Faculty Profile

Environmental Science Faculty

Bret Findley, PhD

Chemistry Department Chair, Associate Professor of Chemistry
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Ph.D. Dartmouth College
B.A. Willamette University

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
  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Environmental Chemistry

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

2011 Norbert A. Kuntz Service Award

 

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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