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Dr. Nicholas Mosey

Currently, I am serving as the Associate Dean of Research, in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University. I am an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Chemistry, and I also oversee students working in the Mosey Group, where our research focuses on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.

After earning my BSc and PhD from the University of Western Ontario, I completed my Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Princeton University in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.  I have been at Queen’s University since 2008, and have been an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry since 2014.

I consider teaching to be an important part of my position as a professor. Over the years, I have taught at levels ranging from first-year undergraduate through graduate courses. The courses I teach are mostly based on general chemistry, quantum mechanics, computational chemistry, or numerical methods. In all cases, I strive to make clear connections between the material presented in class and the chemical concepts learned in other classes. Members of the Mosey Group also teach as teaching assistants in various undergraduate courses, particularly those involving elements of theoretical or computational chemistry.

In the Mosey Group, our research focuses on developing chemical simulation methods and using chemical simulation as a tool for gaining atomic-level insights into the properties and behaviour of molecules and materials. Our method development efforts focus on techniques for accelerating molecular dynamics simulations, developing constitutive models to describe experimental beahviour, and interpreting the changes in electronic structure that occur during reactions. Our applied research is aimed at understanding the interplay between mechanical forces and chemical reactions, with specific attention directed to the areas of tribology and electrocatalysis.

The research pursued by our group involves a high degree of integration between method development, application, and high-performance computing. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of our work, researchers in the group obtain a well-rounded background in theoretical and computational chemistry.