Ryan DiRisio is a third year graduate student in the McCoy group. He lived in New Jersey before attending the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he studied under Dr. William McNamara to develop cost-effective transition metal catalysts for proton reduction. After receiving his B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Computer Science, he decided to switch to theory research. In his spare time, he enjoys small hikes, cafe visits, listening to music, playing soccer, and playing video games.
Research Interests: Ryan is interested in understanding the mechanism behind proton transfer in small, gas-phase protonated water cluster systems. He uses Diffusion Monte Carlo to study the ground state vibrational wavefunctions of various sizes of protonated clusters. Then he uses the insights gained from the vibrational ground state to make inferences about the spectral signatures of each system.