U of I

So Hirata

Professor
Department of Chemistry

A520 CLSL MC712
600 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801-3364

Tel: (217) 244-0629
Fax: (217) 244-3186
Email: sohirata@illinois.edu

So Hirata

So Hirata
Blue Waters Professor,
Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Education
Ph.D. (1998), The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Institute for Molecular Science) (with Professor Suehiro Iwata).
M.S. (1996), The University of Tokyo (with Professor Mitsuo Tasumi).
B.S. (1994), The University of Tokyo (with Professor Mitsuo Tasumi).
Dipolma (1990), Todaiji Gakuen.

Primary Appointments
Blue Waters Professor (2014-), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alumni Research Scholar Professor of Chemistry (2010-2015), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Associate Professor of Chemistry (2009-10), University of Florida.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2004-09), University of Florida.
Senior Research Scientist (2001-04), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Visiting Assistant in Postdoctoral Program (2000-01), University of Florida (with Professor Rodney J. Bartlett).
Postdoctoral Research Associate (1999-00), University of Florida (with Professor Rodney J. Bartlett).
Visiting Scholar (1998-99), University of California, Berkeley (with Professor Martin Head-Gordon).

Other Appointments
Affiliate Assistant (2004-09) / Associate (2009-10) Professor of Physics, University of Florida.
Adjunct Associate Professor (2004-08), Hiroshima University.

Awards and Honors
2017 SCS Teaching Award, UIUC (2017).
Spring 2017 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, UIUC (2017).
Spring 2016 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, UIUC (2016).
Spring 2015 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, UIUC (2015).
Fellow, the Royal Society of Chemistry (2015).
Member, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences (2014).
Per-Olov Löwdin Lecturer, Uppsala University (2013).
Fall 2013 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, UIUC (2014).
Blue Waters Professor, UIUC (2014-).
Visiting Professor, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland (2013).
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012).
Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (2012).
Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (2011).
Moskowitz Memorial Lecturer, University of Minnesota (2011).
Alumni Research Scholar Professor, UIUC (2010-15).
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (2009-14).
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009-14).
Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences (2008).
Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2008).
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship for Young Scientists (1996-99).

Editorial Boards
Member of the Editorial Board, Chemical Physics Letters (2016-present).
Member of the Editorial Board, The Journal of Physical Chemistry (2016-present).
Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (2011-present).
Member of the Editorial Board, The Journal of Chemical Physics (2011-13).
Member of the Advisory Board, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2010-present).
Member of the Editorial Board, Theoretical Chemistry Accounts (2010-present).

Grants
In excess of $8.5 million in total since 2004 from U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Science Foundation, Japan Science and Technology Agency, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, University of Florida, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lectures and Conferences Organized
129 invited lectures (including 4 plenary) at international and domestic conferences as well as university and national laboratory seminars.
Co-organizer, Sanibel Symposia (2005-10), FAME 2007, a One-Day Symposium in 235th National ACS Meeting and Exposition (2008), a Symposium in 240th National ACS Meeting and Exposition (2011), 45th Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference (2013).

Publications (see publication section of our website; Google scholar)
147 peer-reviewed journal articles.
9 book chapters.
13 proceedings and non-refereed publications.
Electron-correlation formulae and benchmark online database
Guest editor (with Y. Ishikawa and T. Nakajima), Special Issues in honor of Professor Kimihiko Hirao in Int. J. Quantum Chem. 109(9–10) (2009).
Guest editor (with regular editors, D. G. Truhlar and C. J. Cramer, and 5 other guest editors), 50th Year Anniversary Issue in Theor. Chem. Acc. 131 (2012).
Guest editor (with G. Beran), Special Issue for "Fragment and Local Orbital Approaches for Electronic Structure Theory" in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14, 7559-7561 (2012).

Teaching
Online undergraduate course on quantum chemistry, symmetry, and spectroscopy.
Online graduate lecture materials on advanced quantum chemistry.
Graduate courses taught: Introduction to Theory of Molecular Spectroscopy, Chemical Bond and Spectra II, Advanced Quantum Chemistry and Numerical Methods, and Graduate Fellowship Preparation.
Undergraduate courses taught: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy.
Student evaluations of courses taught were higher than college or department mean every semester except one.
Graduate students supervised: Toru Shiozaki (Ph.D. 2010, U Tokyo), Murat Keçeli (Ph.D. 2012, U Illinois), Olaseni Sode (Ph.D. 2012, U Illinois), Matthew R. Hermes (Ph.D. 2015, U Illinois), Michael A. Salim (Ph.D. 2017, U Illinois).

Computer Software
POLYMER, S. Hirata et al., University of Florida (1999-2010).
Q-Chem, J. Kong et al., Q-Chem, Inc. (2000-10).
NWChem, R. J. Harrison et al., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2002-10).
TCE, S. Hirata, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2003-10).
UTChem, T. Yanai et al., The University of Tokyo (2003-10).
SMITH, T. Shiozaki et al., University of Florida (2008-10).