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Ross Nord, Ph.D.


Dr. Ross Nord 503D Mark Jefferson Science Complex


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Ph.D., Iowa State University

Theoretical Chemistry

Interests and Expertise

My primary interest is in studying the statistics of lattice-filling processes. A lattice is a collection of sites where events may occur (1D - C atoms along a polymer chain; 2D - the atoms comprising a metal surface). In any process a site can be specified as "empty" or "filled" depending upon whether an event (reaction, adsorption,...) has occurred there. The time-dependence of the distribution of empty and filled sites can be described using kinetic (rate) equations. Consequently, the majority of the work involves deriving kinetic equations and applying previously-developed solution techniques to obtain numerical solutions. To test the accuracy of the results, Monte Carlo simulations are performed using the computer's random-number generator.

At present I am working on developing a general model which will, eventually, be applicable to a variety of chemical processes. The effects due to edges (finite-size of the lattice), competitive processes, defective sites, and multiple events at a single site are all of current interest.




Professional Affiliation

American Chemical Society 

Courses Taught

General Chemistry (121-126)
Physical Chemistry (361)
Thermodynamics and Kinetics (461)
Physical Chemistry Lab (463)
Quantum Chemistry (465)
Statistical Mechanics and Chemical Kinetics (562)

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold