Tom Froembgen

Visiting Student

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Bonn, Germany (2020)

M.S. in Chemistry, University of Bonn, Germany (2022)


Tom is a Ph.D. student in theoretical chemistry at the University of Bonn in Germany and is currently on a research visit to MIT. His research in the DB group focuses on investigating polarization effects at ionic liquid (IL)/graphene interfaces. These interfaces are particularly intriguing due to the pronounced impact of polarization on their physico-chemical properties, influenced by the strong electric fields exerted by the ions. Tom employs a combination of quantum chemical calculations and all-atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to develop a polarizable force field. The goal is to accurately quantify the role of polarization at IL-graphene interfaces and model their structural and dynamical features. Beyond his academic endeavors, Tom is a passionate Ballroom dancer and enjoys cooking with his friends.

Contact details: 

Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room 66-411
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02139 USA
Phone: 617.253.6441