Richard Dawes

120C Schrenk Hall

400 W. 11th ST

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, MO 65409-0010

(573) 341-4451


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Dawes Research Group

Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

The development of accurate potential energy surfaces used to predict and understand molecular spectroscopy and dynamics is a main area of research in the Dawes group.

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News and Events


  • December 2016 - Welcome to new postdoc Dr. Ernesto Quintas Sánchez







  • October 2015 - Congratulations to Dr. Phalgun Lolur for his successful thesis defense. Phalgun has joined the group of Dr. William H. Green at MIT as a postdoc.
  • August 2015 - Two new graduate students join the group. Welcome to Sangeeta Sur and Bradley Welch.









  • Phalgun Lolur is awarded the prize for best theory poster presentation by a graduate student.


















  • June 2015 - Group trip to International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS) in Champaign-Urbana, IL.










  • November 2014 - Group trip to France
  • The group recently traveled to France on an NSF funded trip to visit the research groups of Vladimir Tyuterev (Reims) and Fabien Gatti (Montpellier).














Recent and Upcoming Presentations




  • Theoretical Studies of Spectroscopy and Dynamics, (Paris-Saclay, Feb 20, 2017; Le Havre, Feb 23, 2017)



  • Automated construction of PESs for Intermolecular Interactions, TSRC Workshop, Picos de Europa, Spain,



  • Organizer of Telluride Workshop: New Challenges for Theory in Chemical Dynamics, Jan 15-19, 2018







  • Theoretical Studies of Spectroscopy and Dynamics using Interpolated Potential Energy Surfaces, Invited talk, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, February 26, 2016.








  • Construction of Potential Energy Surfaces for Excited Electronic States, Invited talk, National ACS meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015.


  • Construction of Potential Energy Surfaces for Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Invited talk, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO, March 20, 2015.


  • Electronic Structure and Potential Fitting Methods Suitable for Multistate Reactive Surfaces, Invited talk, National APS meeting, San Antonio, TX, March 2, 2015


  • Potential Energy Surfaces for Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Invited talk, Université Montpellier, France, November 24, 2014.




Phalgun Lolur presents his work on halocarbenes.

Richard Dawes gives the Flygare award lecture.