Alex Brown, PhD

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

Associate Chair-Undergraduate, 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 


CHEM 371 - Energetics of Chemical Reactions

A study of the implications of the laws of thermodynamics for transformations of matter including phase changes, chemical reactions, and biological processes. Topics include: thermochemistry; entropy change and spontaneity of processes; activity and chemical potential; chemical and phase equilibria; properties of solutions; simple one- and two-component phase diagrams. The conceptual development of thermodynamic principles from both macroscopic and molecular levels, and the application of these principles to systems of interest to chemists, biochemists, and engineers will be emphasized. Note: This course may not be taken for credit if credit has already been received in CHEM 271. Prerequisites: CHEM 102 or 105; MATH 101 or 115 or 136 or 146. Engineering students who take this course will receive *4.5.

Fall Term 2020

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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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