Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation

NSF CENTER for CHEMICAL INNOVATION

James F. Dama

Graduate Student
Voth Group
Department of Chemistry
University of Chicago
jfdama@uchicago.edu

James Dama received his B.Sc. (hons) in Chemical Engineering in 2010 from Caltech. He joined the Voth group in 2010 and currently works on the development of novel coarse-graining methodologies as part of the NSF-funded Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation.

Research Interests:

I seek to understand the breakdown of classical continuum field theories by examining the transition from the bottom up. My research focuses on the development of new coarse-graining methodologies based on the Multiscale Coarse-Graining (MS-CG) framework to clarify the ways in which models at different levels of description can be related to one another and used in place of one another to achieve computational efficiencies. I believe that this research area has the potential to spawn fundamentally new conceptual approaches to defining what the 'stuff' is that we study in physical chemistry. I have strong related interests in free energy methods, singular perturbation methods, and the application of machine learning to complex optimization problems subject to data and parameter uncertainty.