Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Chemistry
Office location and address
Room 127, Chemistry Building
409 McCormick RdCharlottesville, Virginia 22903
Towards Dynamic Control over Gas-Surface Reactivity: Light Alkane and Carbon Dioxide Activation at Catalytic Metal Surfaces
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
June 01, 2017 – May 31, 2021
Observing Carbon-Hydrogen Bond Activation in Chemisorbed Species Using a New Highly Sensitive Optical Method
Source: U.S. Department Of Energy - Chicago
September 15, 2009 – December 14, 2016
AS-CHEM Controlling the Efficiency of Semiconductor-Ti02 for Sunlight-driven Technologies for Military Needs
Source: U.S. DOD - Army - Aro
May 01, 2013 – April 30, 2016
Alkane Activation at Catalytic Metal Surfaces: A Coupled Experimental and Theoretical Study of Reaction Dynamics and Energy Transfer at the Gas-Surface Interface
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
September 15, 2011 – February 29, 2016
Introduces physical chemistry with numerous biological applications: chemical kinetics; introductory quantum theory; chemical bonding; spectroscopy and molecular structure; biochemical transport; and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 1420 or 1810; MATH 1220 or 1320; and PHYS 2020, 2620, or 2415. CHEM 3811 (if required for degree program) may be taken concurrently or after CHEM 3410. Discussion is optional.
Introduces physical chemistry with numerous biological applications: properties of gases, liquids, and solids; thermodynamics; chemical and biochemical equilibrium; solutions; electrochemistry; and structure and stability of biological macromolecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 3410. CHEM 3821 (if required for degree program) may be taken concurrently or after CHEM 3420. Discussion is optional.
Introduces physical chemistry with numerous biological applications: chemical kinetics; introductory quantum theory; chemical bonding; spectroscopy and molecular structure; biochemical transport; and statistical mechanics.
For students interested in the properties & phenomena of atomic, molecular, & nanoscale matter. The foundational ideas of quantum mechanics are introduced & tools for exact & approximate solutions of the Schrodinger Equation are developed. Model systems, such as particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom, hydrogen ion & molecule, crystalline solids, as well as time-dependent phenomena, such as spectroscopy, tunneling, and scattering.
Introduces the practice and theory of modern chemical kinetics, emphasizing reactions occurring in gases, liquids, and on catalytic surfaces. Develops basic principles of chemical kinetics and describes current experimental and analytic techniques. Discusses the microscopic reaction dynamics underlying the macroscopic kinetics in terms of reactive potential energy surfaces. Develops statistical theories of reactions that simplify the description of the overall reaction dynamics. Includes the transition state theory, Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) theory for unimolecular reactions, Kramers' theory, Marcus electron transfer theory, and information theory. Presents current topics from the literature and illustrates applications of basic principles through problem-solving exercises. Prerequisite: Undergraduate physical chemistry or instructor permission.
Introduces students to a range of professional development tools & information that may be helpful over their careers. Safety in the laboratory, ethics in science & teaching, career planning, job opportunities/trajectories in academe, industry, & national laboratories, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, interactions with federal funding agencies, curriculum vitae/resume writing, & effective written & oral communication skills are covered.
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
For students pursuing a masters degree and conducting research.
Research in Physical Chemistry of Surfaces
Formal record of commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation advisor has been selected.