This page contains information about my teaching and research at Augustana College. I typically teach two courses in physical chemistry in the upper division and general chemistry in the lower division. I also teach advanced physical chemistry and Beyond general chemistry in the J-term. These courses come with lab components including experimental and computational types. To learn more about my teaching please click here.
My research interests are in the area of theoretical chemistry. The focus is twofold: (1) develop new theoretical methods and implement them in efficient computer programs, and (2) apply these and other methods to solve interesting chemical problems. Although the problems are rooted in chemistry, it represents the vibrant interfaces between chemistry, physics, material science and biology, and encompasses application of mathematics and computational techniques. If you wish to understand how things work at the atomic level, where one must deal with quantum-mechanical reality of nature, I ask you to click here to learn some of the research topics that we are currently working on.
I typically mentor 2-4 students each year in a variety of research projects. If you are a AUGIE student and interested in research, please stop by my office. I will be happy to discuss with you different research projects and opportunities to get involved. Students can typically work during the academic year as part of an independent study or apply for a research stipend during the summer.
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