Rigoberto Hernandez

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Rigoberto Hernandez
Born 1967 (age 50–51)[1]
Havana, Cuba
Nationality USA
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Princeton University
Known for Theoretical and Computational Nonequilibrium Chemical Dynamics
Awards NSF CAREER Award
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
Cottrell Scholar Award
ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
Research Corporation TREE Award
Herty Medal
Scientific career
Fields Chemistry
Institutions Johns Hopkins University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Website rh.jhu.edu

Rigoberto Hernandez (born 1967) is an American chemist and academic. He is The Gompf Family Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and a board member of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Before his appointment at Johns Hopkins, Hernandez spent 20 years as a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he became a full professor.


Born in Havana, Hernandez moved to Spain with his family when he was a small child. The family later moved to Florida, where Hernandez attended school.[2] When he was in high school, a research program at the University of Miami sparked an interest in science.[3] He attended Princeton University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and mathematics. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.[4]

After serving on the chemistry faculty at Georgia Tech for 20 years, Hernandez came to Johns Hopkins in 2016. He has special interests in the dynamics of chemical reactions, transition state theory and non-equilibrium stochastic dynamics.[5] Hernandez describes his area of study as "the interplay between molecular motions — such as reactions or rearrangements — and changes in their environments".[6]

Hernandez directs a program known as the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE). The program supports research and awareness into issues of diversity within chemistry departments.[5] The program, which Hernandez started when he was at Georgia Tech, is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Energy. For his work in diversity, Hernandez received the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences in 2013.[7] He also won the 2015 Diversity Award from the Council for Chemical Research.[8]

In recognition of his research and service in the southeast, Hernandez was awarded the 2017 Herty Medal.[9] He is a Cottrell Scholar and received a 2016 Transformational Research and Excellence in Education (TREE) Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.[10] He has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004), the ACS (2010) and the American Physical Society (2011).[11][12][13]

In the fall of 2016, Hernandez was elected to his second three-year term as a board member of the ACS.[14]


  1. ^ "ACS Directory of Graduate Research" (PDF). American Chemical Society. 2009. p. 4. 
  2. ^ "Personal Biography: Rigoberto Hernandez". Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ Minorities in the Chemical Workforce: Diversity Models that Work - A Workshop Report to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable. National Academies Press. 2003. p. 144. ISBN 9780309085397. 
  4. ^ South, Sewanee: The University of the (October 13, 2015). "Top Stories Homepage - Chemist Rigoberto Hernandez comes to Sewanee as Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar". www.sewanee.edu. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Welcome Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez". chemistry.jhu.edu. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "2016 TREE Awards Announced - Research Corporation for Science Advancement". Research Corporation for Science Advancement. 
  7. ^ "ACS honors Hernandez for his efforts in promoting disadvantaged students". www.chemistry.gatech.edu. September 16, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Awards". Council for Chemical Research. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ Wang, Linda (April 3, 2017). "Rigoberto Hernandez is Herty medalist". C&EN. 95 (14): 51. 
  10. ^ "2016 TREE Awards Announced - Research Corporation for Science Advancement". Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ "AAAS Fellows" (PDF). www.aaas.org. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ "For District IV Director: Rigoberto Hernandez | Chemical & Engineering News". Chemical & Engineering News. 94 (36): 51–53. September 12, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  13. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". www.aps.org. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Rigoberto Hernandez of Johns Hopkins re-elected to board of world's largest scientific society". American Chemical Society. November 3, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2017.