Bobby Sumpter

Bobby Sumpter

Center for Nanophase Material Sciences


For outstanding scientific impact in computational soft matter and nanoscience through cross-discipline collaboration to address materials problems and discover new functional materials

Bobby Sumpter leads both the Computational Chemistry and Materials Science group in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division and the Nanomaterials Theory Institute at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. He is also an investigator in the Center for Accelerating Materials Modeling.

Sumpter has been exceptionally productive at the confluence of theory and experiment, working across organizational boundaries to provide cross-discipline theory and modeling leadership. He is also internationally recognized for his theory and simulation contributions to a wide range of scientific areas, including computational soft matter science; surface/substrate-mediated interaction, interfaces, and self-assembly; nanostructured and layered materials; and design of high-capacity energy storage materials.

He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his doctorate in physical chemistry from Oklahoma State University before joining the laboratory in 1988. He has published more than 280 peer-reviewed articles, has edited or contributed chapters to 21 books, and has been cited more than 6,000 times.

He was named a corporate fellow in 2013.