Physical Chemistry

Goal:   To develop a fundamental understanding at the molecular and atomic level of various chemical phenomena and the behavior of materials.

Areas of research:  Theoretical and Computational chemistry, Materials Analysis, Chemical Kinetics, Catalysis, Spectroscopy and Dynamics.Physical chemistry applies physics and mathematics to understand chemical processes and properties. The IC researchers study a wide range of problems in theoretical, experimental and materials chemistry.  They work closely with scientists from other disciplines to address issues such as environmental pollution, alternative energy sources and greener processes.  For experimental research, the IC faculty are studying nanomaterials and chemical processes occurring on the surface or interfaces of materials.  Future plans include development of high-resolution laser and optical based probes to study various surface chemical phenomena.Theoretical research studies include structure and dynamics of hydration of gases,relationships between electronic structure and chemical behavior, and biophysical phenomena.