Dr. Jeremy Kua
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Office: SCST 381
Phone: (619) 260-7970
e-mail Address:

Academic Background
B.A., Reed College
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Diego

Where to find me:
Click here for my timetable this week.
Click here for my general Spring 2016 timetable.

Courses Taught in Spring 2016
CHEM 152    General Chemistry Lecture (2nd semester)
CHEM 312    Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 396W    Course web page will be coming up on Blackboard in late January.

Some Course Web Pages from recent years

Research Interests: Computational Chemistry
Main interest: Self-assembly and Self-organizing systems, Origin of Life Chemistry
Other interests:
   Organometallic catalysis; methane activation.
   Reactions of small molecules on metal surfaces; heterogeneous catalysis; fuel cells.
   Enzyme catalysis; ligand-receptor interactions in proteins.

What is computational chemistry? Look at some of the Introduction links in my Resources for Computational Chemistry page.

What is self-assembly? Here's what Wikipedia says. See some nice pictures and descriptions of self-assembly in the kitchen and more.

Current/potential projects for 2015-16
Interested in working on a research project in computational chemistry? Come by my office and talk to me. [Potential credit for Chem 496 during the semester; funding available during the summer.]

1. Prebiotic chemical reaction mechanisms.
2. Self-Oligomerization reactions of aldehydes.
3. Co-oligomerization of aldehydes, amines and HCN.
4. Developing Group Addivity Rules for Free Energies in Solution.

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External Research funding:
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Faculty Start-up Award (2004-2010)
Research Corporation CCSA (2005-2007)
ACS-Petroleum Research Fund (2007-2010)
Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2011-2016)


Computational Research Experience (i.e., projects I've worked on throughout my career)

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Dr. Jeremy Kua
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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