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Dr. Michael Groves

Assistant Professor Physical & Theoretical Chemistry

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Development of machine learning algorithims in order to theoretically determine the structure of chemically relevant nanoparticles and surfaces; computationally determine the chemical reactivity of surfaces in applications ranging from energy generation and storage to pharmaceutical synthesis in collaboration with experimentalists. 


Office: MH-582G
Phone: (657) 278-7018
Lab: MH-534
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Courses Taught


 Ph.D. Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON
M.S. Queen's University, Kingston, ON
B.S. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Research Interests

 In the Groves Research Group we are working on understanding heterogeneous catalytic processes and developing the tools necessary to quickly and accurately predict them.  Our current projects include understanding formate production from CO2 over novel metal alloy surfaces as well as hydrogen peroxide synthesis over modified graphene structures.  We are also using machine learning algorithms to develop automated, and intelligent global optimization search protocols for organic systems which are designed to increase the performance of the search for thermodynamically favorable structures.  We intend to use them to search for new modified graphene surfaces.


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