Ross Nord

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Emeritus Professor


503D Science Complex

[email protected]


  • Ph.D., Theoretical Chemistry, Iowa State University

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, etc.) 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.


  • CHEM 121–126 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 361 Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 461 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • CHEM 463 Physical Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 465 Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM 562 Statistical Mechanics and Chemical Kinetics

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society