Maria Alexandra Gomez

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Specialization
Computational and theoretical chemistry

Maria Gomez's research interests lie in developing simulation techniques for proton conducting materials. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Chemical Physics and the Journal of Physical Chemistry, among others.

Gomez is the principal investigator on a two-year grant from the Petroleum Research Foundation to study proton conduction in perovskite oxides. She is also among a group of investigators that received a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant providing computing resources for MERCURY (Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry). The consortium sponsored the first national conference devoted to undergraduate computational chemistry.

During the fall of her 2005-2006 sabbatical, Gomez will continue investigations on proton conduction with undergraduate researchers at Mount Holyoke. In the spring, she will join a research team at Los Alamos National Laboratories to investigate the human immune response to beryllium.

Gomez has taught general chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, simulating chemistry, biochemistry and materials science, as well as a J-term course on using spectroscopy to analyze paintings.

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