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Chemistry Department

Rob Whitnell

Professor of Chemistry


Frank Family Science Center 313


Rob Whitnell has been at Guilford College since 1994 and is currently Professor of Chemistry and Chair of Computing Technology and Information Systems. The courses he teaches include chemical principles, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, computer programming, and web design and development. His research interests are in several areas of computational chemistry and chemical education. Most recently, he has been a co-PI on the National Science Foundation-funded POGIL-PCL project to develop process oriented guided inquiry experiments for the physical chemistry laboratory course.


Reed College, B.A., 1983
University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1988
University of California, San Diego, Postdoctoral research, 1988-1994

Courses Taught

Chem 111: Chemical Principles I
Chem 112: Chemical Principles II
Chem 242: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
Chem 337: Elements of Physical Chemistry
Chem 338: Applications of Physical Chemistry
Chem 339/439: Integrated Research Lab II/III
Chem 400: Chemistry Seminar
CTIS 210: Introduction to Computer Programming

Areas of Interest

Computational chemistry
Molecular dynamics of energy flow in chemical reactions
Role of water in antibody-antigen interactions
Development of guided-inquiry labs for physical chemistry and general chemistry