About WMI

Wasatch Molecular Incorporated is named for the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains, which border Salt Lake City.

Our history

WMI was founded in 2005 as a materials modeling company. We now provide high-quality force fields and molecular/materials modeling software in additional to consulting services. In 2012 we began a relationship with SCM that will result in a new generation powerful and versatile modeling tools for the molecular and materials modeling communities.

Our people

Professor Dmitry Bedrov
(801) 673-7452

Dr. Bedrov received his Ph. D. from the department of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah in 1999. He has been involved in research covering a multitude of soft condensed matter materials and the development and application of multiscale modeling techniques.  Dr. Bedrov has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals with recent works studying electrolytes for Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors, self-assembly of nanoparticles in solutions and polymer melts, interaction between polymer brushes, structure and dynamics in micellar gels, and molecular scale structure-property relationships of energetic materials under extreme conditions.  Dr. Bedrov has been a Research  Professor at the University of Utah since 2000 where he has managed the resources and personnel on several large projects.


Dr. Grant Smith
Director of Develpment and Sales
(801) 746-9258

Dr. Smith has nearly thirty years experience in molecular and materials modeling and software development experience, as well as over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous book chapters, and a book of relaxation phenomena in polymers.


Dr. Justin Hooper
Senior Scientist and System Administrator
(801) 746-9258

Justin has spent the last 15 years working in the field of theoretical and computational materials science.  His expertise includes development and simulation efforts in polymers, polymer/nanoparticle mixtures, liquid crystalline systems, as well as physical and chemical modeling of systems relevant to energetic applications.

Dr. Scott Bardenhagen
Chief Scientist
(505) 795-9472

Prior to joining WMI in 2008, Dr. Bardenhagen worked for 15 years as a Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in both Theoretical and Engineering Applications divisions. He also held a Research Faculty position with the Mechanical Engineering Dept. at the University of Utah (2 years) and a Guest Scientist appointment at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB (2 months), both while on leave from LANL.  Dr. Bardenhagen's background is in solid mechanics, homogenization and particle numerical techniques.  His work has focused on modeling mesostructured materials via both averaging theories and direct numerical simulation.  He has developed strain gradient theories to predict mesostructural influence on material stability, and used numerical simulation to study the mesoscale behavior of Plastic Bonded Explosives (PBXs), granular material, layered materials, biological membranes and foams.  He has studied polymeric material behavior including aging and developed viscoelastic constitutive models.  He has modeled the failure of geomaterials and fracture of nuclear fuel claddings.  He derived a more general framework for a particular particle method (the Material Point Method (MPM)) which allows identification with a class of numerical techniques (the "meshless methods") and improves accuracy in modeling large deformations.  He has worked on material contact, fracture and erosion algorithms.  Dr. Bardenhagen has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles on these topics.


Ms. Sehee Jeong
Business Manager
(801) 712-7708

Our resources

In addition to our people, WMI has considerable computational and software resources. Our computational resources consist of a 48 processor server (2.2 GHz, 142 GB RAM), a 12 processor Xeon server and a 30-node 120 processor MPI cluster. Software resources include APPLE&P(&tm), WMI-MD(r), the entire ADF(r) computational package, gGraph, Uintah/MPM, and various force field and analysis packages.