Talks and Awards


What is A UNIVERSITY? (starts at 8:00)
10 Questions: Centennial Edition, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2019)

Quantum Simulations of Sustainable Energy Materials
18th NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecturer, L’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland (June 17, 2019)

College of Science and Technology 2019 Spring Commencement Speech(starting at minute 33:30)
Temple University, Philadepiha, PA (May 9, 2019)

She Roars – Fuels from Sunlight presented by Emily A. Carter, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (October 5, 2018)

Princeton Engineering Dean Emily Carter and Celgene Executive Chair Bob Hugin Kick off Biomedical Data Science Day 2017 
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (October 25, 2017)

Leveraging artificial photosynthesis to repurpose carbon dioxide into fuel 
IdeasLab Panel: Responding to Climate Change with Princeton University, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland (January 19, 2017)

Quantum solutions for a sustainable energy future 
The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture, American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA (March 14, 2016)

Assessing First Wall Materials at the Atomic Scale and Energy Writ Large at Princeton
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ (February 10, 2016)

Quantum Mechanical Simulations of Millions of Atoms
National Academy of Inventors Induction Ceremony, Pasadena, CA (March 20, 2015)

The Road to a Sustainable Energy Future
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ (January 31, 2015)

Building a Sustainable Energy and Environmental Future (first row and second column, talk starts at 210:05)
Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Symposium, New York Academy of Science, New York, NY (October 24, 2014)

Quantum Mechanics and the Future of the Planet
MPE2013 Simons Public Lecture at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, Los Angeles, CA (November 4, 2013)

Mechanisms of Photoelectrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide and Water Splitting from First Principles
Invited Lecture at the Avogadro Colloquia (second edition) on Challenges for theoretical and computational chemistry in Horizon2020, Pisa, Italy (September 27, 2013).

Emily Carter presents the Francis Clifford Phillips Lectures
Xi Chapter of the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Honorary Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (May 1 & 2, 2013)

“Role of Science in Moving the Planet to Green Energy and a Sustainable Future”
Honorary Mathematical and Physical Sciences Distinguished Lecture, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. (February 24, 2012)

E. Carter on Quantum Mechanics and the Energy Crisis
Plenary lecture at the GDCh Chemistry Forum, Bremen, Germany (September 7, 2011).

Emily Carter on Science for a Sustainable Future
Panel Discussion at the EFRC Summit and Forum, Washington, DC (May 25, 2011).

Emily Carter on New Ideas for Green Energy Solutions
School of Engineering Anne B. Shepherd Lecture Series, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (February 9, 2010)

Computational Modeling of Materials for Energy Applications
Talk at the First Andlinger Workshop on Industry-Academic Collaboration, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (June 9, 2009)

Keys to Becoming a Successful Faculty Member
Talk at the PICASso Career Workshop, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (December 13, 2007).

Status and Challenges in Quantum Mechanics Based Simulations of Materials Behavior
Talk at the NSF World Technology Evaluation Center US Baseline Workshop on Simulation Based Engineering and Science, Arlington, VA (November 2, 2007).

Challenges for Quantum-Based Multiscale Modeling of Materials – IMA2004
Talk given at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications Conference: Future Challenges in Multiscale Modeling and Simulations, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (November 18, 2004).

Honors and Awards


  • 2019 John Scott Award, Board of City Trusts, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2019 Camille & Henry Dreyfus Lectureship, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Inaugural WiSE Presidential Distinguished Lecture, University of Southern California
  • 18th NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecturer, L’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Graduate Mentoring Award, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Princeton University
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, California Institute of Technology
  • Mildred Dresselhaus Memorial Lecturer, Ras Al Khaimah Centre for Advanced Materials, United Arab Emirates
  • Dow Foundation Distinguished Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara


  • C. R. Mueller Distinguished Lecturer, Purdue University
  • CME Leadership Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation, New York Section of the American Chemical Society
  • Donald L. Katz Lectureship in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry, American Chemical Society


  • Emerson Center Lectureship Award, Emory University
  • Fritz London Memorial Lecturer, Duke University
  • Julian C. Smith Lecturer in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University
  • Albert J. Moscowitz Memorial Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Minnesota
  • Outstanding Referee of the Physical Review journals
  • Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, American Physical Society


  • Almlöf–Gropen Lecturer, Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø, Norway
  • R. H. Betts Memorial Award Lecturer, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecturer, American Chemical Society
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (


  • Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (
  • Malcolm Dole Distinguished Summer Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Northwestern University
  • Ira Remsen Award, Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society, Johns Hopkins University
  • Linnett Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge


  • Hoyt C. Hottel Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kenneth S. Pitzer Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 Simons Public Lecturer, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Lord Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Allegheny College
  • Sigillo D’Oro (Golden Sigillum) Medal, Italian Chemical Society, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
  • Article selected for The Journal of Chemical Physics 80th Anniversary Collection (Chen Huang and Emily A. Carter, “Potential-functional embedding theory for molecules and materials,” J. Chem. Phys., 135, 194104 (2011).)
  • Francis Clifford Phillips Lectureship, Xi Chapter of the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Honorary Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tedori-Callinan Lectureship, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Naval Research Laboratory Distinguished Lectureship, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
  • W. Allan Powell Lectureship, Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society and the University of Richmond


  • Docteur Honoris Causa from L’Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL)
  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society
  • Honorary Mathematical and Physical Sciences Distinguished Lecturer, National Science Foundation
  • Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, College of Science and Technology, Temple University


  • MIT Distinguished Speaker in Computational Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • August Wilhelm von Hofmann Lecture Award, German Chemical Society
  • Jerome B. Cohen Lecturer in Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Ernest Davidson Lecturer in Theoretical Chemistry, University of North Texas
  • Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Princeton University


  • Molecular Foundry Distinguished Lecturer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Coover Lecturer in Chemistry, Iowa State University
  • Material Simulation Distinguished Lecturer, Penn State University
  • Pelz Memorial Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University
  • Noyes Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin


  • Member, International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science


  • EaSTChem Visiting Fellow, Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (
  • Welch Distinguished Lecturer in Chemistry
  • Coulson Lecturer, University of Georgia
  • Kivelson Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Old Dominion Faculty Fellow, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University


  • American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research


  • Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics


  • Merck-Frosst Lecturer, Concordia University


  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics


  • Dean’s Recognition Award for Research; Inaugural guest speaker at the UCLA Annual Faculty Research Colloquium Series (November 21, 2002)
  • McDowell Lecturer, University of British Columbia


  • Visiting Scholar, Caltech Aeronautics


  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard Physics


  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCLA


  • Defense Science Study Group Member


  • Defense Science Study Group Member
  • Dr. Lee Visiting Research Fellowship in the Sciences, Christ Church College, Oxford University, England


  • Peter Mark Award, American Vacuum Society
  • Fellow of the American Vacuum Society


  • Herbert Newby McCoy Research Award, UCLA
  • Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
  • Exxon Faculty Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry, ACS Inorganic Award
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Research Award, UCLA
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow


  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award


  • Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award


  • Faculty Member of Distinction (Undergraduate Teaching Award), UCLA


  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Distinguished New Faculty Award
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator