Faculty Profile

Chemistry Faculty

Bret Findley, PhD

Chemistry and Physics Department Chair, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D. Dartmouth College
B.A. Willamette University

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Areas of Expertise:

Experimental Physical Chemistry; Photo-Induced Electron Transfer Reactions; Molecular Spectroscopy; Physical Chemistry Pedagogy

Courses I Teach:

  • Chemistry Senior Seminar
  • Concepts in Chemistry
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Physical Chemistry I, II, and III

Research Grants:

“Two Studies Involving Photo-Induced Electron Transfer”; Findley, B. R. (PI), Junior Faculty Summer Stipend from the SMC Provost’s Office, $3,000, 6/1/07 – 8/31/07 

“Two Studies Involving Electron-Donor-Acceptor Complexes”; Findley, B. R. (PI), Contribution to the Renewal of the NIH Grant submitted by the Vermont Genetics Network, $66,000 (Research and Laboratory Renovations), 6/1/05 – 5/31/06 

“Two Studies Involving Electron-Donor-Acceptor Complexes”; Findley, B. R. (PI), Vermont Genetics Network Summer Research Grant, $10,000, 5/15/04 - 6/30/04 

“Investigations Involving Photo-Induced Electron Transfer in Electron-Donor-Acceptor Complexes”, Research Support from the Vermont Genetics Network Block Grant to Saint Michael’s College, $6,612, 10/24/03 - 6/30/04 

 “Digital Oscilloscope for Transient Decay Measurements”; Van Houten, J. (PI); Findley, B. R. (Co-PI), Vermont EPSCoR Equipment Support for Faculty at Baccalaureate Institutions, $20,375, Submitted 10/15/03 

 “The Solvent Separated Radical Ion Pair in Electron-Donor-Acceptor and Diffusional Encounter Complexes”; Findley, B. R. (PI), Vermont Genetics Network Summer Research Grant, $10,000, 6/03 - 9/03 

“The Solvent Separated Radical Ion Pair in Electron-Donor-Acceptor Complexes”; Findley, B. R. (PI), Vermont EPSCoR Summer Research Grant, $10,000, 6/03 - 9/03

Mentored Student Research Grant Proposals

Katelyn Billings SMC ’10, Mentored Student Grant through the NASA-National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, Summer 2007, $7,300 

Nghi Tu SMC ’09, Provost Student-Faculty Research, Summer 2007, $4,000 

Makaila Gallup SMC ’09, Provost Student-Faculty Research, Summer 2007, $4,000 

Ian Stanton SMC ’07, Provost Student-Faculty Research, Summer 2005, $3,500

Addison Bouchard SMC ’05, Vermont Genetics Network, Summer 2004, $4,500 

Joshua Schoenly SMC ’05, Vermont Genetics Network, Summer 2004, $4,500 

Joshua Schoenly SMC ’05, Vermont Genetics Network, Summer 2003, $4,500 

Jessica Rabideau SMC ’04, Vermont Genetics Network, Summer 2003, $4,500 

Nicholas James SMC ’04, Vermont Genetics Network, Summer 2003, $4,500

Publications:

“Integrating Statistical Mechanics with Experimental Data from the Vibrational-Rotational Spectrum of HCl into the Physical Chemistry Laboratory”; Findley, B. R.; Mylon, S. J. Chem. Ed. 2008, 85, 1670.

“The Solution Dynamics of Photoinduced Geminate Radical Ion Pairs: Free Ion Formation”; Zhou, J.; Findley, B. R.; Francis, T. M.; Nytko, E. A.; Braun, C. L. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2002, 362, 63.

“Long Distance Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Solutions: A Mechanism for Producing Large Yields of Free Ions By Electron Transfer Quenching”; Zhou, J.; Shah, R. P.; Findley, B. R.; Braun, C. L. J. Phys. Chem. A 2002, 106, 12.

“The Separation Distance Distribution in Electron-Donor-Acceptor Systems and the Wavelength Dependence of Free Ion Yields”; Zhou, J.; Findley, B. R.; Braun, C. L.; Sutin, N. J. Chem. Phys. 2001, 114, 10448.

“Ion Pairs from Photoexcited ‘Random’ Electron Donors and Acceptors: Alkylbenzenes and Tetracyanoethylene”; Zhou, J.; Findley, B. R.; Teslja, A.; Braun, C. L.; Sutin, N. J. Phys. Chem. A 2000, 104, 11512.

“Larger than Expected Free Ion Yields from the Photoexcited Trans-Stilbene/Fumaronitrile CT Complex in a Variety of Solvents”; Findley, B. R.; Smirnov, S. N.; Braun, C. L. J. Phys. Chem. A 1998, 102, 6385.

Awards:

Sigma Xi / American Chemical Society Member

Florian von Eschen Award in chemistry, Willamette University

Rotary International Scholarship for one year abroad, Universität Regensburg, Germany

National Merit Commendation

Life Off Campus:

I enjoy sports with racquets (especially squash and tennis), running, hiking, skiing of all varieties, gardening, bridge and playing with my labradoodle, Maddy.

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