Physical & Computational Research
Physical chemists are focused on understanding the physical properties of atoms and molecules, the way chemical reactions work, and what these properties reveal. Their work involves analyzing materials, developing methods to test and characterize the properties of materials, developing theories about these properties, and discovering the potential use of the materials.
Using sophisticated instrumentation and equipment has always been an important aspect of physical chemistry. Most physical chemistry labs are full of analytical instruments, which can include lasers, mass spectrometers, nuclear magnetic resonance, and electron microscopes. Using these tools, physical chemists predict properties and reactions of chemicals, then test and refine those predications.
They use mathematical analysis and statistics on huge datasets, sometimes with millions of data points, to reveal hidden information about compounds, materials, and processes. They may also conduct simulations, developing mathematical equations that predict how compounds will react over time.
Dr. Shahab Derakhshan
Inorganic synthesis and Structure
Dr. Stephen Mezyk
Physical, Environmental, and Biophysical Chemistry
Dr. Kensaku Nakayama
Professor Emeritus (1987)
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Dr. Eric Sorin
Associate Professor (2007)
Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics
Dr. Enrico Tapavicza
Associate Professor (2013)
Computational Chemistry and Materials Science