Physical Chemistry Faculty


Core Faculty

» These faculty have primary appointments in the chemistry department.

James M. Farrar

Professor of Chemistry


Dynamical studies of low energy ion-molecule reactions in the gas phase; imaging studies of collisions; photochemistry of size-selected ionic clusters.

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Ignacio Franco

Assistant Professor


Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Todd D. Krauss

Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Professor of Optics


Physical amd Biophysical Chemistry: Nanoscale Materials and Devices

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Thomas R. Krugh

Professor of Chemistry


Biophysical Chemistry; structural analysis of biomolecules, energy minimization and molecular dynamics calculations

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David W. McCamant

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy of structural dynamics in photochemistry; vibrational coupling and relaxation; structural rearrangements and relaxation mechanisms in photoexcited nucleic acids

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Michael L. Neidig

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Physical-Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Oleg V. Prezhdo

Professor of Chemistry, Physics


Theory and modeling of quantum-classical dynamics of condensed phase chemical, physical and biological systems

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Lewis Rothberg

Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering


Physical Chemistry: Organic Device Science

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Wolf-Udo Schroeder

Professor of Chemistry and Physics


Dynamics of Complex Nuclear Reactions at intermediate and high energies

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Ching W. Tang

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry


Applications of Organic Electronic Devices

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Douglas H. Turner

Professor of Chemistry


Biophysical Chemistry: nucleic acid structure and function, RNA folding, therapeutics, and prediction of structure from equence

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Biological Chemistry Cluster Faculty

» Faculty in the Clusters have primary appointments in other departments but can mentor chemistry graduate students.

Alan Grossfield

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation

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David H. Mathews

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Predicting RNA Secondary Structure

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Research Professors

» Research professors do not accept graduate students, but have active research programs within the department.

Esther M. Conwell

Research Professor


Transport along the base stack in DNA; proton transfer in DNA; electrical and optical properties of organic semiconductors, particularly conjugated polymers.

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Brendan Mort

Director of the Center for Integrated Research and Computing and Research Assistant Professor


High performance computing, application of computing technology to chemistry and biology, computational chemistry algorithm development, molecular dynamics simulations, electronic structure theory.

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Emeritus Faculty

» Emeritus faculty no longer teach courses or graduate students, but many are still active contributors to the intellectual life of the department, serving as co-advisors, mentors, and running research programs.

Robert W. Kreilick

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Magnetic and Electrical Properties of Solids: Rapid Motion in Solids, Structure of Solids, Energy Transfer in Solids

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John S. Muenter

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Spectroscopic Studies of Molecular Properties and Dynamics

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William H. Saunders, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Physical organic chemistry: mechanisms of elimination reactions; isotope effects and isotopic tracers in the study of organic reaction mechanisms; proton transfers; ab initio and vbscf calculations

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