Theoretical Chemistry Faculty


Core Faculty

» These faculty have primary appointments in the chemistry department.

Ignacio Franco

Assistant Professor


Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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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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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.

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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