks, J. H., Renz KK, White SE, Richardson SL. "Unnecessary hospitalization of Medicare patients in Ohio. A preliminary profile." American journal of medical quality: the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 7.4 (1991): 116-119.

1980s

Richardson, Steven L., and Marvin L. Cohen. "Erratum: Conduction-band-edge charge densities in elemental and compound semiconductors." Physical Review B 36.2 (1987): 1275.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "Erratum: Electron charge densities at conduction-band edges of semiconductors." Physical Review B 35.17 (1987): 9308.

Richardson, Steven L., and Marvin L. Cohen. "Conduction-band-edge charge densities in elemental and compound semiconductors." Physical Review B35.3 (1987): 1388.

Richardson, Steven L., et al., "Electron charge densities at conduction-band edges of semiconductors." Physical Review B 33.2 (1986): 1177.

Wentzcovitch, Renata M., Steven L. Richardson, and Marvin L. Cohen. "Electronic charge densities at valence and conduction band edges of ZnSe and CdTe." Physics Letters A 114.4 (1986): 203-206.

Richardson, Steven L., et al. "Comment on" Predicted modifications in the direct and indirect gaps of tetrahedral semiconductors"." Physical review letters 54.23 (1985): 2549.

Richardson, Steven L., M. Y. Chou, and Marvin L. Cohen. "Ground-state properties of Be 2: A pseudopotential local-density approach." Physical Review A 31.5 (1985): 3444.

 

1970s

Richardson, Steven L. "Remote sensing on a shoestring." Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 44 (1978): 1027-1032.

Tifft, E. C., P. E. Moffa, S. L. Richardson and R. I. Field. "Enhancement of high-rate disinfection by sequential addition of chlorine and chlorine dioxide." Journal (Water Pollution Control Federation) (1977): 1652-1658.

Dr. Steven L. Richardson is listed in MIT's Directory of Science & Engineering Faculty (S&EF) in Selected Institutions of Higher Education.

This directory profiles some of the achievements of science and engineering faculty of Black/African -American, Native American, and Spanish-speaking heritage.  The SEF directory is intended for use by graduate schools, deans, department heads, and other faculty to aid in their search for potential speakers, mentors, role models, visiting and permanent faculty, and opportunities for professional collaboration.

 

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