Paulette Clancy



D.Phil Physical Chemistry, Oxford

Paulette Clancy’s research group is a leader in the modeling and simulation of semiconductor materials ranging from traditional silicon-based compounds to all organic materials. In their quest to identify the best materials for applications ranging from solar cells to electronic displays, the group uses modeling to predict the link between material design and properties, allowing them to suggest processing conditions and tailored materials to fulfill a desired set of constraints. Recently, she added machine learning approaches to accelerate this materials discovery goal.

Clancy joined ChemBE as Department Head Aug. 1, 2018. She received a D. Phil in physical chemistry from Oxford University and graduated with First Class Honors from London University. She did post-doctoral research at Cornell University and at London University, and joined the faculty at Cornell in 1987, where she served as the Samuel W. and M. Diane Bodman Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Emerita and the inaugural director of the Cornell Institute for Computational Science and Engineering.

She served two terms as the William C. Hooey Director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell, and was the first female director of the school and the first woman to chair an engineering department in Cornell’s College of Engineering.

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