Gustavo Scuseria

Rice University
Department of Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Materials Science & NanoEngineering
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: (713) 348-4746


Gustavo E. Scuseria received his Ph.D in physics from the University of Buenos Aires in 1983. He was a postdoctoral researcher in quantum chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Georgia before joining the faculty at Rice in 1989.

Professor Scuseria’s main research field is computational quantum chemistry, an area where he has made seminal contributions to the development of new methodologies and their application to molecules, solids, and nanoscale systems. Scuseria is also well known for his contributions to the Gaussian suite of programs, a popular software package for quantum chemistry calculations used in academia, government, and industry. He is the author of more than 450 publications that have received more than 45,000 citations according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science. Scuseria has presented more than 350 invited lectures at national and international conferences, academic and research institutions.

Research Interests
Research in the Scuseria group straddles between quantum chemistry, condensed matter physics, and materials science, focusing on novel methods for electronic structure theory, particularly strong correlation, and applications to molecules and materials.

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Distinguished Israel Pollak Lecturer, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology 
  • 2015 Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 
  • 2015 Lise Meitner Minerva Lectureship Award, Tel Aviv University 
  • 2015 Humboldt Research Award 
  • 2012 Eolo Scrocco Colloquium, Scuola Normale Superiore, Universita di Pisa
  • 2010 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology Theory
  • 2010 Fellow of the American Chemical Society
  • 2009 Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
  • 2009 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2006 Thomson-Reuters ISI Highly Cited Researcher
  • 2003 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
  • 2002 Fellow of the American Physical Society

5 most relevant publications

  • Seniority-based coupled cluster theory, T. M. Henderson, I. W. Bulik, T. Stein, and G. E. Scuseria, J. Chem. Phys. 141, 244104 (2014)
  • Synergy between pair coupled cluster doubles and pair density functional theory, A. J. Garza, I. W. Bulik, T. M. Henderson, and G. E. Scuseria, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 044109 (2015)
  • Range separated hybrids of pair coupled cluster doubles and density functionals, A. J. Garza, I. W. Bulik, T. M. Henderson, and G. E. Scuseria, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 22412–22422 (2015)
  • Combinations of coupled cluster, density functionals, and the random phase approximation for describing static and dynamic correlation, and van der Waals interactions, A. J. Garza, I. W. Bulik, A. G. Sousa Alencar, J. Sun, J. P. Perdew, and G. E. Scuseria, Mol. Phys. 114, 997-1018 (2016)
  • Predicting band gaps with hybrid density functionals, A. J. Garza and G. E. Scuseria, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 4165-4170 (2016)