Zachary Goldsmith

Zachary Goldsmith
Undergraduate Student

Room 333A
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
231 South 34th street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323, USA
Phone: (215) 898-1150
E-mail:  zgold  (at)


Education and Awards

2014 (expected) B.A. Chemistry (honors) and Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

I study the thermodynamics and kinetics of self-regenerative (or 'intelligent') catalysis using first-principles calculations. Such catalysts require only small amounts of precious metal and resist sintering even after repeated use. I am also interested in ionic diffusion in oxides, doping and defects in perovskites, pseudopotential design, and computational methods.

Nerdy Moments

Favorite clusters: DaVinci, Garnet
Favorite superhero: Spiderman
Favorite sport to play: Basketball
Favorite movie: Space Jam
Favorite Penn food truck: New York Gyro
Favorite trivia category: Geography