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Weber, Mathias



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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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  • CHEM 1134 - Laboratory in General Chemistry 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Intended for second-semester students whose academic plans require advanced work in chemistry. Instruction in experimental techniques which coordinate with lecture topics in CHEM 1133. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 1133. Degree credit not granted for this course and CHEM 2101.
  • CHEM 4511 - Physical Chemistry 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Includes study of laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, entropy, free energy, chemical potential, chemical equilibriums, and the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Department enforced prereq or coreq., PHYS 1120 (minimum grade C-). Degree credit not granted for this course and BCHM 4400 and BCHM 5400.
  • CHEM 4581 - Physical Chemistry Lab 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    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 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    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 5541 - Chemical Dynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Lect. Discussion of mechanism and rate of chemical reactions from a fundamental point of view. Discusses nature of collision and develops concepts of cross section and rate constant. Theories of elementary bimolecular and decay processes are critically examined. Department enforced prerequisite: undergraduate physical chemistry.
  • CHEM 5591 - Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    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 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEM 7551 - Selected Topics in Ion Spectroscopy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Treats current topics in the spectrocscopy of ions. Seminar lectures are given by graduate students on their research and on literature topics, and the results of both in-house and external research groups are studied. Additionally, ideas for interesting directions of research and new experiments are proposed and discussed. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.


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