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Alex Brown, PhD

Professor, Associate Chair (Undergraduate)



About Me


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