Benjamin Knurr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

508-767-7381 Testa Science Center - Room 210

Degrees Earned

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Chemical Physics, 2014
B.A., Macalester College, Chemistry, 2009

Undergraduate Courses Taught

General Chemistry I − CHE 131
General Chemistry II − CHE 132
Physical Chemistry I − CHE 311
Physical Chemistry II − CHE 312

Publications & Editorships

Knurr B.J., Weber J.M., “Structures of [CoO(CO2)n]− and [NiO(CO2)n]− Clusters studied by Infrared Spectroscopy”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2015, 119, p. 843 - 850

Knurr B.J., Weber J.M., “Structural Diversity of Copper-CO2 complexes ? Infrared Spectra and structures of [Cu(CO2)n]− Clusters”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118, p. 10246- 10251

Knurr B.J., Weber J.M., “Interaction of Nickel with Carbon Dioxide in [Ni(CO2)n]− Clusters Stud- ied by Infrared Spectroscopy”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118, p. 8753-8757

Christopher C.R., Lee S.Y., Gwandu F.B., Matsumoto A.J., Knurr B.J., Mahle, T.K., Morrow Z.W., Varberg T.D., “Rotational and Hyperfine Analysis of the E-2 Pi(1/2)-X-2 Delta(3/2) electronic Transition of TaO”, J. Mol. Spec. 2014, 301, p. 25-27

Knurr B.J., Weber J.M., “Infrared Spectra and Structures of Anionic Complexes of Cobalt with Carbon Dioxide Ligands”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118, p. 4056-4062

Knurr B.J., Weber J.M., “Solvent-Mediated Reduction of Carbon Dioxide in Anionic Complexes with Silver Atoms”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2013, 117, p. 10764-10771

Knurr B.J., McCoy A.B., Weber J.M., “Vibrationally Induced Charge Transfer in a Bimolecular Model Complex in vacuo”, J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 138, p. 224301

Knurr B.J., Weber J.M., “Solvent-Driven Reductive Activation of Carbon Dioxide by Gold Anions”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, p. 18804-18808

Knurr B.J., Adams C.L., Weber J.M., “Infrared Spectroscopy of Hydrated Naphthalene Cluster Anions”, J. Chem. Phys. 2012, 137, p. 104303

Adams C.L., Knurr B.J., Weber J.M., “Photoelectron Spectroscopy of 1-Nitropropane and 1- Nitrobutane Anions”, J. Chem. Phys. 2012, 136, p. 064307

Knurr B.J., Butler E.K., Varberg T.D., “Electronic Spectrum of AuF: Hyperfine Structure of the [17.7]1 State”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2009, 113, p. 13428-13435

Presentations

“Unraveling the Binding Motifs of CO2 in [Co(CO2)n]−, [CoO(CO2)n]− and [Cu(CO2)n]− Clusters,” (poster) Gordon Research Conference Molecular and Ionic Clusters, Barga, Italy, April 2014 

“Probing Solvation Effects on CO2 Reduction in Metal CO2 Anionic Clusters,” (oral - invited) Gordon Research Seminar Molecular and Ionic Clusters, Barga, Italy, April 2014 

“IR Spectroscopy of [Ag·(CO2)n]− Clusters: Reduction of CO2 Mediated by Solvent Interactions,” (oral) The Ohio State International Symposium on Spectroscopy, Columbus, OH, June 2013 

“Infrared Spectra of [Ag·(CO2)n]−: Implications for Reductive Activation of CO2,” (poster) Gordon Research Conference Molecular Interactions, Galveston, TX, February 2013 

“Reductive Activation of CO2 Mediated by Solvent Interactions in [Au(CO2)n]− and [Ag(CO2)n]− Clusters,” (poster) JILA 50 Year Anniversary Celebration, Boulder, CO, June 2012 

“IR Spectroscopy of Au−·(CO2)n Clusters: Strong Cluster Size Dependence of Metal - Ligand Interaction,” (oral) The Ohio State International Symposium on Spectroscopy, Columbus, OH, June 2012 

“IR Spectroscopy of Au−·(CO2)n Clusters: Strong Cluster Size Dependence of Metal - Ligand Interaction,” (poster) Molecular and Ionic Clusters Gordon Research Conference, Ventura, CA, January 2012 

“Vibrationally Induced Charge Transfer Reaction In CH3NO−2 ·CH3I Clusters,” (oral) The Ohio State International Symposium on Spectroscopy, Columbus, OH, June 2011

Grants and Awards

Gillman Award for Outstanding TA Leadership, 2010-2011

Graduate Teaching Excellence Award 2010

Graduate Teaching Excellence Award 2009