Department of NanoEngineering MC 0448 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093-0448

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Research Interests

  • DFT
  • Electrochemistry and Catalysis
  • Material Science
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Thermodynamics

Prof. Tod Pascal

Assistant Professor NanoEngineering

University of California, San Diego

Prof. Tod A Pascal is an Assistant Professor of NanoEngineering and Chemical Engineering; affiliate faculty of Materials Science and Engineering and the Sustainable Power and Energy Center, and a lead investigator for the UC San Diego MRSEC (IRG-1). His research group advances theoretical and computational methods to elucidate the structure and dynamics of electro-chemical systems, disorder in condensed phase systems and spectroscopy at molecular interfaces.


Tod A. Pascal graduated from the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 2010. He conducted research in various areas of molecular simulations of biological and inorganic nanostructures, advancing efficient approaches for predicating free energies of these systems. He performed a year and a half international postdoctoral fellowship at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, working with scientists at the Energy, Environment, Water and Sustainability department on the development of water desalination membranes. He then joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, first as a post-doc and later as a project scientist, working on characterizing the solution phase chemistries of next generation batteries from first principles simulations and predicting the properties of solid/liquid interfaces using simulated core-level spectroscopy.


  1. May 2010

    PhD in Chemistry

    California Institue of Technology