David Mendive-Tapia studied chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB) in Spain where he received his B.Sc. (2007) and M.Sc. (2008). Following this, he moved to Imperial College London (ICL) in UK, where he received a Ph.D in theoretical and computational chemistry in April 2013. The aim of his Ph.D thesis, directed by Michael J. Bearpark and Michael A. Robb, was to investigate the convergence and applicability of “on-the-fly” direct quantum dynamics calculations in excited electronic states with a fully variational coupled Gaussian basis set description, termed Direct Dynamics variational Multi-Configuration Gaussian (DD-vMCG).
While finishing his Ph.D, he stayed as a post-doc in the same team in London until September 2013. During this period he worked on the development of an Ehrenfest-based CASSCF dynamics methodology for the study of electron dynamics in polyatomic molecules after XUV laser pulses on the attosecond time-scale.
Between October 2013 and December 2014, he was post-doc in MARCHES’s team and contributed to 2 publications.
. His research interests included the theoretical exploration of potential energy surfaces of electronically excited states in coupled photo-switches in order to unravel the different modes of interactions between the photo-chromic subunits.