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Physical Chemistry

Research areas

  • Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Physics
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Biophysical


  • Chemical Dynamics
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Classical Thermodynamics
  • Computational Chemistry Laboratory
  • Condensed Phase Spectroscopy
  • Gas-Phase Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I & II
  • Introduction to Spectroscopy I. II, & III
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Statistical Thermodynamics


Scott L. Anderson

Nanoscale surface chemistry, catalysis, nanoparticle mass spectrometry, high energy density nanoparticle fuels, development of new techniques for nanoscale surface analysis.

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Peter B. Armentrout

Mass spectrometry to study thermochemistry and dynamics of biological, environmental, organometallic and plasma reactions.

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Bethany Buck-Koehntop

Investigations of structure-function relationships in biomolecular interactions utilizing a combination of solution NMR spectroscopy, biophysics and molecular biology.

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Michael Grünwald

Computer simulation and theory of the dynamics and interactions of nanoparticles: Self-assembly, structural transformations of nanocrystals, nanocrystal growth, rare events sampling methods.

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Matthew T. Kieber-Emmons

Bioinorganic reaction mechanisms and bioinspired catalysts with application to health and energy.

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Joel S. Miller

Preparing and studying new magnetic materials based on molecular inorganic, organometallic, and organic chemistry.

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Valeria Molinero

Computer simulations and statistical mechanics methods to investigate disordered materials, from monatomic liquids to nanostructured polyelectrolyte membranes.

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Michael D. Morse

Gas phase laser spectroscopy to study the electronic and geometric structure of metal and semiconductor clusters, and metal-ligand complexes.

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Rodrigo Noriega

Investigating the connection between structure and function in complex macromolecular materials, with interests both in artificial macromolecules (synthetic polymers) and in biological ones (proteins, DNA).

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Marc D. Porter

High-throughput methods, miniaturizing analytical instrumentation, FTIR, STM, AFM, SERS, electrochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, acoustic wave techniques, and spectroelectrochemistry.

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Jennifer S. Shumaker-Parry

Nanoparticle synthesis and assembly, plasmonics, interfacial chemical analysis, fabricated nanostructures, surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy and microscopy, plasmon-based optical antennas, surface enhanced spectroscopy.

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Ryan P. Steele

Quantum theoretical methods for structure and dynamics; studies of renewable energy catalysts, biological ions, ion solvation, and their spectroscopic signatures.


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Thanh N. Truong

Development and application of computational methods for complex gas-phase combustion systems, structure and activity of metal oxides-gas and -liquid interfaces, and zeolite catalysis.

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Luisa Whittaker-Brooks

Solid-state synthesis of inorganic/organic nanostructures, morphological and structural characterization by Synchrotron and in-house spectroscopy techniques, nanofabrication processes for energy conversion, batteries, and electronics.

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Last Updated: 11/30/18