Saint Louis University

Charles C. Kirkpatrick, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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201 Monsanto Hall

Career History

Associate Professor of Chemistry (1999-present)
Dean, Parks College of Engineering and Aviation (1994-2003)
Chair, Parks College Department of Science and Mathematics (1993-1994)
Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics (1991-1999)
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics (1985-1991)
Scientific Programmer, Parks College (1984-1985)
Senior Research Chemist, Dow Chemical-Louisiana (1982-1984)


Indiana University--Bloomington, PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, 1982
University of Missouri--Columbia, BS in Chemistry, 1978
Additional courses in mathematics and computer science completed at University of Missouri--St. Louis and Louisiana State University


Computational methods exist for accurately predicting properties in species containing covalent interactions. The accurate computation of the energies of weak forces, however, is more challenging and at the center of our efforts. The weak intermolecular forces of interest fall into two categories: (1) ion-neutral gas interactions and (2) interactions between aromatics and ionic or neutral species. Both of these systems share the problem of computing accurate energies within the limits of modern hardware and software resources. We use GAUSSIAN, GAMESS, NWChem, SAPT, and other programs on high performance systems for this work.

Additional computational projects include (1) modeling of the physiochemical properties of organometallic compounds, and (2) design and implementation of searchable databases containing RNA structural information.