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Department of Chemistry
Mississippi State University
Phone: (662) 325-7224

Structure and Bonding
Kinetics and Mechanisms
Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis
Our research involves several areas of theoretical and computational chemistry, including areas of biological catalysis, bond activation, and structure and bonding. Model analogues (as well as complete "smaller" systems) may be studied with either density functional or ab initio methods with a high degree of success. Our group uses predictive quantum mechanical theoretical methods to obtain information about molecules and reactions that may not be accessible by experiment and provide confirmation of the interpretation of particular experimental results--a theoretical description of chemical reactions. In particular we use computational results to suggest pathways and compare energetics of chemical reactions, as well as spectroscopic information for intermediates. The information gathered from the results of these computations allows for the design of faster and less expensive ways to make useful chemicals and the invention of new chemicals, which may have improved or more desirable properties.

Recent News

Aug 2015
$6 million NSF RII Track-2 FEC: "Feeding and Powering the World" funded!

July 2014
Webster Group moved to Mississippi State University

June 2014
Dr. Webster co-organized and presented at "Making and Breaking Bonds with Light" at Telluride Science Research Center

April 2014
Katie Leigh accepted tenure-track faculty position! Congratulations Katie!