Christopher Muhich is an assistant professor of chemical engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University. His research uses computational quantum chemistry techniques to fundamentally understand and design materials/chemical processes to facilitate renewable energy generation, and environmental remediation processes. He brings over 10 years of experience in simulation of quantum chemical calculations to the STEPS center. This approach allows one to simulate the distribution of electrons and atoms in atomic systems, and therefore unparalleled insight into molecular pathways, such as bonding motifs, geometric structures and more. He has applied these to various areas of chemical reactions, catalysis, adsorption, photocatalysis. His group will apply these methods to understand the atomistic level P conversion and adsorption/desorption which dictate the fate of P.
Muhich earned a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduate school, he did postdoctoral work in the Mechanical and Processes Engineering Department at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Muhich began at ASU in 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering.