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


  • October 2018 - ACS Boston, Organizing Special Symposium on Gas Phase Theory

  • November 2017 - Meeting of regional partners of the Center for High Performance Computing

  • August 2017 - Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Powell for his successful thesis defense. Andrew has joined the group of Dr. Geert-Jan Kroes in Leiden as a postdoc.

  • 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 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.