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Diamond - Research Interests

My research interests include physical chemistry, nonlinear dynamics in chemistry, and spectroscopy; we are currently investigating specfic projects in molecular modeling, ab initio calculations of electronic structure problems, and fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics.

I have had many upperclass students work with me, but I encourage anyone thinking about a science career to jump right into research. first-year students do research with me soon after the start of class!

Our current projects include

  • a study of the potential energy surface of dimethylaminocinnamaldehyde, a target species in SERS experiments
  • exploration of a variational method adapted to basis set functions that do not satisfy the boundary conditions
  • optimization of signals obtained in Surface Plasmon Resonance(SPR) measurements

Following a summer of research, all of our students are encouraged to present their findings at a series of research conferences – the Murdock Research Conference, the Oregon Academy of Sciences meeting and the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society. If you are interested in learning more about the projects I'm working on, or about research in general in the Chemistry department, please feel free to contact me (, 503.883.2472).