Richard Lombardini, Ph.D., was born in Lubbock,Texas, where he attended Texas Tech University. After four years of majoring in chemistry and doing undergraduate research in biology through the TTU/HHMI Undergraduate Research Program, he decided to pursue a different direction: the theoretical physical sciences.
After receiving bachelor’s degrees in both Mathematics and Chemistry, he pursued a Ph.D. in Physics at Texas Tech, which was completed in August 2006. His dissertation work explored the use of wavelet-like functions as a basis set for solving the Schrodinger Equation modeling nuclear motion of atoms within a small molecule.
After graduation, he moved to Houston for a postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University under the guidance of Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., in computational chemistry and physics. The use of wavelet functions in computations became a recurring focus of his research; however, he did dabble in theoretical calculations involving nanophotonics.
In 2009, he joined the faculty at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Physics Department. In August 2013, he joined St. Mary’s University as an Assistant Professor of Physics.
Lombardini has a wide range of theoretical and computational interests and is open to mentoring undergraduates in research projects of all shapes and sizes. Quantum Field Theory has become a new interest of his, and he hopes to contribute to this field of research as well as devise teaching strategies to successfully explain some of its basic concepts to undergraduates.
When he is not lecturing, grading, reading or thinking deeply, he loves to run and has completed numerous full and half marathons.
R. Acevedo, R. Lombardini, and B. R. Johnson. Matrix-Free application of Hamiltonian operators in Coifman wavelet bases. [J. Chem. Phys. 132 244112 (2010)].
R. Lombardini, R. Acevedo, N. J. Halas, and B. R. Johnson. Plasmonic enhancement of Raman optical activity in molecules near metal nanoshells: theoretical comparison of circular polarization methods. [J. Phys. Chem. C 114 7390 (2010)].
R. Acevedo, R. Lombardini, N. J. Halas, and B. R. Johnson. Plasmonic enhancement of Raman optical activity in molecules near metal nanoshells. [J. Phys. Chem. A 113 13173 (2009)].
R. Acevedo, R. Lombardini. M. A. Turner, J. L. Kinsey, and B. R. Johnson. Quantum and electromagnetic propagation with the conjugate symmetric Lanczos method. [J. Chem. Phys. 128 064103 (2008)].
R. Lombardini and B. Poirier. Parallel subspace iteration method for the sparse symmetric eigenvalue problem. [J. Theor. Comput. Chem. 5 801 (2006)].
R. Lombardini and B. Poirier. Improving the accuracy of Weyl-Heisenberg wavelet and symmetrized Gaussian representations using customized phase-space-region operators. [Phys. Rev. E 74 036705 (2006)].
R. Lombardini and B. Poirier. Rovibrational spectroscopy calculations of neon dimer using a phase space truncated Weyl-Heisenberg wavelet basis. [J. Chem. Phys. 124 144107 (2006)].