Craig Tainter earned his Ph.D. with James L. Skinner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 where he focused on developing a potential energy surface for water that included explicit three-body interactions. This model was subsequently used to investigate supercooled water, the water hexamer and ice. Following graduate school, Dr. Tainter was a postdoctoral researcher with George C. Schatz at Northwestern University where he developed a reactive force field to model zinc oxide nanoparticle formation from the deposition of diethyl zinc on epoxidized graphene.
Dr. Tainter became a faculty member at Vanderbilt University in the fall of 2016. As a member of the teaching faculty in the chemistry department, Craig has taught General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Physical Chemistry Laboratory and Statistical Thermodynamics. Dr. Tainter does not maintain his own research group but actively mentors undergraduate students on computational projects in collaboration with other researchers at Vanderbilt.