Theoretical Research

Dr. Rebecca Davis

Research in the Davis group focuses on exploring of the mechanisms of asymmetric organocatalytic reactions and broadening the range of organic reactions in which asymmetric organocatalysis can be applied. To accomplish these tasks, we employ a combination of computational, kinetic and synthetic techniques to study and develop organocatalytic and metal-organo cooperative catalytic reactions.
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Dr. H. Georg Schreckenbach
Dr. Schreckenbach’s research interests are in the area of theoretical and computational chemistry, with a focus on the development and application of density functional theory (DFT) and other methods. Current research areas include actinide chemistry, environmental chemistry of Hg and other metals, solar energy (dye sensitized solar cells), polymer-based electronic devices, amongst others.
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Dr. Jennifer van Wijngaarden

High resolution molecular spectroscopy and ab initio calculations are used to probe the lowest energy states of reactive species to gain better understanding of their structures and dynamics. The lab is equipped with custom-built, state-of-the-art microwave spectrometers and group members are also actively involved in infrared experiments at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron facility.
Website: van Wijngaarden Group