Dr. Jefferson Bates

Dr. Jefferson Bates teaches general and physical chemistry courses at Appalachian State University. He received his PhD in Chemical and Material Physics from the University of California Irvine under the guidance of Filipp Furche in 2013. 

Research

Dr. Jefferson Bates teaches general and physical chemistry courses at Appalachian State University. He received his PhD in Chemical and Material Physics from the University of California Irvine under the guidance of Filipp Furche in 2013. His graduate work focused on the application of density functional theory to novel lanthanide and transition metal chemistry. He also developed new quantum mechanical methods to predict absorption spectra and applied them to predict the spectra of seven never before seen divalent lanthanide oxidation states. Following his graduate work, he completed a postdoc at Northwestern University, followed by a second postdoc at Temple University where he worked with Adrienn Ruzsinszky and John Perdew. At Temple, Dr. Bates explored his interest for challenges in solid-state chemistry and physics and developed a new method for predicting accurate pressure induced structural phase transitions. Dr. Bates' current research focus includes further exploring the properties and reactivity of lanthanide and transition metal complexes, as well as exploring chemical properties of technologically pertinent surfaces, such as metals or silica, using computer simulations. New methods for predicting properties of magnetic molecules are also under development, and will eventually be applied to help guide the synthesis of improved single-molecule magnets. Students working with Dr. Bates learn the basics of Linux, as well as the Python programing language and several modelling software, in order to carry out quantum chemical simulations on powerful computers.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Chemistry

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2965

Office address
GWH 413