B.A. cum laude in Chemistry with Departmental Distinction, St. Olaf College, May 1983. Undergraduate research project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, "High Temperature Synthesis and Laser Raman Characterization of Mixed Sodium-Lanthanide Phosphates." Research supervisor, Dr. Carlos E. Bamberger.
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Arizona, December 1987. Specialization in Physical Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy. Research supervisor, Professor Peter F. Bernath. Thesis title, "Laser and Fourier Transform Spectroscopy of Gas Phase Molecules."
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1/88 - 10/88: under Professor Peter F. Bernath, Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona.
Post-Doctoral Staff Fellow, 6/89 - 8/90: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Division of Drug Analysis.
Initial Academic Appointment: Spring 1990 Department of Chemistry, SIUE.
Recent research activities have focused on the high-resolution spectroscopy of small gas phase molecules, with particular emphasis on metal-containing radicals, such as AuO, PtF, NiH. Our experiments are based on intracavity laser absorption spectroscopy, performed in collaboration with Prof. James J. O’Brien at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. We have special interest in recording rotationally-resolved molecular electronic transitions, which can provide many fundamental molecular constants for diatomic metal-hydride, metal-oxide and metal-nitride molecules. The significance of the research is based on the interpretation of the obtained molecular constants, especially as they relate to chemical bonding and molecular reactivities.
My teaching assignments usually include Physical Chemistry (Chem 361a/b), Physical Chemistry Laboratory (Chem 365a/b), and Advanced Physical Chemistry (Chem 561). Course materials can generally be found on SIUE’s Blackboard webpages.