Dr. Patricia Ann Snyder

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D., University of California at San Diego

Contact Information
Office: PS 336C
Phone: (561) 297-3339
Email: snyder@fau.edu

Research Interests

Physical Chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy (Vacuum Ultraviolet Region), Electronic Structure of Molecules, Molecular Modeling: The electronic structure of molecules determines all of their chemistry. Absorption, natural circular dichroism, and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy are used to investigate the electronic structure of “building block” molecules in the vacuum ultraviolet region. The experimental results are compared to theoretical calculations.  These investigations expand our knowledge of both molecular electronic structure of molecules and theoretical methods. 

Recent Selected Publications

A Practical Guide to Magnetic Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy.”  Journal of the American Chemical Society 129, 14831-14832 (2007).

Ethylene, Experimental Evidence for New Assignments of Electronic Transitions in the π => π* Energy Region. Absorption and Magnetic Circular Dichroism Measurements with Synchrotron Radiation.” Journal of the Physical Chemistry 108A, 4194 (2004).

The First use of Synchrotron Radiation for Vacuum Ultraviolet Circular Dichroism  Measurements." Nuclear Instruments and Methods 172, 345 (1980).

Award and Recognition

The first woman hired for a tenure earning line in the Department of Chemistry, Florida Atlantic University.

Chosen by the Florida Atlantic University students in the College of Science  as the Distinguished Teacher for 2001 as well as in two previous years for a total of three times.

Teaching Incentive Performance Award, Florida Atlantic University

Other Information

  • Professional Memberships

          American Chemical Society

           Sigma XI