In Memoriam: Dr. Keiji Morokuma

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Keiji Morokuma on November 27th, 2017. In 1993, Dr. Morokuma joined Emory University as Director of the Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation and  William Henry Emerson Professor of Chemistry. In 2006, Dr. Morokuma became William Henry Emerson Professor Emeritus before beginning his final academic position as Research Leader with the Fukui Institute for Fundamental Chemistry at Kyoto University.


Dr. Morokuma was an expert on electronic structure theory and applications, having authored or coauthored more than 900 papers, many review articles and several books. He received numerous awards, directed many scientific centers, and served as president of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences.


Dr. Morokuma was a loving husband to his dear wife, Eiko, father of three sons and one daughter, and grandfather of two grandchildren. He will be remembered by his colleagues and friends for the enthusiasm and energy he brought to everything he did, from science to tennis. He will be deeply missed.


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Emerson Center Research Highlighted by C&EN

The 2016 Emerson Center Symposium. Photo by Jamal Musaev.
The 2016 Emerson Center Symposium. Photo by Jamal Musaev.

Research from Emory’s Emerson Center for Scientific Computing has been highlighted by Chemical and Engineering News. The research, the result of a collaboration between the Emerson Center’s Djamaladdin D. Musaev and the Kenichiro Itami at Nagoya University in Japan, involves Cu-catalyzed C-H imidination. The article, “Onward to simpler C–H functionalizations” appears in the November 07-08 issue of Chemical & Engineering News both in print and online.

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Photo Gallery: Emerson Symposium Brings Arieh Warshel to Emory

The 2016 Emerson Center Lectureship Award Symposium was held in Harland Cinema on September 23rd, 2016. Professor Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California, the 2013 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was the Emerson award winner and keynote speaker. His talk was titled “How to Model the Action of Complex Biological Systems on a Molecular Level.” The symposium also featured talks by David Lynn, Brian Dyer, and R. Prabhakar (University of Miami). The symposium was hosted by Jamal Musaev and the Emerson Center for Scientific Computation. Financial support for the symposium came from the Emory’s Hightower fund, the Department of Chemistry, and Microway Technologies.

2016 Emerson Center Award Symposium to Feature Arieh Warshel


The Emerson Center’s 2016 Award Symposium will take place on Friday, September 23rd in Harland Cinema in the Dobbs University Center (DUC). The keynote speaker will be Arieh Warshel, the 2013 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry. Other speakers include David Lynn and Brian Dyer from Emory and Professor Rajeev Prabhakar from the University of Miami. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Emerson Center for Scientific Computing, Microway, and Emory’s Hightower Fund.

Students–graduate and undergraduate–are invited to submit posters for the poster session taking place from 11-12:30. Two “Best Poster” awards will be conferred at the end of the session.

The symposium is free, but registration is required. Please register at

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