Kelsey Stocker, PhD

Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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  • PhD, University of Notre Dame
  • BA, Colorado College

Professional Training

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Northwestern University

Research Interests

Computational physical chemists use computer simulations and calculations to answer fundamental chemical questions. These computational methods can access atomic-level structural information and short-lived species that are difficult to measure experimentally. Computational results can be used in conjunction with traditional experiments to provide new insight into experimental data, or can be used to make predictions and assist with experimental design.

My previous research has explored heat transfer across nanoscale gold surfaces, novel computational methods for simulating nanoparticles, and reaction mechanisms on nickel catalysts. My current research projects are focused on studying the kinetics and thermodynamics of reaction mechanisms that occur either in the gas phase or on solid catalyst surfaces. The types of reactions we study are relevant to atmospheric and soil chemistry, renewable energy sources, and indoor pollution (on Earth or on board the International Space Station!).

Undergraduate students who work in my lab are trained in advanced computational methods (molecular modeling, electronic structure calculations, molecular dynamics simulations), surface science (adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis, surface reconstruction), and computer skills (Unix environment, terminal commands, molecular visualization software). We have dedicated research computers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry computer lab and we also have remote access to the high-performance computing clusters at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.

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Office Hours

    Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Virtual)
    Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Virtual)
    By appointment only.

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Courses Taught

  • CHEM 411/L411 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 412/L412 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM L111 General Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM L112 General Chemistry Lab II