Physical Faculty

Elliot Bernstein / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 491-6347
Office: Chemistry C326B

Conformation and potential energy surfaces of isolated and solvated non-rigid molecules, nucleation, growth, and structure of van der Waals clusters in the gas phase, energy dynamics and chemical reaction in van der Waals clusters, spectroscopy of reactive intermediates, metal oxide cluster catalysis

Jean Chung / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6842
Office: Chemistry C229A

Molecular biophysics; reaction kinetics on membrane surfaces; single-molecule imaging; time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

Joseph DiVerdi / Associate Teaching Professor, Upper Division Undergraduate Lab Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-1761

Seonah Kim / Associate Professor

Develop computational catalyst design and apply computational tools to both enzymatic and catalytic conversion processes of sustainable chemicals and polymers from plants (biomass) for a new bio-energy infrastructure. Mechanism-driven discovery of biopolymer upgrading and material design via molecular and quantum mechanics. Machine learning approach in catalyst design, and (bio)fuel and chemical property prediction tool kit development.

Amber Krummel / Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Phone: (970) 491-3694

Structure & dynamics in condensed phase systems; two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

Nancy Levinger / Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Phone: (970) 491-1331
Office: Chemistry C205

Dynamics of molecules and chemistry in the condensed phase, especially molecular assemblies, molecules in confined environments. Fundamental properties and processes governing cryopreservation.

Carmen Menoni / University Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-8659
Office: Engineering B104

Prof. Menoni’s research bridges from material to optical sciences. She is engaged in the growth and characterization of high bandgap oxide materials for the engineering of interference coatings for high power lasers. She is also actively involved in using bright coherent beams of light of wavelengths between 10-50 nm for optics applications such as imaging and ablation.

Ashok Prasad / Associate Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-5175
Office: Scott Bioengineering Building 338

Dr. Prasad's research is at the interface of the physical sciences and engineering with biology, using mathematical and computational methods as well as experiments. He teaches Transport Phenomena for Chemical Engineers (CBE 503) as well as a course in modeling methods in Systems and Synthetic Biology (BIOM 422).

Anthony Rappe / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6292
Office: Chemistry C127A

Theoretical characterization of reaction mechanisms in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, new electronic structure techniques, development of force fields or model potentials for chemical reactivity studies.

A. R. Ravi Ravishankara / University Distinguished Professor
Phone: (970) 491-2876

Atmospheric chemistry via studies in gas phase kinetics and photochemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, atmospheric field observations, and analyses of modeling results; Furthering understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, diagnosing, understanding of, and providing solutions to environmental issues of the stratospheric ozone depletion, air quality, and climate change; Provide new insights into gas phase chemical reactions, reactions on surfaces and in liquids, and photochemical processes; Developing new experimental methods both for laboratory studies and atmospheric measurements.

Justin Sambur / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-3096

The Sambur group synthesizes nanomaterials and develops imaging techniques to correlate chemical and structural properties with function/performance.

Chris Snow / Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-5276
Office: Scott Bioengineering Building 356

Computational design, simulation, and experimental validation of new enzymes, and crystalline biomolecular assemblies. We convert porous protein crystals into “3D molecular pegboards” for the controlled assembly of nanoparticles, enzymes, fluorescent proteins, oligonucleotides, and other functional molecules.

Grzegorz Szamel / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-2795
Office: Chemistry C127B

Statistical mechanics, dynamics of colloidal and polymeric fluids, structure and dynamics of colloidal fluids under non-uniform flow conditions.

Alan Van Orden / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6286
Office: Chemistry C207

Bioanalytical chemistry, single molecule detection and spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, optical and scanning probe microscopy, optical biosensors for pharmaceutical and clinical chemistry.