Chemical Physics

Farah Dawood, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.A. Concordia College; Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
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Areas of expertise: physical chemistry, nanochemistry, materials chemistry, lithography

Farah Dawood is developing the experimental physical chemistry curriculum. She is initiating a research program grounded in nanolithography for designing optically active materials for manipulating light and sensors for detecting low concentrations of biomolecules. During her postdoctoral research at The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dawood developed new lithographic methods for spatially organizing soft materials, in particular for enabling applications in next-generation quantum computing. Before that, Dawood was a postdoctoral researcher in physical chemistry at the University of Maryland, where she studied new nanofabrication methods using ultrafast lasers to design biomolecular scaffolds and sensors. Dawood earned her doctorate in materials chemistry at Penn State, focusing on colloidal routes for the predictable and controllable synthesis of metastable nanoparticles using crystal structures as templates. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Concordia College, Moorhead.

Gordon Jones, the Litchfield Professor of Astronomy

B.A., Williams College; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University
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Areas of expertise: neutron spin filters and angular correlations in neutron decay

Gordon Jones' research interests include using neutrons to study fundamental symmetries and polarizing neutrons for use in materials science. On the fundamental side, Jones studies time reversal symmetry and weak interactions in nuclei. On the applied side, he builds devices used to understand magnetic materials such as the read heads in computer hard drives. He has published papers in journals such as the Physical Review C, Journal of Applied Crystalography and Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Jones previously worked as a NRC post-doc, NIST and a visiting scientist at Indiana University. He earned his doctorate in nuclear physics from Princeton University.

Adam Van Wynsberghe, Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Areas of expertise: physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry and theoretical chemistry

Adam W. Van Wynsberghe joined Hamilton College in 2009 after two years at the University of California, San Diego, where he was a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow. He was a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he completed his doctorate in biophysics. Van Wynsberghe's research interests center around the use of theoretical and computational techniques to study biophysical problems from both basic and applied perspectives. Currently, he is investigating the nature of protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions, the origins and roles of conformational changes and dynamics in biomolecular systems and the dynamical aspects of enzyme catalysis.