Alex Brown, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
Chair, Faculty of Science - Chemistry


Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
(780) 492-1854
W4-70D Chemistry Centre - West
11227 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G2

Chair, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
(780) 492-3249
E3-38B Chemistry Centre - East
11227 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G2




PhD (Chemistry), University of Western Ontario 1997

BSc (Chemical Physics), University of Waterloo 1992


Teacher of The Year Award, Chemistry Students' Society 2014-2015

Faculty of Science, Teaching Honor Roll, Lifetime Member2014

Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching 2013

Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Alberta2012

Graduate Student Association, Graduate Student Supervisor Award 2012

Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award2007-2009

Award for Teaching Excellence from the Chemistry Students' Association 2006-2007

Award for Teaching Excellence from the Chemistry Students' Association  2003-2004


  • Theoretical/computational studies of molecular photochemistry and laser control
  • Computational design of small-molecule biofluorophores
  • Photochemistry and photophysics of fluorescent proteins and their chromophores
  • Understanding of novel bonding and structure in inorganic materials (collaboration with E. Rivard)
  • Study of asphaltene-model compounds and non-covalent interactions
  • Molecular quantum dynamics (using MCTDH)
  • Optimal control theory for laser control



CHEM 681/405: Quantum Mechanics for Chemistry (Winter)

Previous Courses Taught

CHEM 371: Energetics of Chemical Reactions

CHEM 282: Atomic and Molecular Structure

CHEM 102/105: Introductory Chemistry II 

Featured Publications

Rodrigo A. Mendes, Victor A. S. da Mata, Alex Brown, Gabriel L. C. de Souza

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2024 January; 10.1039/D3CP04412B

Iuri N. Soares, Luís M.C. Ferreira, Mônica H.M.T. Assumpção, Alex Brown, Fernando C. Vicentini, Gabriel L.C. de Souza

Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. 2023 December; 10.1016/j.jece.2023.111244

S. Parshotam, B. Rehl, A. Brown, J.M. Gibbs

J. Chem. Phys. . 2023 November; 159 (20): 204707 10.1063/5.0172667

I.N. Soares, L.M.C. Ferreira, M.H.M.T. Assumpção, A. Brown, F.C. Vicentini, G.L.C. de Souza

J. Environ. Chem. Eng.. 2023 October; 11 (6):111224 10.1016/j.jece.2023.111244

M.N. Ashani, Q. Huang, A.M. Flowers, A. Brown, A. Aerts, A. Otero-de-la-Roza, and G.A. DiLabio

J. Phys. Chem. A. 2023 September; 127 (38):8015-8024 10.1021/acs.jpca.3c04558

N.J. King and A. Brown

Energy Fuels. 2023 August; 37 (17):12796–12810 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.3c01929

I. Elayan and A. Brown

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.. 2023 June; 25 (25):16772-16780 10.1039/D3CP00723E

S. Parshotam, W. Zhang, B. Rehl, A. Darlington, Md. D. H. Sikder, A. Brown, and J. M. Gibbs

J. Phys. Chem. C. 2023 May; 127 (17):8389–8398 10.1021/acs.jpcc.3c02171

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