Visiting Assistant Professor
Science Center 186
B.S. in Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University
B.S. in Secondary Education, Eastern Illinois University
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Purdue University
Postdoctoral Associate, Purdue University
I have taught Physical Chemistry: Atoms, Molecules, and Spectroscopy (CHEM 044) and Physical Chemistry: Energy and Change (CHEM 045). I will be teaching General Chemistry (CHEM 010) in the fall and in the spring I will teach CHEM 045 again.
My research focuses on spectroscopy and photochemistry of molecules found in the interstellar medium. In space, small molecules are constantly bombarded by cosmic rays, ionizing radiation and a wide range of electromagnetic radiation, which lead to free radical species that react with other interstellar species to form larger molecules. Ultraviolet lasers are used in the lab to photochemically generate reactive molecules found in the interstellar medium and are studied by spectroscopy to characterize their structure and dynamics. Computation chemistry suites are used to further elucidate the structure of these molecules and their respective potential energy surfaces. The goal of this work is to better understand how large, complex molecules can be formed in the interstellar medium.
Newby Research Lab
J. J. Newby, M. A. Legg, B. Rogers, M. J. Wirth, Annealing of silica to reduce the concentration of isolated silanols and peak tailing in reverse phase liquid chromatography. J. Chromatogr. A. 1218 (2011) 5131-5135.
C. W. Müller, J. J. Newby, C. P. Liu, C. P. Rodrigo, T. S. Zwier. Duschinsky mixing between four non-totally symmetric normal coordinates in the S1-S0 vibronic structure of phenylvinylacetylene: A quantitative analysis. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12 (2010) 2331-2343.
J. J. Newby, C. P. Liu, C. W. Müller, W. H. James III, E. G. Buchanan, H D. Lee, T. S. Zwier, Spectroscopic characterization of structural isomers of naphthalene II: Z-Phenylvinylacetylene, J. Phys. Chem. A. 114 (2010) 3190-3198.
J. J. Newby, C. W. Müller , C. P. Liu, H. D. Lee, T. S. Zwier, Probing E/Z isomerization of the C10H8 potential energy surface with ultraviolet population transfer spectroscopy, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (2010) 1611-1620.
J. J. Newby, C. Müller, C. P. Liu, T. S. Zwier, Jet-cooled vibronic spectroscopy of potential intermediates along the pathway to PAH: Phenylcyclopentadi-1,3-ene, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11 (2009) 8316-8329.