Meet Leanne Paterson, a computational chemist passionate about understanding experimental results at the molecular level!

Leanne uses computer modeling and calculations to visualize and help understand why reactions or material, behave in a certain way. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, where she did her Bachelors degree in chemistry. Leanne moved to Germany to do her master’s degree in molecular science, focusing on computational chemistry to understand the processes happening in a nanostructured photocatalyst for the water splitting reaction. She is now a Ph.D. student at the Max Planck Institute for polymer research, where she is developing software to compute the movement of charged carriers through organic semiconducting materials.