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Josh Layfield

Assistant Professor
Degree
B.S. Davidson College
Ph.D. Virginia Tech.
Office
OWS 465
Phone
651-962-5577
Fax
651-962-5209
Mail
OSS 402

Professional Interests

Research in the Layfield group will focus on using computational techniques to investigate the chemistry that occurs at chemical interfaces.  Students in my lab will be trained to calculate the detailed electronic structure of individual molecules as well the chemical dynamics of up to thousands of atoms at mesoscopic surfaces.  Classical molecular dynamics trajectories combined with quantum mechanical calculations will be used to predict the chemical environment of functionalized organic surfaces used as protein models.  These predictions will be used to inform and guide the work of experimental collaborators and provide atomistic insight into their experiments.  Additional projects will include studying the structure and dynamics of liquid-liquid interfaces that are ubiquitous in organic synthetic methods and the dissociation of biomolecules upon collision with surfaces to study protein assembly and aggregation in the cell. 

 

Any students that are interested in working this research group, contact Dr. Layfield.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CHEM 331 - 01 Chem Thermodynamics/Reaction M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OWS 469
CRN: 40046 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Joshua P. Layfield Physical chemical introduction to the fundamentals of kinetic-molecular theory, statistical thermodynamics, classical thermodynamics, and chemical reaction dynamics. Emphasis on the in-depth study of chemical reaction equilibria, phase equilibria, and chemical reaction kinetics in gaseous, liquid and solid systems. Laboratory work involves modern computational methods in physical chemistry, as well as physicochemical measurements related to thermodynamics and reaction dynamics. Lecture plus six laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, MATH 114 and PHYS 111

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Location Time Day(s)
CHEM 331 - 51 Chem. Thermo./React./Lab M - W - - - - 1335 - 1635 OWS 469
CRN: 40047 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Joshua P. Layfield Physical chemical introduction to the fundamentals of kinetic-molecular theory, statistical thermodynamics, classical thermodynamics, and chemical reaction dynamics. Emphasis on the in-depth study of chemical reaction equilibria, phase equilibria, and chemical reaction kinetics in gaseous, liquid and solid systems. Laboratory work involves modern computational methods in physical chemistry, as well as physicochemical measurements related to thermodynamics and reaction dynamics. Lecture plus six laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, MATH 114 and PHYS 111

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CHEM 331 - 52 Chem. Thermo./React./Lab - T - R - - - 1330 - 1630 OWS 469
CRN: 40552 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Joshua P. Layfield Physical chemical introduction to the fundamentals of kinetic-molecular theory, statistical thermodynamics, classical thermodynamics, and chemical reaction dynamics. Emphasis on the in-depth study of chemical reaction equilibria, phase equilibria, and chemical reaction kinetics in gaseous, liquid and solid systems. Laboratory work involves modern computational methods in physical chemistry, as well as physicochemical measurements related to thermodynamics and reaction dynamics. Lecture plus six laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, MATH 114 and PHYS 111

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CHEM 332 - 01 Quantum Chem/Molecular Spec M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OWS 469
CRN: 20042 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Joshua P. Layfield Study of chemical systems from the point of view of molecular theory. Introduction to the fundamentals of quantum chemistry and atomic/molecular spectroscopy. Laboratory work involves computational methods in molecular quantum mechanics and spectroscopic measurements of atomic/molecular systems. Lecture plus six laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, MATH 114 and PHYS 112

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Location Time Day(s)
CHEM 332 - 51 Quantum Chem/Molec.Spec/Lab - T - R - - - 1330 - 1630 OWS 469
CRN: 20043 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Joshua P. Layfield Study of chemical systems from the point of view of molecular theory. Introduction to the fundamentals of quantum chemistry and atomic/molecular spectroscopy. Laboratory work involves computational methods in molecular quantum mechanics and spectroscopic measurements of atomic/molecular systems. Lecture plus six laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, MATH 114 and PHYS 112

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