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Washington and Lee University

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Steve Desjardins

Professor of Chemistry

Science Addition A330B
(540) 458-8873
desjardins@wlu.edu

Education

1985 The University of Texas, Austin, TX

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Peter J. Rossky
  • Research: Theoretical Studies in Statistical Mechanics; Development of Interaction Site integral equation theory for molecular fluids such as water.

1984 Brown University, Providence, RI
Ph.D., Physical Chemistry

  • Thesis Advisor: Professor Richard M. Stratt, Department of Chemistry, Brown
  • Thesis Topic: Theoretical Studies in Statistical Mechanics
    1) Quantum effects on the conformational behavior of small molecules and polymers
    2) Interaction of intramolecular degrees of freedom with a condensed phase environment
    3) Classical and quantum behavior of lattice spin systems, such as the Ising-Lenz and Heisenberg models

1980 B.A., Chemistry and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Research

  • statistical mechanics
  • nonlinear dynamics
  • chemical kinetics

Teaching

  • Chem 106 Disorder and Chaos
  • Chem 112 Aqueous Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chem 260 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems

Selected Publications

Holland, M. G., Griffith, V. E., , France, M. B., and Desjardins, S. G., “Kinetics of the Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of a 7-Oxanorbornene Derivative by Grubbs’ Catalyst”, J. Poly. Sci.: Part A: Poly. Chem., 41, 2125-2131 (2003

Williams, H. T.; Goodwin, L.; Desjardins, S. G.; Billings, F. T.; "Two-Dimensional Growth Models," Physics Letters A, 1998, 250, 105.

Easton, R. E.; Murray, W. R.; Desjardins, S. G. "Fractal Analysis of Trajectories in Two Dimensional Argon Clusters.," J. Mol. Graphics (1992)

Desjardins, S. G.; Stratt, R. M.; "The Statistical Mechanics of a Liquid of Breathing Hard Spheres.," J. Chem. Phys. 1989, 90, 6809.

Stratt, R.M.; Desjardins, S. G.; "The Solvation of the Methyl Radical and its Implications.," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1984, 106, 256.

Desjardins, S. G.; Stratt, R. M.; "The Statistical Mechanics of a Liquid of Two-State Molecules.," II. "The Competition between Quantum Mechanics and the Condensed Phase.," J. Chem. Phys. 1984, 81, 6232.

Stratt, R. M.; Desjardins, S. G.; "Quantal Effects on Conformational Equilibria.," J. Chem. Phys., 1982, 76, 5134.

O'Gara, J.; Jones, A.A.; Desjardins, S. G.; "Spin Relaxation and Local Motion in Four Structurally Related Dissolved Polycarbonates," 1981, Macromolecules 14, 64.

Grants

  • Jeffress Research Grant, 1989, $12,600
  • Dr. Scholl's Foundation, 1999, $25,000
  • W. Keck Foundation, 2001, $500,000