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Dr. Andrew Petit

Assistant Professor Physical & Theoretical Chemistry

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Research interests are broadly focused on using theoretical chemistry and computers to answer fundamental questions about what happens after molecules absorb light and become excited.  Current specific areas of interest include photochemistry, the ultrafast relaxation of UV-filters in the human eye, the properties and dynamics of molecular anions, and vibrational spectroscopy at electrified interfaces.  Applications of this research involve developing better dyes, sunscreens, solar cells, and photocatalysts.  Depending on the project, students will learn quantum chemical software (such as Gaussian, Q-Chem, and Gamess), molecular dynamics software and/or computer coding. 


Office: MH-580A
Phone: (657) 278-5214
Lab: MH-570
Phone: (657) 278-3886
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