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B.S. 2000, UW-Madison (Chemistry)
M.S. 2004, UW-Madison (Educational Psychology)
M.S. 2009, UW-Madison (Chemistry)
Ph.D. 2012, UW-Madison (Chemistry)
I am interested in the precise structure determination and millimeter-wave spectroscopy of small oxygen- and nitrogen-containing organic molecules of potential astrochemical relevance. In parntership with Robert J. McMahon and R. Claude Woods, recent work includes the precise structure determination of hyrazoic acid (HN3), pyrimidine (meta-C4H4N2), and pyridazine (ortho-C4H4N2) by combined millimeter-wave and coupled-cluster computational investigation. Additional spectroscopic investigations of carbonyl diazide (OC(N3)2), formyl azide (HCON3), and diketene (C4H4O2) in the ground and excited states have been published.
I am interested in the incorporation of computational tools to support student learning in lecture and laboratory courses. With Nicholas J. Hill, I have integrated computational chemistry into the undergraduate organic laboratory curriculum using WebMO. The use of computational tools, in partnership with more traditional spectroscopic techniques, allows students a deeper understanding of their experimental results. I'm further interested in exploring how a focus on molecular and atomic orbitals using WebMO can enhance student learning in my lecture courses.
Awards and Honors
|Harvey Spangler Award for Technology Enhanced Instruction, College of Engineering||2017|
|Early Career Award, College of Letters & Science||2017|
|Taylor Teaching Award, Department of Chemistry||2017|
|Rotational Spectra of Three Cyanobutadiene Isomers (C5H5N) of Relevance to Astrochemistry and Other Harsh Reaction Environments. 2021;143:9551-9564..|
|An Improved Mechanistic Interpretation of the Acid-Catalyzed Dehydration of Methylcyclohexanols. Journal of Chemical Education. 2021;98:3218-3225..|
|Millimeter-wave and infrared spectroscopy of thiazole (c-C3H3NS) in its ground state and lowest-energy vibrationally excited states (v(18), v(17), and v13). Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy. 2021;379..|
|Semi-Experimental Equilibrium (r(e)(SE)) and Theoretical Structures of Pyridazine (o-C4H4N2). Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2021;125:7976-7987..|
|Synthesis, Purification, and Rotational Spectroscopy of (Cyanomethylene)Cyclopropane-An Isomer of Pyridine. Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2021;125:5601-5614..|