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Thomas Moffett

Lecturer of Chemistry General Chemistry, Chemistry Seminar, Science Van Project

Tom came to SUNY Plattsburgh in August 2000, after having previously been employed at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as a temporary instructor. In 1999, Tom received an M.S. in Physical Chemistry from nearby Clarkson University. He also earned his B.S. at Clarkson in 1996. Tom’s interests are in General Chemistry and Chemical Education. Tom has developed experiments for use with our wired laboratories (Hudson Annex 206 & 208). The wired lab includes software for both traditional experiments as well as molecular modeling capabilities.

Tom’s research focused on electronic structure calculations on molecules containing radon and its decay products (MgRn+, PoO2, and PoN2). Tom’s research involved a variety of ab initio methods and utilizes several computational programs, including Spartan, Gaussian, and the Columbus CI code.

Outside of work Tom’s interests include biathlon (cross country skiing and marksmanship), windsurfing on Lake Champlain, and many other outdoor activities. Tom won the Empire State Games Biathlon Championship in 2001, 2004, and 2005, and had three top 10 finishes in the 2004 U.S. Biathlon World Championship Trials.

Tom at the Saratoga Biathlon

Biathlon Websites developed by Tom

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  • M.S. in Physical Chemistry, Clarkson University
  • B.S., Clarkson University

Teaching Areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Chemistry Seminar

Research Area

  • Electronic structure calculations on molecules containing radon and its decay products (MgRn+, PoO2, and PoN2).

Selected Publications

  • Christiansen, P. A., Moffett, T. M., & DiLabio, G. A. (1999). Potential curves for the Mg + Rn complex including charge-transfer states. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 103(44), 8875–8878.
  • Guo, R., Moffett, T., Compo, M. E., Friberg, S. E., Benton, M., & Wong, R. (1996). The effect ofn-decanol on solubilization of water-in-oil microemulsions and stability of lamellar liquid crystals of alkylphenol ethoxylates. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 73(1), 15–19.
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