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Weber, J. Mathias Associate Professor

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  • Much of the behavior of important molecular species is only known in a condensed phase environment (mostly solutions), where interaction with the solvent changes some of the properties of the solute. In order to unravel the effects of solvent-solute interactions, we want to understand the intrinsic properties of the solute and study them as isolated entities in vacuo. This is one of our main areas of interest. In a second research focus area, we are investigating the response of nanstructured materials at high pressures. While there is a huge body of work on the synthesis of nanomaterials, many of their molecular-level properties are largely unexplored, and high pressure experiments offer access to tackle fundamental questions regarding their mechanical and electronic properties.

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Teaching

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  • CHEM 4581 - Physical Chemistry Lab 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    One 3-hour lab per week. Instruction in experimental techniques of modern physical chemistry. Experiments illustrate the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Illustrates the material discussed in CHEM 4511.
  • CHEM 4591 - Physical Chemistry Lab 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    One lect. and one 3-hour laboratory every two weeks. a continuation of CHEM 4581, but may be taken concurrently with CHEM 4531. Experiments illustrate the principles of quantum chemistry and spectroscopy discussed in CHEM 4531.
  • CHEM 5591 - Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Lect. Rotational, vibrational and electronic spectra of molecules, and their interpretation in terms of the quantum theory of molecular structure. Department enforced prerequisites: two semesters of physical chemistry and graduate standing or instructor consent.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.

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