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Stephen A. Cooke

Associate Professor of Chemistry

I am interested in the interaction between light and matter.  Photons with frequencies close to those received by an FM radio are useful for probing the structural landscapes of large molecules. I build and use spectrometers that utilize these frequencies. During the course of studying large molecules I often observe unique, microscopic features pertaining to a molecules structure which I then characterize. The information I obtain is useful in the fields of biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and even polymer chemistry. 

Representative Courses

  • General Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Methods
  • Physics I and II