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Learn from and collaborate with award-wining faculty who are experts in their field and care about your success. All department of chemistry faculty have doctoral degrees and many years of experience. All courses are led by a faculty member, not a T.A., and the size of the campus promotes individualized attention for research and other projects. Unlike the large institutions, Blugold faculty are readily accessible outside of class — you will develop strong relationships with these experts, and that makes all the difference.
Our faculty and staff put your education first and can’t wait to guide you through the fascinating field of chemistry.
Anna Waller | chemistry liberal arts '16The chemistry faculty is dedicated to providing quality education in and out of the classroom. The department's small size allowed me to make connections with all of my professors. These relationships were very valuable in my personal and professional development, and particularly helpful when applying for internships, graduate school, and fellowships. My successes as a student were due to the time and effort put in by passionate professors.
It’s our people who make this place special, and chemistry faculty members stand out as experts on campus, in the UW-System, and nationally. Whether they are being recognized for research, innovative teaching, or mentoring students, the chemistry folks continually shine as leaders in higher education — they have much to be proud of!
One of my main interests is to foster active learning through discovery-guided projects. In the past few semesters, classroom research projects have been designed and introduced in biophysical and physical chemistry courses, mostly with senior students. These projects are computational and are being carried out using either a remote server or the in-house Blugold Super-Computing Cluster.
We use theory, concepts of physical chemistry, and advanced computer simulation methods to explore these questions. In addition, we also collaborate with experimentalists to validate the theoretical findings.
Recent publications include:
Dr. Jim is originally from the Twin Cities. When not teaching or otherwise being a chemist, he spends his time outdoors as much as possible (walking his dogs, working in the yard, fishing, hiking, paddling, etc.) or playing music.
“Structural and Energetic Properties of Haloacetonitrile – GeF4 Complexes”; A.W. Waller,* N.M. Weiss,* D.A. Decato, and J.A. Phillips, J Mol. Struct. 2017, 1130, 984.
“Infrared Spectrum of CH3CN–HCl in Solid Neon, and Modeling Matrix Effects in CH3CN–HCl and H3N–HCl”; N.M. Weiss,* A.W. Waller,* and J.A. Phillips, J Mol. Struct. 2016, 1105, 341-349.
“Quantum chemical and matrix-IR characterization of CH3CN–BCl3: A complex with two distinct minima along the B–N bond potential”; J.P. Wrass,* D. Sadowsky, K.M. Bloomgren,* C.J. Cramer, J.A. Phillips, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 16480.
“Structural and Energetic Properties of Acetonitrile – Group IV (A & B) Halide Complexes”; H.M. Helminiak,* R.R. Knauf,* S.J. Danforth,* J.A. Phillips, J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118, 4266.
“Condensed-Phase Effects on the Structural Properties of FCH2CN–BF3 and ClCH2CN–BF3: A Matrix-Isolation and Computational Study”; A.R. Buchberger,* S.J. Danforth ,* K.M. Bloomgren,* J.A. Rohde,* E.L. Smith,* C.C.A. Gardener,* J.A. Phillips, J. Phys. Chem. B 2013, 117, 11687.
“Structural and Energetic Properties of Alkylfluoride – BF3 complexes in the Gas Phase and Condensed-Phase Media: Computations and Matrix Infrared Spectroscopy”; R.R. Knauf,* H.M. Helminiak,* J.P. Wrass,* T.M. Gallert,* J.A. Phillips, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2012, 25, 493.
“Structure, Bonding, and Energetic Properties of Nitrile - Borane Complexes: RCN–BH3”; E.L. Smith,* D. Sadowsky, C. J. Cramer, J.A. Phillips, J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115, 1955.
21. “A Short – Yet Very Weak Dative Bond: Structure, Bonding, and Energetic Properties of N2–BH3”; E.L. Smith,* D. Sadowski, J.A. Phillips, C.J. Cramer, D.J. Giesen, J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 2628.
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