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Prior to taking my position at Siena, I held two postdoctoral research assistantships.  The first was with Prof. Hase at Texas Tech University where I studied gas phase collisions between ions and surfaces.  The second was with Prof. Kellman at the University of Oregon where I studied spectroscopic Hamiltonians fit to regions well above isomerization barriers.  

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Theoretical Chemistry University of Wisconsin
B.S. Chemistry University of Nevada, Reno

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

 I encourage students to become active participants in the teaching process.  I love when students ask questions in lecture and studio.  Some of the most interesting and informative discussions start from simple questions.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

Chemistry 310: Thermodynamics
Chemistry 320: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
Chemistry 110/120: General Chemistry I and II

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2019 - Now Professor Siena College
2015 - 2019 Associate Professor Siena College
2012 - 2015 Assistant Professor Siena College
2009 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Assistant University of Oregon
2008 - 2009 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Texas Tech University

Current Research

I am very interested in chemical dynamics.  Specifically, I try to decipher the mechanism for high-energy reactions that take place between protonated peptide and organic self-assembled monolayer surfaces.  My research group and I perform atomistic simulations that have highlighted the importance of proton mobility in both interfacial reactivity and statistical fragmentation events.  For more information, visit my research webpage.


Articles & Book Reviews

  • Energy and Temperature Dependent Dissoci- ation of the Na+(benzene)1,2 clusters: Importance of Anharmonicity
    Journal of Chemical Physics
    2015
  • The Effect of Protonaton Site and Conformation on Surface-Induced Dissociation in a Small, Lysine Containing Peptide
    Chemical Physics Letters
    2015
  • The Role of Proton Transfer in Surface-induced Dissociation
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C
    2014
  • The VENUS/NWChem software package. Tight coupling between chemical dynamics simulations and electronic structure theory
    Computer Physics Communications, vol. 185
    2014
  • Complex Formation during SID and Its Effect on Proton Mobility
    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 4
    2013
  • Surface Deposition Resulting from Collisions between Diglycine and Chemically Modified Alkylthiolate Self-Assembled Monolayer Surfaces
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 117
    2013
  • Time Dependent Dynamics of a Coupled Quantum Oscillator System in a Small Thermal Environment
    Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 139
    2013
  • Visualizing the Zero Order Basis of the Spectroscopic Hamiltonian
    Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 136
    2012
  • Detailed Analysis of Polyad-Breaking Spectroscopic Hamiltonians for Multiple Minima with Above Barrier Motion: Isomerization in HO2
    Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 134
    2011
  • Effective Hamiltonian for Femtosecond Vibrational Dynamics
    Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 135
    2011
  • Fragmentation and Reactivity in Collisions of Protonated Diglycine with Chemically Modified Perfluorinated Alkylthiolate-Self-Assembled Monolayer Surfaces
    Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 134
    2011
  • Efficient Resource Matching in Heterogeneous Grid Using Resource Vector
    International Journal of Computer Science and Information Technology
    2010
  • Model Non-equilbrium Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Heat Transfer from a Hot Gold Surface to an Alkylthiol Self-Assembled Monolayer
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 12
    2010
  • Energy Transfer, Unfolding, and Fragmentation Dynamics in Collisions of N-Protonated Octaglycine with a H-SAM
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 131
    2009
  • NH4+ + CH4 gas phase collisions as a possible analogue to protonated peptide/surface induced dissociation
    Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 113
    2009
  • Transition State Analysis: Bent out of shape
    Nature Chemistry, vol. 1
    2009
  • An equilibrium focused approach to calculating the Raman spectrum of the symmetric OH stretch in formic acid dimer
    Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, vol. 249
    2008
  • Elucidating energy disposal pathways following excitation of the symmetric OH stretching band in formic acid dimer
    Chemical Physics Letters, vol. 460
    2008
  • Symmetric double proton tunneling in formic acid dimer: A diabatic basis approach
    Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 112
    2008
  • The effects of asymmetric motions on the tunneling splittings in formic acid dimer
    Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 129
    2008
  • The effects of asymmetric motions on the tunneling splittings in formic acid dimer
    Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 129
    2008
  • Ion imaging studies of product rotational alignment in collisions of NO (X2Π1/2, j=0.5) with Ar
    Chemical Physics, vol. 301
    2004
  • Recombination and Reaction Dynamics Following Photodissociation of CH3OCl in Solution
    Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 108
    2004
  • Direct measurement of the preferred sense of NO rotation after collision with argon
    Science, vol. 293
    2001

Presentations

  • Post-Collision Dynamics of Hyperthermal Peptide + Surface Collision Systems
    2015
    Mesilla Chemistry Workshop on Isolated Biomolecules and Biomolecular Interactions, Mesilla, New Mexico
  • An Examination of SID for Different Protonation States and Conformations of GGKG-H+
    2014
    13th Annual MERCURY Conference on Undergraduate Computational Chemistry, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • An Examination of SID for Different Protonation States and Conformations of GGKG-H+
    2014
    Siena College Summer Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
  • Fragmentation and Ring-Opening during Collisions between Cyclic GGKG-H+ and a Perfluo- rinated Self-Assembled Monolayer
    2014
    13th Annual MERCURY Conference on Undergraduate Computational Chemistry, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Fragmentation and Ring-Opening during Collisions between Cyclic GGKG-H+ and a Perfluo- rinated Self-Assembled Monolayer
    2014
    Siena College Summer Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
  • Post-Collision Dynamics and Reactivity of Hyperthermal Peptide + Surface Collision Systems
    2014
    Union College Chemistry Department Seminar, Schenectady, New York
  • The Role of Proton Mobility in Peptide Fragmentation Dynamics and Complex Formation
    2014
    Eastern NY ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Development of a Potential Energy Surface Suitable for Direct Dynamics Simulations of the Collisions between Benzene Radical Cation and a Self-Assembled Monolayer Surface
    2013
    Siena College Academic Celebration, Loudonville, New York
  • Effects of Proton Transfer on Fragmentation Dynamics in Collisions of N-Protonated Octaglycine with an F-SAM Surface
    2013
    Siena College Academic Celebration, Loudonville, New York
  • Surface Deposition Resulting from Collisions Between Diglycine and Chemically Modified Alkylthiolate Self-Assembled Monolayer Surfaces
    2013
    5th Annual Eastern New York ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
  • The Role of Proton Mobility in Peptide Fragmentation Dynamics and Complex Formation
    2013
    12th MERCURY Conference on Computational Chemistry, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Fragmentation and Reactivity in Collisions of Protonated Diglycine with Chemically Modified F-SAM Surfaces
    2011
    Gaseous Ions Gordon Research Conference, Galveston, Texas
  • Equilibrium Focused Approaches to Calculating Tunneling Splittings in Formic Acid Dimer
    2008
    55th Annual Western Spectroscopy Conference, Pacific Grove, California
  • Semi classical modeling of preferred senses of product rotation resulting from rotationally inelastic atom-diatom scattering: Rotational vs. Translational phase interference effects
    2003
    50th Annual Western Spectroscopy Conference, Pacific Grove, California
  • Monte Carlo classical trajectory modeling of angular momentum alignment and orientation in rotationally inelastic atom-diatom collisions: attractive and repulsive effects in NE and Ar-NO
    2002
    49th Annual Western Spectroscopy Conference, Pacific Grove, California
  • Classical modeling of rotationally inelastic scattering involving both single and multiple encounter collisions
    2001
    48th Annual Western Spectroscopy Conference, Pacific Grove, California