David Limmer

David Limmer

Associate Professor of Chemistry

email: dlimmer@berkeley.edu
office: 210 Gilman Hall

Research Group

Research Interests

Theoretical Chemistry
Our research endeavors to advance theoretical descriptions of complex, condensed phase materials especially in instances where equilibrium ideas do not apply. We do this using concepts and methods developed by considering contemporary statistical mechanics unified when appropriate with principles from disparate disciplines in theoretical science. We ultimately aim to derive effective theories and coarse-grained descriptions and do so with the help of modern numerical techniques and computer simulation. Inspiration for specific problems comes from close collaboration with experimentalists studying real physical systems in microscopic or mesoscopic detail.  Specific areas of current interest include the emergent behavior of systems undergoing simple chemical dynamics in complex environments, the response of nanoscale systems driven far from equilibrium and the solid-electrolyte interfaces relevant to basic energy science.


  • Born 1986
  • B. S. Chemical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2008)
  • Ph. D. Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (2013-2016)
  • Assistant Professor and Chevron Chair in Chemistry, UC Berkeley (starting July 2016)