Ryan P. Steele
Department of Chemistry
University of Utah
315 S 1400 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 587-3800
Office: 4611 Thatcher

Group Meeting Schedule (Summer/Fall 2016)

Fridays 1:30pm - 3:00pm, 4609 Thatcher
01 Sep(Group Discussion) Code Development
08 SepSammy Walker Research: Summer
15 SepElizabeth Christensen Research: Clusters (1-3)
22 SepJustin Talbot Research: Iodide
29 SepDiana Reese Research: Metal-H2
06 Oct(Matthew Wilkinson) [Tues joint meeting]
13 Oct [No meeting - Fall break]
20 OctXiaolu Cheng Research: Unimolecular Dissociation
27 OctJustin Talbot Research: SCF
03 Nov TBD
10 NovRyan Steele Research: Bio Spectroscopy
17 NovMatthew Wilkinson Tools: Fitting Potentials
24 Nov [No meeting - Thanksgiving]
01 DecDiana Reese Practice Proposal (tentative date)
08 DecElizabeth Christensen Research: Clusters (4+)
Regular Meetings:
 1:00pm Justin w/Xiaolu
 2:00pm Xiaolu
 3:00pm Diana
 3:00pm Justin
 4:00pm HEC Group Meeting (4429 TBBC)
 10:00am Matthew
 11:00am Elizabeth
 12:00pm Group Lunch
 1:00-2:30pm Group Meeting

Current Members


Xiaolu Cheng
Vibrational Spectroscopy and ab initio Molecular Dynamics

Graduate Students

Elizabeth Christensen
Radical Water Clusters

Diana Reese
Hydrogenation Catalysis

Justin Talbot
Oxidized water clusters and spectroscopy

Undergraduate Students

Jennifer Chlam (Mt. Vernon Nazarene University)
Spectroscopy of Drug Models

MacKenzie Ferron
Metal-H2 Complexes

Matthew Wilkinson
Hydrogen Sulfide Oxidation

Previous Members


Shervin Fatehi
Molecular Dynamics

Graduate Students

J. D. Herr
Water oxidation and catalysis

Nick Corbett
Nanoparticle catalysis

Undergraduate Students

Jessica Schulze
Hydrogenation Catalysis

April Furin
Chemical oxidants and Integrated education

Sarah Floris (REU)
Mixed Water/Sulfide Oxidation

William Gleich
Lithium Binding Affinities

Doo-Hyun Kwon
Hydrogen production catalysts

Brandon Mitchell
Sigma complexes

Tyler Rasmussen
Methanol production mechanisms

Annie Bench
Models of biological electron attachment

Jordan Meadows
Substituent effects and nuclear motion

Justin Park
Water oxidation

Joemy Ramsay
Path integral methods

Maggie Reid
Hydroxyl radical in water


Path integral methods development
Jill Zwickl
Philip Shushkov
Atmospheric water activation by NO+
Rachael Relph
Ben Elliott
Mark Johnson
Daniel Schofield
Ken Jordan
Anne McCoy
Al Viggiano
Excited-state Dynamics
Joe Subotnik
Neil Shenvi
Excited-state properties of metal-nitrosyl complexes
Karma Sawyer
Charles Harris
PDI Dimer and self-assembled organic monolayers
Yan Li
Giulia Galli
Dual-Basis Development
Rob DiStasio, Jr.
Yihan Shao
Jing Kong

Giants with Shoulders

Post-Doctoral Mentor
John C. Tully, Yale University
Graduate Advisor
Martin Head Gordon, UC-Berkeley
Thesis: Dual-basis methods for electronic structure theory