Jay Foley, Ph.D.

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Jay Foley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


B.S. (Chemistry, with High Honors): Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S. (Chemistry): University of Chicago

Ph.D. (Chemistry): University of Chicago

Postdoc: Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Lab

Field of Interest: Physical Chemistry

Research Focus: Dr. Foley is a theoretical physical chemist with an interest in light-matter interactions in nanoscale and molecular systems.

Teaching: Dr. Foley loves teaching students about physical chemistry, theory and computation, and nanoscale phenomena.

My group participates in a collaborative called the “Enhancing Science Courses by Integrating Python” (ESCIP) Network. We are building a set of interactive and open Jupyter notebooks, and are also hosting a series of regional workshops to build capacities for integrating python programming into Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy courses.

Research Group Page


  • Department of Energy Computational Chemical Science Award – 2022-2025

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award – 2021-2026

  • Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement Cottrell Scholar Award – 2019-2023

  • American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator Award – 2018-2020