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Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry
White-light continuum generation in liquid water 
using femtosecond near-infrared laser pulses. 
(Korter lab)

Physical Chemistry is the part of chemistry that is specifically focused on the quantitative relationships between measurements of static and dynamic physical and chemical properties of matter and the theories explaining the microscopic nature of matter. Physical chemistry provides the concepts and principles that are used to construct the foundation of all aspects of chemistry and related fields.

The traditional research areas that form the field of physical chemistry are chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and quantum chemistry. The research interests of our faculty include these traditional areas, but are also strongly interdisciplinary through their connections to other areas of chemistry (inorganic, organic, and biochemistry) as well as physics and biology.

There is a wide array of physical chemistry research opportunities in our department. The research being performed here is at the leading edge of science. Some examples include applying femtosecond spectroscopy to determine structure and dynamics in hydrogen-bonded clusters, non-invasive in vivo monitoring of glucose in human blood, and the application of high-level quantum mechanical modeling to complex molecular systems. 

Physical Chemistry Faculty

• Mark Braiman • Bruce Hudson
• Joseph Chaiken • Tara Kahan
• Arindam Chakraborty • Timothy Korter
• John Franck • Jerry Goodisman (emeritus)

Physical Chemistry Faculty listed by Research Areas

Analytical Biophysical Chemical Physics
• Philip N. Borer • Philip N. Borer • Joseph Chaiken
• Mark Braiman  Joseph Chaiken • Arindam Chakraborty
• Joseph Chaiken • Arindam Chakraborty • John Franck
• Tara Kahan • Bruce Hudson
• Timothy Korter • Jerry Goodisman (emeritus) • Timothy Korter

• Bruce Hudson

Computational Materials Science
• Mark Braiman • Joseph Chaiken
• Arindam Chakraborty • Arindam Chakraborty
• Timothy Korter • John Franck
• Bruce Hudson • Bruce Hudson
• Timothy Korter
• Weiwei Zheng
  Rachel Steinhardt

Graduate Course Offerings in Physical Chemistry

CHE 546 - Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure CHE 655 - Quantum Chemistry and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
CHE 634 - Advanced Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Techniques CHE 656 - Chemical Thermodynamics
CHE 636 - Advanced Physical Chemistry CHE 666 - Statistical Mechanics
CHE 645 - Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry CHE 674 - Structural and Physical Biochemistry