Welcome to the



We are a group of computational organic chemists at the University of Houston. We enjoy our "screen-time." But even more so the chemical insights we get out of it.

A central theme of our work is recognizing the interpretive power of fuzzy chemical concepts fuzzy chemical concepts (like aromaticity and antiaromaticity) for explaining the "why's and how's" of chemistry. Recently, we became interested in understandinghow light affects proton and electron transfer reactions along with the implications of excited-state (anti)aromaticity for designing functional molecules. We try our best to be good storytellers of our findings.

Click here to see a highlight of our recent work in Chemistry World!



Lucas Karas

Postdoctoral Associate

Said Jalife Jacobo

Postdoctoral Associate

Renan Viesser

Postdoctoral Associate

João Soares

PhD Student


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TPOC Meetings

TPOC (Theoretical physical organic chemistry) meetings are a series of virtual "mini" conferences started by the Wu and Tantillo labs in March 2021.

We miss the times of B.C. (before COVID), when sharing science in-person was possible and so created this meeting as a place for students to exchange research stories. We meet on the second Thursday every month at 9am (PST) / 11am (CDT).

We welcome all flavors of computational organic chemists to join us!

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Judy i. wu

Judy grew up in the subtropical island of Taiwan.
She earned a BS (2004) in Chemistry from Tunghai University, Taiwan, and
a PhD (2011) working with Paul Schleyer, at the University of Georgia.

In 2015, she began her independent career at the University of Houston,
Department of Chemistry. Currently, she is an Associate Editor for the
Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry. She has received an IUPAC
Young Chemist Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and an NIH MIRA award.
She was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow in 2020.

She enjoys long walks with her dog, and writing from a cozy corner.

Upcoming Talks

ChemComm Desktop Seminar
November 17, 2020 (register here)

December 16-21, 2021 (Honolulu, HI, USA)

University of Akron
March 15, 2022 (Akron, OH, USA)

July 3-8, 2022 (Warsaw, Poland)