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[J. V. Ortiz]

J. V. Ortiz
Ruth W. Molette Professor and Chairman
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Auburn University
179 Chemistry Building
Auburn, AL 36849-5312
U. S. A.

Telephone:  (334) 844-4043
Fax:  (334) 844-6959
E-Mail:  ortiz@auburn.edu

Chemical bonding in its myriad forms is a manifestation of quantum mechanical principles. We strive to discover the deductive links between these few, but subtle, principles and the infinite variety of structures, spectra, and properties exhibited by molecular matter. There are four stages of this research: derivation, implementation, application, and analysis. In the first two, mathematical and computational tools are developed for efficient and accurate calculations. Applications emphasize interpretation of experimental problems through prediction of molecular observables. Analytical techniques founded on the mathematical structures of the first stage reveal conceptual connections between observables in terms of simplified models. In each stage, we employ propagator concepts and methods, especially those of electron propagator theory, for they stress direct, rigorous calculation of observables and succinct expression of model systems.

Positions in the group are available for graduate students. Prospective postdoctoral fellows and sabbatical visitors should contact Professor Ortiz.

Last updated  27 February 2014