Research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Please see the Faculty Directory for more information on each faculty member's research focus and current publications.

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Physical Chemistry at SDSU

Physical Chemistry is the study of those fundamental laws that govern the behavior of all molecules. This usually means no company manufactures the particular experimental apparatus we need, and we spend a lot of time designing, building, testing, and fixing our equipment, and sometimes carrying out computational studies in the meantime. Or telling anyone who will listen just how important physical chemistry is. Faculty research in physical chemistry at SDSU is carried out by the following.

  • David Pullman's group, studying chemistry at solid surfaces using ultrahigh vacuum technology and computational methods;
  • Bill Tong's group, pioneering the application of non-linear spectroscopy to a wide range of chemical analytes, including biochemicals;
  • Andrew Cooksy's group, investigating the properties of reactive chemical intermediates in combustion, interstellar chemistry, and biochemistry;
  • Karen Peterson, studying the spectroscopic properties of NO and its intermolecular forces.