Michael B. Hall, Director

Professor Michael Hall is Davidson Professor of Science (Chemistry) and Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Simulation since its founding in 1997. He was appointed Director (Interim) of the Academy on January 2017.

Professor Hall was born and raised in Pennsylvania and obtained his B. S. degree in Chemistry from Juniata College. Following his Ph. D. work with Richard Fenske at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he was awarded an AEI postdoctoral fellowship in theoretical chemistry at the University of Manchester, England, where he studied with Ian Hillier. Professor Hall’s career at Texas A&M University began in 1975 when he accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980 and Professor in 1983. He served as Head of the Department from 1986 to 1994, and as Executive Associate Dean in the College of Science from 1997 to 2017. He founded and has directed the Laboratory of Molecular Simulation since 1997 and was named Davidson Professor of Science in 2004.

His research interests are primarily directed toward understanding chemical structures and reactions through state-of-the-art quantum calculations. Applications to transition-metal polyhydrides, transition-metal activation of carbon-hydrogen and carbon-carbon bonds, and biocatalysis by metalloenzymes are among his current interests. He has served on the editorial advisory board of the Organometallics and Theoretical Chemistry Accounts. He has also been a member of the External Advisory Board of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis an EFRC center at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.