The inaugural BYU Chemistry Camp was a fun-filled three-day event for campers ages 9-12 who participated in hands-on, inquiry-based chemistry experiments. Campers came from all local Provo schools (Franklin, Provo Peaks, Timpanogos, and Wasatch) and from as far away as Alaska and Tennessee.The idea for the camp was sparked by Dr. Ess who was looking for a science camp for ...
BYU professor emeritus Douglas Henderson has been chosen by the editors of the APS Physical Review Journals as a 2016 Outstanding Referee. Congratulations!
Of around 140 physical chemistry students in a poster session at the ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting in Denver last week, only a handful were chosen to receive awards for their research. One of these few was BYU’s own Conner Harper, who graduated with his BS in chemistry this last December.
Jacob Schliesser, a graduate student from Vernal Utah, recently had an article published in Physical Review B.
Someone once said that physical chemistry is the study of anything that’s interesting. The members of the physical chemistry area use a wide variety of experimental techniques and theoretical studies to understand the fundamental structure and properties of matter. The problems we investigate range from vibrational dynamics in solids at very low temperatures to chemical dynamics in gases at high temperatures.
The development of short-pulsed lasers has allowed for direct probing of chemical reactions in real time. Typically, one laser pulse is used to initiate a chemical reaction, and a second pulse is used to probe the intermediates or products some time later. Chemical reactions in condensed phases are especially well suited to these techniques, since the steps in the reactions ...
In the Johnson Spectroscopy Laboratory we 1) Create new ultrafast spectroscopy tools to enable the study and control of material properties 2) Use those tools to investigate properties of new and interesting materials
Many phenomena occur primarily or exclusively at interfaces. These include adhesion, friction, lubrication, chromatographic separations, catalysis and many biological processes. The goal of our research is to establish links between molecular structure and function in interfacial systems. To accomplish this, we use a non-linear spectroscopy technique known as vibrationally resonant sum-frequency generation (VR-SFG). This technique allows us to probe molecules ...
We study the dynamics of chemical reactions. In particular, we are interested in studying events involving highly excited molecules with a chemically significant amount of energy. Highly excited molecules are of great importance, due to their reactivity; however, they are often extremely difficult to study as a result of their complexity. Reactants are produced using laser pumping techniques after which ...
Woodfield Lab Group Research Interests The study of superconducting, magnetic, nanocrystalline, or other technologically important materials using specific-heat measurements from as low as 0.5 K to 400 K. Current research projects are funded by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and various private companies. The current research focus also includes the synthesis and characterization of a wide variety of ...