besselman

Brian Esselman

Email address: besselman@chem.wisc.edu

Room Number: 
B324A
Telephone Number: 
608-262-1479
Group Affiliation: 
Organic
Position Name: 
Assistant Organic Lab Director
Education: 

B.S. 2000, UW-Madison (Chemistry)
M.S. 2004, UW-Madison (Educational Psychology)
M.S. 2009, UW-Madison (Chemistry)
Ph.D. 2012, UW-Madison (Chemistry)

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Research Description

Rotational Spectroscopy

I am interested in the precise structure determination and millimeter-wave spectroscopy of small oxygen- and nitrogen-containing organic molecules of potential astrochemical relevance.  In parntership with Robert J. McMahon and R. Claude Woods, recent work includes the precise structure determination of hyrazoic acid (HN3), pyrimidine (meta-C4H4N2), and pyridazine (ortho-C4H4N2) by combined millimeter-wave and coupled-cluster computational investigation.  Additional spectroscopic investigations of carbonyl diazide (OC(N3)2), formyl azide (HCON3), and diketene (C4H4O2) in the ground and excited states have been published.

Curriculum Development

I am interested in the incorporation of computational tools to support student learning in lecture and laboratory courses.  With Nicholas J. Hill, I have integrated computational chemistry into the undergraduate organic laboratory curriculum using WebMO.  The use of computational tools, in partnership with more traditional spectroscopic techniques, allows students a deeper understanding of their experimental results.  I'm further interested in exploring how a focus on molecular and atomic orbitals using WebMO can enhance student learning in my lecture courses.

 

Awards and Honors

Taylor Teaching Award, Department of Chemistry 2017
Harvey Spangler Award for Technology Enhanced Instruction, College of Engineering 2017
Early Career Award, College of Letters & Science 2017