Christopher Sutton


Duke University
Department of Chemistry
French Family Science Center
Durham, NC 27708-0354

Phone: 919-660-1640



Chris Sutton received his Ph.D in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014. He was a postdoc with Weitao Yang at Duke University, and is currently a member of the Theory Department at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany.

Research Interests
Density functional theory, periodic electronic structure calculations, quantum chemistry, molecular simulations

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Received BAEF Research Fellowship
  • 2013 Received Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award
  • 2009 Recieved 5-year Presidential Fellowship at Georgia Tech 

5 most relevant publications

  • A. Fonari, C. Sutton, V. Coropceanu, J.L. Brédas The Impact of Exact Exchange Energy in the Description of the Electronic Structure of Organic Charge Transfer Molecular Crystals, Phys. Rev. B. 90, 165205 (2014)
  • C. Sutton, T. Körzdörfer, M.T. Gray, M. Brunsfeld, R.M. Parrish, C.D. Sherrill, J.S. Sears, and J.L. Brédas. Accurate Description of Torsion Potentials in Conjugated Polymers using Density Functionals with Reduced Self-interaction Error, J. Chem. Phys., 140, 054310 (2014)
  • C. Sutton, T. Körzdörfer, V. Coropceanu, J.L. Brédas, Towards a Robust Quantum-Chemical Description of Organic Mixed-Valence Systems, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 3925 (2014)
  • C. Sutton, J.S. Sears, V. Coropceanu, J.L. Brédas. Understanding the Density Functional Dependence of DFT-Calculated Electronic Couplings in Organic Semiconductors, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 4, 919, 2013
  • T Körzdörfer, JS Sears, C Sutton, JL Brédas. Long-Range Corrected Hybrid Functionals for π-Conjugated Systems: Dependence of the Range-Separation Parameter on Conjugation Length, J. Chem. Phys., 135, 204107 (2011)