Profile

Robert Whitnell

Departments and Positions:
Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry
Computing Technology & Information Systems, Professor of Chemistry
Phones:
School Extension 316.2295
Credentials:
Reed College, BA, '83
University of Chicago, PHD, '88
Biography:

Postdoctoral research associate and Assistant Research Chemist, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, 1988-1994

Research Interests

  • Using computer modeling and visualization to explore questions such as:
  • How does energy flow from the surroundings into chemical reactants to drive a chemical reaction?
  • What is the role of water molecules in mediating the interactions between antibodies and the specific molecules they recognize?
  • Active engagement methods, particularly guided inquiry, in chemical education.

Courses Taught

  • Chem 111: Chemical Principles I
  • Chem 331: Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Chem 332: Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
  • Chem 336 and 345: Integrated Laboratory
  • Chem 342: Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Chem 400: Chemistry Seminar
  • CMIT 140: Introduction to Computer Programming
  • IDS 419: Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Clerk of the Faculty

Notable Works

  • “Conformational memories using variable bond angles,” Robert M. Whitnell, Dow P. Hurst, Patricia H. Reggio, and Frank Guarnieri, J. Comp. Chem. 29, 741 (2008).
  • Co-Principal Investigator with Sally S. Hunnicutt and Alexander Grushow, National Science Foundation Award 1044624, “POGIL-PCL and the Development and Implementation of Guided Inquiry Experiments for Physical Chemistry” (2011-2014).