Matt received his BS in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. There, he got started in sustainability research, working with Prof. Graeme Henkelman on catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells. His PhD work at MIT with Prof. Troy Van Voorhis concerned new theoretical methods for simulating solar materials. At Caltech, Matt worked with Prof. Thomas F. Miller III to model the conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia, a key process in natural fertilization of plants and a limiting factor in crop yields. His research aimed to contribute to the development of the theoretical tools needed to understand the catalytic action of nitrogenase, the enzyme that performs this reaction at a molecular level.
Matt is currently a Software Scientist at the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI).