Group Trip to 1996 ACS Regional Meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Group Trip to 1997 Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, University of Illinois.
Group Trip to 1997 Allinger Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens.
Rainer's Trip to Japan as a 1997 JSPS fellow.
Rainer's Trip to present a Colloquium at SIU in August 1997.
Rainer's Trip to present a Colloquium at UMR in September 1997.
Group Trip to 32nd Midwest Regional Meeting at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks, November 1997.


CURRENT STUDENTS AFFILIATION
Hong Wu Graduate Student, MU Chemistry
Nathan Knotts Graduate Student, MU Chemistry
Laxma Reddy Dendi, M.Sc. Graduate Student, MU Chemistry
Martin Wu Graduate Student, MU Chemistry
Sundeep Rayat, M.S. Graduate Student, MU Chemistry
Michael Lewis Graduate Student, MU Chemistry
Brian Hodgen Undergraduate Student, MU Chemistry
COLLABORATORS AFFILIATION
Kent Murmann Professor, MU Chemistry
Calvin Ahlbrandt Professor, MU Mathematics
Mark Ashbaugh Distinguished Professor, MU Mathematics
Heinrich Zollinger Professor, Chemistry, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland
Hansjoerg Gruetzmacher Professor, Chemistry, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland
Kazuhiko Ichikawa Professor, Chemistry, Sapporo, Japan
Bruce Hathaway Professor, Chemistry, SEMO


"Still my primary aim has been to clarify,
to show how to pass from a piece of disguised nonsense
to something that is obvious nonsense."

Ludwig Wittgenstein




Post-Doctoral Students


Dr. Man-Shick Son, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Physical Chemistry
Joined the group: April 1994 - July 1995.
Research Area: Deamination of nucleobases.
Next Position: Faculty Position, Dongguk University,
Department of Chemistry, Seoul 100-715, South Korea




Graduate Students


Hong Wu, PhD candidate, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: October 2000.
Bachelor in Chemistry, Xiamen University, 1998.
Fellowships: NIH Graduate Research Assistant 2001.
Research Area: Theoretical Organic Chemistry, Toxicology.


Nathan Knotts, PhD candidate, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: May 2000.
Bachelor in Chemistry, Adams State College, 2000.
Fellowships: 2000 Stevens' Summer Research Fellow
Research Area: Physical Organic Chemistry.


Laxma Reddy Dendi, M.Sc., MS candidate, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: April 2000.
Bachelor in Chemistry, Osmania University, India, 1996.
Masters in Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, India, 1998.
Research Area: Physical Organic Chemistry.


Martin Wu, BS, PhD candidate, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: September 1998. Completed cumes 4/99.
Bachelor in Chemistry, Peking University, PR China, 1997.
Research Area: Physical Organic Chemistry.


Graeme Day, MS, PhD program, Physical Chemistry
Joined the group: January 1998 - December 1998.
Masters in Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford, UK, 1997.
Fellowships: G. Ellsworth Huggins Doctoral Scholarship 1998-2002
Research Area: Computational Chemistry.
Next Position: Graduate Program, University College, London.


Sundeep Rayat, MS, PhD candidate, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: December 1997. Completed cumes 2/99.
Masters in Organic Chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, 1996.
Research Area: Physical Organic Chemistry of DNA Deamination.


Michael Lewis, BS, PhD candidate, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: June 1996. Completed cumes 3/98.
Bachelor in Chemistry, St. Marys' University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1996.
Fellowships: National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada
Postgraduate Scholarship Type A (Tenable Abroad). 1997-2001.
Awards: Donald K. Anderson Graduate Student Teaching Award for 1997-98.
Superior Graduate Student Award 1998-9.
Research Area: Physical Organic Chemistry. Experiment and Theory.


Don Steiger, PhD student, Mathematics
Joined the group: October 1995 - December 1998.
Research Area: Numerical Simulation of Electrostatics in Crystals.
Next Position: Post-doctoral Position, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Beckman Institute.


Anne Morrow, PhD student, Physical Chemistry
Joined the group: August 1993 - May 1994.
Research Area: Spin Density Analysis of Radicals and Radical Reactions.


Paul Haney, MS student, Organometallic Chemistry
Joined the group: June 1993 - August 1995. Graduation: December 1996.
Research Area: Transition Metal Complexes of Diazonium Ions.
Next Position: ABC Laboratories, Columbia, MO.


Young-Hee Yoo, MS student, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: March 1992 - April 1993.
Research Area: Organometallic Chemistry of Diazonium Ions.
Next Position: Returned to Korea in April 1993.


Zhangbo Hu, PhD candidate, Inorganic Chemistry
Co-worker in the group, since December 1991. Graduation: PhD, May 1995.
Mr. Hu was a student of Prof. Ross and studied the chemistry and physics of solids.
Highlights: Electron density distributions by X-ray and neutron diffraction and by ab initio solid state theory.


Grace Shiahuy Grace, PhD candidate, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: December 1990. Graduation: PhD, August 1996.
Research Area: Physical Organic Chemistry. Experiment and Theory.
Highlights: First crystal structures of aliphatic diazonium ions.
First near-perfect dipole aligned crystalline NLO material.
Awards: Humboldt Fellow.
Next Position: Post-doctoral positions at Heidelberg, Germany, and ETH Zuerich, Switzerland.


Eric Nelson, PhD student, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: February 1990 - July 1990.
Research Area: Physical Organic Chemistry.
Next Position: Graduate School in Environmental Chemistry.
MS, Environmental Chemistry, University of Maryland, 1996.


Christopher Horan, PhD candidate, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: January 1990. Graduation: PhD, December 1995.
Research Area: Physical Organic Chemistry. Experiment and Theory.
Highlights: Experimental tests of new bonding model for diazonium ions in the solid state.
Next Position: Post-doctoral fellow, University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Since 1996 Research and Development Chemist, Avanti Polar Lipids, Inc., Alabaster, Alabama.
Since 1997 Research Chemist, Ciba-Geigy, Mobile, Alabama.


Benjamin L. Harris, PhD candidate, Physical Chemistry
Joined the group: August 1989. Graduation: PhD, Dec. 1995.
Research Area: Theoretical Bio-organic Chemistry.
Highlights: Electron density analysis of nucleic acid base pairing studies.
Next Position: Currently seeking post-doctoral position.


Godwin Sik-Cheung Choy, PhD, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: August 1989. Graduation: PhD, May 1994.
Research Area: Theoretical Organic Chemistry. Developments and Applications.
Highlights: Methods for electron and spin density analysis of radicals at the levels UHF, PUHF, CASSCF, CCD, CIS, CID, CISD, QCISD.
Next Position: Post-doctoral fellow, University of California, Berkeley.




Exchange Students


Christina Marchand, University of Freiburg, Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry
Joined the group: April-June 1995.
Research Area: Stabilization of Carbenium Ions.


Till Kuehn, University of Tuebingen, Organic Chemistry
Joined the group: AY 1993/94.
Research Area: Photochemical Dimerization of Thymine.
Current Position: Graduate Student, Universitaet Frankfurt/Main, Griesinger Group Pages




Undergraduate Students


Brian Hodgen, Majoring in Chemistry, MU.
Bachelor in Science Education, MU, 2000.
Joined the group: FS00.
Courses: FS00 CHEM150 (3).
Program: LS UROP 2000-1 (pending)
Research Area: DNA Deamination.


Thomas Carl, Majoring in Chemistry and German, MU.
Joined the group: FS98.
Courses: FS98 CHEM298 (3), WS99 CHEM299 (3).
Program: Arts & Science Undergraduate Research Internship FS98 (declined)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Internship AY98/9.
Awards: Phi Lambda Upsilon Outstanding Chemistry Senior 1998-1999
American Institute of Chemists Foundation Award for 1999
Research Area: DNA Deamination.


