Assistant Professor, Physical Chemistry

B.Sc. in Radiochemistry, Institute for Nuclear Sciences and Technology, Havana (Cuba), 1995 

M.Sc. in Radiochemistry, Institute for Nuclear Sciences and Technology, Havana (Cuba), 1997

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia (Canada), 2004

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Research Interests:

             Theoretical chemical physics, statistical mechanics, condensed matter theory,  molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo method, coarse-grain modeling, quantum dynamics, path integral methods, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Current Teaching:

  • Chemistry 361: Physical Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 363: Physical Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 491: Physical Chemistry Special Topics


  • L. Hernández de la Peña and G. H. Peslherbe, "Quantum effects on the free energy of ionic water clusters evaluated by nonequilibrium computational methods", J. Phys. Chem. B 114, 5404 (2010) 
  • R. van Zon, L. Hernández de la Peña, G. H. Peslherbe and J. Schofield, "Quantum free energy differences from non-equilibrium path-integrals: II. Convergence properties for the harmonic oscillator", Phys. Rev. E 78, 041104 (2008)

  • R. van Zon, L. Hernández de la Peña, G. H. Peslherbe and J. Schofield, "Quantum free energy differences from non-equilibrium path-integrals: I. Methods and numerical application", Phys. Rev. E 78, 041103 (2008)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña, R. van Zon, J. Schofield and S. B. Opps, "Discontinuous molecular dynamics for rigid bodies: Applications", J. Chem. Phys. 126, 074106 (2007)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña, R. van Zon, J. Schofield and S. B. Opps, "Discontinuous molecular dynamics for semi-flexible and rigid bodies", J. Chem. Phys. 126, 074105 (2007)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña and P. G. Kusalik, "Quantum effects in liquid water and ice: Model dependence", J. Chem. Phys. 125, 054512 (2006)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña, M. S. Gulam Razul and P. G. Kusalik, "Quantum effects in ice Ih", J. Chem. Phys. 123, 144506 (2005) 

  • L. Hernández de la Peña, M. S. Gulam Razul and P. G. Kusalik, "Effects of quantization on the properties of liquid water", J. Phys. Chem. A 109, 7236-7241 (2005)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña and P. G. Kusalik, "Temperature dependence of quantum effects in liquid water", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 5246-5251 (2005)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña and P. G. Kusalik, "Quantum effects in light and heavy liquid water: A rigid body centroid molecular dynamics study", J. Chem. Phys. 121, 5992-6002 (2004)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña and P. G. Kusalik, "The rotational centroid and its application in quantum molecular dynamics simulations", Mol. Phys. 102, 927-938 (2004)

  

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