Andrew M. Rappe

Andrew M. Rappe
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Co-Director, Pennergy

Room 264
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
231 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323, U.S.A.
Phone: (215) 898-8313
Fax: (215) 573-2112
E-mail: rappe  (at)


Education and Awards

1986 B.A. Chemistry and Physics, Summa Cum Laude, Harvard University
1986-1989 ONR Graduate Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1990-1992 JSEP Graduate Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1992 Ph. D. Physics and Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1992-1994 IBM Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Berkeley
1994-2000 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
2000-2006 Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
2006-present Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

1997-2001 NSF CAREER Award
1998-2000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
1999-2004 Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Research Interests

Our group focuses on materials design: we study fundamental chemical and physical systems using quantum-mechanical and multiscale theoretical methods, and we apply this understanding to the development of enhanced materials.


Chemistry 523: This course covers modern quantum mechanics at the graduate level. The main texts for the course are Quantum Mechanics by Cohen-Tannoudji et al. (two volumes) and Modern Quantum Mechanics by Sakurai. The course covers the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, including Dirac notation, free-particle wavepackets, the harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, spin, perturbation theory, and many-electron systems. In addition, many important mathematical and computational topics are covered to support and enhance understanding of the material. The requirements for the course are weekly problem sets, two hourly examinations, a project, and a final exam. Interested students are encouraged to contact Prof. Rappe at "I want to thank you for running the most brutal (and useful) course I experienced in graduate school...." --A Satisfied Customer