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Kristina Closser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office Location: Science 1, room 348
Office Phone: (559) 278-2383


Areas of Specialty

Dr. Closser's research focuses on computing the electronically excited states of atoms and molecules and their degradation mechanisms.  The methods employed are primarily ab initio, and do not depend on experimental results.  By computing observables such as UV/vis or X-ray absorption spectra direct comparisons can be made and a better understanding of experimental data can be obtained.  One part of the research focuses on developing better approaches for modeling electronic excitations and critical points along the degradation pathways, and the other part of the research focuses on applying the currently available methods to systems ranging from a single molecule to nanoparticles.