Richard Nichols, Biology Major, MU.
Joined the group: SS98 - SS99.
Courses: Chem 150 (2, WS97), BioSci295 (3, SS98), BioSci296 (3,WS98).
Program: Arts & Science Undergraduate Research Internship SS98.
MU Undergraduate Science Research Internship SS99.
Research Area: Cation-Dinitrogen Interactions.
Next Position: MU Medical School.


Heather Tluczek, BFA Theater, Stephens College 1995, Post-Bac Premed MU.
Joined the group: FS97.
Courses: FS97 CHEM298 (3).
Research Area: Optical Properties of Extended pi-Systems.


Sahvin Panichpong, Biology and Computer Science Major, MU.
Joined the group: SS97.
Courses: SS97 CHEM150 (3).
Research Area: Chemistry of Learning.


Brian Couppleditch, Biochemistry Major, MU.
Joined the group: SS97.
Courses: SS97 CHEM150 (3, pending).
Research Area: Chemistry of Learning.


Anthony Cage, Psychology-Premed Major, MU.
Joined the group: SS97.
Courses: SS97 CHEM150 (3).
Research Area: Chemistry of Learning.


Michelle Schulz, Biology Major, MU.
Joined the group: SS97.
Courses: SS97 CHEM150 (3), BIO295 (3) and BIO296 (3).
Research Area: Chemistry of Learning.


Keith Kleiner, Chemistry and Computer Science Major, MU.
Joined the group: SS97.
Courses: SS97 CHEM150 (3).
Program: Arts & Science Undergraduate Research Internship SS97 (accepted).
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Internship Summer '97 (declined).
Research Area: Development of WWW Chemistry Content.


Rhonda Walsh, Biology Major, MU.
Joined the group: WS97.
Courses: SS97 BIO295 (3). FS97 BIO296 (3). WS98 CHEM250 (3).
Fellowships: Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Internship Summer '97 & AY97-8.
Howard Hughes Travel Fellowship, ACS Natl. Meeting, Dallas, 3/98.
Research Area: Theoretical Bio-organic Chemistry


"stephanie S. nelson", Chemical Engineering Major, MU.
Joined the group: WS97 and FS97.
Courses: Chem150 (2, WS97), Chem150 (2, FS97)
Fellowships: Curator's Fellow, Bright Flight Fellow, National Merit Fellow,
Chem. Eng. Dept. Scholarship and Nat. Acad. for Nuclear Training Scholarship.
Research Area: Theoretical Organic Chemistry.
Next Position: Chem. Eng. Internship with Budweiser, St. Louis


Sarah Meyer, Chemical Engineering Major, MU. Graduation May 1999.
Joined the group: WS96. "On leave" at Ralston-Purina during WS97. Re-joined the group in AY 1997-98
Courses: Chem150 (1, WS96), Chem250 (3, FS96), Chem298 (3, FS97).
Fellowships: Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Internship AY97-8.
Awards: John Bauman Travel Award of the ACS Local Section 1998.
Howard Hughes Travel Fellowship, ACS Natl. Meeting, Dallas, 3/98.
Research Area: Electronic structure of materials for nonlinear optics.
Next Postion: Employment in the Minneapolis area.


Aaron Joseph Bernabo, Chemical Engineering Major, UMC.
Joined the group: Summer 1994 and AY 1994/95.
Courses: Chem150 (3, SS94 & FS94); Chem250 (3, WS95).
Research Area: Chemistry of asymmetrical azines.


Jeremy Lowe, Chemical Engineering Major, UMC.
Joined the group: Summer 1994 and AY 1994/95.
Courses: Chem150 (3, SS94 & FS94); no credit hours in WS95.
Research Area: IR, UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy of asymmetrical azines.
Next Position: University of Missouri Law School.


Christopher Smith, Computer Science and Chemistry Major, UMC.
Joined the group: WS 1994, Summer 1994.
Program: Petroleum Research Fund Fellow, AY 1994/95.
Research Area: Graphics programming: Visualization of molecular vibrations.
Next Position: Graduate School in Computer Science.


Jason Wilbur, Chemistry Major, UMC.
Joined the group: AY 1993/94 and AY 1994/95.
Program: Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, AY 1993/94.
Courses: Chem150 (3, FS93); Chem250 (3, WS94), Chem298 (FS94), and Chem299 (3, WS95).
Research Area: Chemistry of asymmetrical azines.
Awards: Alpha Chi Sigma Senior Research Award 1994/95.
Next Position: University of Missouri Medical School.


Mitchell Anthamatten, Chemical Engineering Major, UMC.
Joined the group: Summer and AY 1993/94, AY 1994/95.
Program: Exchange Program with Univ. of Freiburg, Summer 1994.
Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, AY 1994/95.
Courses: Chem150 (3, FS93); Chem298 (3, FS94); Chem298 (3, WS94), and Chem299 (3, WS95).
Research Area: Chemistry of symmetrical azines.
Next Position: Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering at MIT.


Brett Chladny, Computer Science and Mathematics Major, UMC.
Joined the group: WS 1993 - May 1994.
Program: Petroleum Research Fund Fellow, AY 1993/94.
Research Area: Developed version 2 of 'Vibrate', develops ESI.
Next Position: Graduate School in Computer Science at MU.


Benjamin Monte Marshall, Chemistry Major, UMC.
Joined the group: Fall 1992 - December 1993.
Program: Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, FS 1993.
Courses: Chem150 (3, WS93); Chem250 (3, FS93).
Research Area: Stereochemistry of norgestimate oxime contraceptives.
Next Position: Medical School at MU.


David Farmer, Biochemistry Major, UMC.
Joined the group: Fall 1991 - Fall 1999.

Courses: Chem150 (1, WS91).
Research Area: Writes graphics code, density-color coded gradient vector fields.
Next Position: Continues to study physics at MU.


Nada Hakimi, Biochemistry Major, UMC.
Joined the group: Summer 1992 and AY 1992/93.
Courses: Chem150 (3, FS92); Chem250 (3, WS93)
Research Area: Osazone chemistry, coll. with Prof. Feather (Biochemistry).
Next Position: Continues to study at UMC.


Caryn Mummert, Chemistry and Biochemistry Major, UMC.
Joined the group: Summer 1992.
Program: Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Research Area: Theoretical studies on decomposition of N-nitrosoamides.
Awards: Nominated for a 1993 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship by the dean.
Next Position: Graduate Studies in Health Care Field in Chicago.


Christine Bowersox, Chemistry Major, UMC.
Joined the group: AY 1991/92.
Program: Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Courses: Chem150 (2, FS91).
Research Area: Incipient nucleophilic attack in diazonium ions.
Next Position: Christine is now a teacher at a Columbia High School.


Paul L. Haney, Chemistry Major, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO.
Joined the group: Summer 1991.
Program: NSF-REU Program.
Research Area: Incipient nucleophilic attack in diazonium ions.
Next Position: Returned as a graduate student.


Karla Brown, High School Senior in St. Louis Public School.
Joined the group: Summer 1991.
Program: Minority High School Research Apprentice Program.
Research Area: Hydrogen bonding in acid dimers.
Next Position: Undergraduate student at UMC since AY 1991/92.


M. Kirk Hall, Chemistry and Music Major, Honors Undergraduate at UMC.
Joined the group: Summer 1990 and AY 1990/91.
Program: Monsanto Undergraduate Fellowship. Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Courses: Chem298 (3, FS90); Chem299 (3, WS90); Chem299 (3, WS91).
Research Area: Computer programming, Vibrate and ESI.
Next Position: Employed at the Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, Kansas.