Project Overview

Molecular Modeling of Electronic Structure, Spectroscopy, and Mechanism in Inorganic Systems

Faculty Sponsor

Jason Keith (




Keith group projects lie at the intersection of electronic structure theory, reaction mechanism, and molecular structure, and are approached from a molecular modelling perspective only; there is no experimental component. Most projects involve understanding fundamental concepts about structure and bonding in inorganic and organometallic compolexes as well as small molecule substrates of interest (basic science). These concepts should provide invaluable experience to any student for growth in all areas of Chemistry. Chemistry is structure/function relationshiops, and we work to understand structure better. Many projects also relate to large scale applications. Areas of application of recent projects involve decreasing the anthropogenic carbon footprint, environmentally responsible largescale chemical reactions, enviromental cleanup, and alternative energy. Students will likely be involved in more than one project and will be working in collaboration with other students in the group. Some projects also involve collaboration with faculty here at Colgate or elsewhere. 

Student Qualifications

Course experience in Chemistry is mandatory. Chem 101/102 or 111 at a minimum, 212 and/or 263/264 preferred. Additional upper level work in Chem 333, 336, 413, 415, and 431 or any computer science knowledge are beneficial but not a requirements. 

Number of Student Researchers

3 students

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 10/03/2023 and close on 02/28/2024

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