Second Place - Baudilio Tejerina

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Systems Manager, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Like a meteorologist making predictions about the weather, quantum chemists, like Dr. Tejerina, make predictions about the electrons in a molecule. They use computers to estimate the shape of a molecule and make predictions about how it will behave in a chemical reaction. This information can be helpful in the design of drugs, renewable energy sources, batteries and explosives.

This image shows the 3D electron density map of a molecule composed of carbon atoms (large concentric circles) and hydrogen atoms (small concentric circles).