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




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 Member 2014

Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching 2013

Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Alberta 2012

Graduate Student Association, Graduate Student Supervisor Award 2012

Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award 2007-2009

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)
  • 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 


Aerobic Solid State Red Phosphorescence from Benzobismole Monomers and Patternable Self‐Assembled Block Copolymers

Author(s): S.M. Parke, E. Hupf, G.K. Matharu, I. de Aguiar, L. Xu, H. Yu, M.P. Boone, G. L. C. de Souza, R. McDonald, M.J. Ferguson, G. He, A. Brown, E. Rivard
Publication: Angew. Chimie Int. Ed
Volume: 57
Issue: 45
Page Numbers: 14841-14846
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Why Do TD-DFT Excitation Energies of BODIPY/Aza-BODIPY Families Largely Deviate from Experiment? Answers from Electron Correlated and Multireference Methods

Author(s): M.R. Momeni and Alex Brown
Publication: J. Chem. Theory Compute.
Volume: 11
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 2619-2632
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Two-photon absorption properties of gold fluorescent protein: A combined molecular dynamics and quantum mechanical study

Author(s): Y. Simsek and A. Brown
Publication: J. Phys. Chem. B
Volume: 122
Issue: 22
Page Numbers: 5738-5748
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Neural Network Exponential Fitting of a Potential Energy Surface with Multiple Minima: Application to HONO

Author(s): E. Pradhan and A. Brown
Publication: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
Volume: 19
Page Numbers: 22272-22281
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Determination of Two-photon Absorption Cross-sections using Time-dependent Density Functional Theory Tight-binding: Application to Fluorescent Protein Chromophores

Author(s): M. Rossano-Tapia and A. Brown
Publication: J. Chem. Theory. Comput.
Volume: 15
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 3153-3161
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