Dr. Kirtman received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University in 1961. He pursued his postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington (Seattle) and joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1962. In 1965 he moved to UCSB where he has been ever since. Dr. Kirtman is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award of the UCSB Academic Senate (1983) and the ICCMSE 2005 Prize for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. A Special Symposium in his honor was held in Rhodes, Greece 29 September – 1 October 2009.
Theoretical and computational chemistry, applied to structural as well as spectroscopic properties of molecules and materials. Recent areas of interest include: (i) treatment of nano-materials by combination of fragments; (ii) effect of vibrations on linear and nonlinear optical properties; (iii) response of infinite periodic systems to electric and magnetic fields; (iv) density functional theory catastrophe for electric field polarization of polymers, semiconductors, and ionic solids; and (v) effect of doping by alkali/transition metal atoms on electrical/magnetic properties of materials; and (vi) electronic band structure of polymers.
Selected Research Publications
Springborg, M. ; Tevekeliyska, V. ; Kirtman, B. , Phys. Rev. B 2010, 82, 165442.
He, K. H. ; Zheng, G. ; Kirtman, B. ; et al. , Solid State Comm. 2010, 150, 701.
Zicovic-Wilson, C.M. ; Kirtman, B. ; et al. , Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2010, 12, 3289.
Pomogaeva, A. ; Kirtman, B. ; et al. , J. Chem. Phys. 2008, 128, 074109.
Ramirez-Solis, A. ; Kirtman, B. ; et al. , J. Chem. Phys. 2009, 130, 16490.
Luis, J. M. ; Reis, H. ; Papadopoulos, M. G. ; Kirtman, B, J. Chem. Phys. 2009, 131, 034116.
Ferrero, M. ; Rerat, M. ; Kirtman, B. et al. , J. Chem. Phys. 2008, 129, 244110.
Kirtman, B. ; et al. , J. Chem. Phys. 2008, 128, 114108.
Kirtman, B. ; Luis, J. M. ; J. Chem. Phys. 2008, 128, 114101.
Luis, J. M. ; Torrent-Sucarrat, M. ; Christiansen, O. ; Kirtman, B. , J. Chem. Phys. 2007. 127, 084118.
Springborg, M ; Kirtman, B. , Phys. Rev. B 2008, 77, 045102.
Champagne, B. ; Bulat, F. A. ; Yang, W. ; Bonness, S. ; Kirtman, B. , J. Chem. Phys. 2006, 125, 194114.
Korchowiec , J. ; Gu, F. L. ; Kirtman, B. : et al. Int. J. Quantum Chem. 2005, 102, 785
Gu, F. L. ; Aoki, Y. ; Korchowiec , J. ; Imamura, A. ; Kirtman, B. , 2004, 121, 10385.