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William (Chuck) Witt

PhD Institution: Princeton University Cohort: 2020 Fellow

During his PhD, Chuck has worked on ways to improve computer simulations of the behavior of atoms within materials. He helped to overcome challenges in computer processing of models involving many atoms through advancing orbital-free density theory. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Chuck aims to use machine learning techniques to simulate very large-scale polymer systems and to develop new plastics. He hopes that this work could lead to plastic products that maintain useful qualities while reducing harmful effects, such as microplastic pollution.