Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Physical chemists study matter, which of course includes nearly everything upon the Earth. Physical chemists theorize and experiment in an effort to understand the fundamental structures and properties of different states of matter, particularly including the vibrational dynamics of solids, the chemical dynamics of gases, and everything in between.

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Matthew C. Asplund

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Using short-pulsed lasers, Dr. Asplund and his lab group directly probe chemical reactions in real time. Typically, one laser pulse initiates a reaction, and a second pulse probes the intermediates or products some time later. The Asplund Lab places particular importance on infrared spectroscopy in probing chemical species, since infrared spectroscopy affords easier, more efficient correlation with molecular structure than ...

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Scott R. Burt

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The NMR facility supports both research and teaching in the department. The Facility currently possesses three high-field superconducting NMR instruments: a Varian INOVA 300 MHz, a Varian NMR-System 500 MHz, and a Bruker Avance-Neo 500 MHz system.  Other: Dr. Burt teaches BYU course Iceland 429/Scandinavian 429, Old Norse Language and Literature, for the BYU Department of Scandinavian Studies. As a part of teaching ...

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David V. Dearden

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The Dearden Group’s research centers on the development and use of state-of-the-art, extremely sensitive chemical analysis tools. The Group primarily works with a Fourier transform mass spectrometer (FTMS), which weighs molecules with accuracies of about one part per million and can distinguish between molecules with similar weights better than any other available technique. With the FTMS's kind of accuracy, merely ...

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Daniel H. Ess

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Click here to access the Ess Lab research website.      

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Steven R. Goates

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Studies at the Goates Lab involve the application of spectroscopy and lasers to both analytical and physical chemistry problems. Professor Goates and his students focus on problems ranging from the detailed analysis of complex substances to studies of the behavior of supercritical fluids to molecular structures at surfaces and interfaces. Much of Goates Lab's work involves collaboration with other research ...

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James K. Harper

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The primary research goal in the Harper Lab is the NMR characterization of structure in solids that are difficult or impossible to examine by more conventional techniques. The relevance of our methods is, perhaps, best demonstrated by the Harper Lab's recent characterization of the complete crystal structure of (+)-catechin, a ubiquitous and extensively studied antioxidant that had defied characterization for nearly ...

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Jeremy A. Johnson

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The Johnson Spectroscopy Laboratory uses ultrafast spectroscopy with expertise in high-field Terahertz (THz) generation to study characterize and control material properties on trillionth-of-a-second time scales. 

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James E. Patterson

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The Patterson Research Lab focuses on establishing links between molecular structure and function in interfacial systems. Many phenomena occur primarily or exclusively at interfaces. These include adhesion, friction, lubrication, chromatographic separations, catalysis and many biological processes. To trace connections between the above and molecular structure, Patterson reseachers use a non-linear spectroscopy technique known as vibrationally resonant sum-frequency generation (VR-SFG). This technique allows ...

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Eric T. Sevy

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Students of the Sevy Lab study the dynamics of chemical reactions. In particular, Sevy Lab is 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 ...

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Stacey J. Smith

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Dr. Smith, as the XRD facility manager, works mainly in X-ray diffraction. The diffraction of X-rays by a crystalline solid can reveal its 3-dimensional atomic and molecular structure. Knowing the atomic structure of a material enables us to understand its properties, manipulate its behavior, and engineer new materials with similar or better properties/functionality. The X-ray Diffraction (XRD) facility at BYU ...

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Brian F. Woodfield

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The Woodfield Lab Group studies industrially and technologically important materials. 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 ...

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