Jesse James Lutz

Senior Member of Technical Staff

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Senior Member of Technical Staff


Physical scientist interested in software development and high-throughput, high-performance computing for government-sponsored research in quantum chemistry and materials science.

While always curious about exploring new areas of science, my record of publications documents a deep and diverse expertise in atomistic simulations. I am currently interested in actinide chemistry, semiconductor defect physics, and quantum information science. I enjoy developing many-body quantum-mechanical methods for the description of excited-state electronic structure or nuclear spin-flip dynamics.

I am a proud husband, father, and pet owner.

Education & Experience

  • 2015-2019 Assistant Research Professor
    • Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, OH
  • 2012-2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate
    • Joint Quantum Center (JQC) Durham-Newcastle, UK
  • 2006-2011 Ph.D., Physical Chemistry
    • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • 2001-2006 B.Sc., Chemistry (Math);
    • Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Selected Publications

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Proposed qubit design schematic taken from “The remarkable prospect for quantum-dot-coupled tin qubits in silicon“, Wayne M. Witzel, Jesse J. Lutz, and Dwight R. Luhman (2022) PRX Quantum
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Predicted reaction mechanism for the hydrolysis of UF6 from “A theoretical investigation of the hydrolysis of uranium hexafluoride” Jesse J. Lutz et al. (2022) Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
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Rare-gas potential energy curves from “Benchmark comparison of dual-basis double-hybrid density functional theory and a neural-network-optimized method for intermolecular interactions“, Jesse J. Lutz, Jason N. Byrd, and John A. Montgomery (2021) J. Molec. Spectrosc.
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The recommended software citation for GAMESS: “Recent advances in the General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System“, G. M. J. Barca et al. (2020) J. Chem. Phys.