Michael Herman

Michael Herman


Ph.D., 1980, Chicago

Office: 5010 Percival Stern Building
Phone: (504) 862-3582

Selected Publications


Physical Chemistry

Areas of current interest

My research interests include the development and testing of semiclassical methods for systems involving transitions between molecular states and for systems where tunneling is important.  Semiclassical methods use information obtained from classical trajectories to provide a good approximation to the quantum mechanical description of molecular systems.

I am also using computer simulations to better understand the mechanisms for chain diffusion and stress relaxation in long chain polymer melts.  Of particular interest in these studies is elucidating the role of cooperative many chain motions.

A third area of current research aims at providing a better understanding of the propensities of different isotopes of an element to populate certain locations in a molecule.  In addition, a better understanding of how different isotopologues of a molecule, which have different isotopes at specific positions in the molecule, can alter phase equilibria.

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