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Christopher J. Stromberg CV


August 2011
Present Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

August 2011
Present Associate Professor of Chemistry, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

August 2005- July 2011
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland


July 2003- June 2005
Pomona College, Claremont, California
Robbins Teaching/Research Fellow
Teaching Post-doc

September 1998- June 2003
Stanford University, Stanford, California
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry

August 1994- June 1998
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota
B.A. Summa Cum Laude
Majors in Chemistry and Computer Science
Minors in Mathematics and Music

Teaching Experience

Hood College

CHEM 101 – General Chemistry I
Fall 2007-2009

CHEM 102 – General Chemistry II
Spring 2006-2007

CHEM 270 – Chemical Literature
Spring 2008-2009, 2011, 2012

CHEM 405 – Inorganic Chemistry
Fall 2010

CHEM 431 – Physical Chemistry I
Fall 2005 – 2011

CHEM 432 – Physical Chemistry II
Spring 2006 – 2012

CHEM 433 – Physical Chemistry I Lab
Fall 2005 – 2011

CHEM 434 – Physical Chemistry II Lab
Spring 2006 -2012

CHEM 470 – Senior Seminar
Spring 2008-2009, 2011, 2012

Research Experience

Hood College

My current research program involves the spectroscopic study of novel bio-mimetic catalysts for the production of molecular hydrogen.  These compounds are analogs to the Fe-Fe hydrogenases found in certain archaebacteria.  We are synthesizing and studying these compounds using infrared and Raman spectroscopies to investigate the vibrational frequencies in the molecules.  Varying the ligands around the active site of these catalysts changes their electronic properties (and thus their catalytic behavior).  These changes will be probed through the ligand-dependent changes in the vibrational frequencies of the molecules.  In addition, we are using ultrafast time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy to study the redistribution of energy in these molecules when pumped with UV or visible light.  These time-resolved techniques will give further insight into the electronic properties of the active site and, therefore, insight into the catalytic properties of the molecules.  We are carrying out these time-resolved studies in conjunction with Dr. Edwin Heilweil at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

I am also pursing research at the intersection of chemistry with art and archaeology.  In particular, I have been working with Dr. Jennifer Ross in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Hood College to use Raman spectroscopy to potentially identify the sources of ancient obsidian samples.  I have also been working with Dr. Barbara Berrie at the National Gallery of Art, using spectroscopy to study the properties of gel-based systems used in the cleaning of artwork.

Pomona College

With Professor Fred Grieman

At Pomona College, Professor Grieman and I, along with three undergraduate researchers, studied the electronic spectrum of dimethyl metal ions (primarily dimethylcadmium and dimethylzinc).  The gaseous metal compounds were vibrationally and rotationally cooled through a free jet expansion.  They were then ionized by an electron beam, and the subsequent emission was dispersed in a monochromator and collected on a CCD.

The spectra were quite complicated, but assignments were facilitated by comparison with spectra that were further rotationally cooled, due to the presence of helium in the system.  Gaussian calculations were also used to assist in the assignments.

Stanford University

Advisor:  Professor Michael Fayer

At Stanford, I studied complex systems using ultrafast infrared laser techniques.  For this, I used two laser systems.  The first, used to perform pump-probe experiments on tungsten hexacarbonyl in the collisionless gas phase, was a home-built Rhodamine 610 dye laser pumped with a home-built mode-locked, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.

The second laser system used a diode-pumped Ti:Sapphire oscillator to seed a YLF pumped Ti:Sapphire regenerative amplifier.  The output of the regen was then sent to an OPA, where ultrafast (<50 fs at 4 microns) tunable infrared laser pulses were generated.  We then used these ultrafast pulses to perform multi-dimensional IR experiments that are the vibrational equivalent of multi-dimensional NMR techniques.  We studied vibrational dynamics in hydrogen-bonded systems such as methanol and water.  I also gained significant experience doing data analysis, computer calculation, and computerized instrument control through LabView.


Vibrational Dynamics in Complex Systems Investigated with Non-Linear Ultrafast Infrared Techniques
Advisor:  Professor Michael D. Fayer

Honors and Distinctions

March 2009
Elected to Alpha Lambda Delta

May 2008
Elected to Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society.

June 2003
Annual Reviews Prize in Physical Chemistry

September 2000-August 2001
Stanford Chemistry Department Fellowship

May 2000
Graduate Service Award
For outstanding commitment to enhancing graduate student life and for fostering a spirit of community among graduate students at Stanford University.

April 2000
Alpha Phi Omega – Zeta Chapter Distinguished Service Key
For extraordinary and longstanding commitment to the principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service within the Chapter.

April 1997
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
In recognition of high attainments in liberal scholarship.

University and Community Service

Hood College

August 2011- Present
Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics

August 2012- Present
Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees Institutional Advancement Committee

October 2010- Present
Co-Chair, Phi Beta Kappa Exploratory Committee
A group of current Phi Beta Kappa members were asked to research the possibility of applying for a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Hood.

August 2010- Present
Advisor, Gamma Sigma Epsilon
Gamma Sigma Epsilon is the Chemistry Honors Society at Hood College.

August 2010- May 2012
Member, Curriculum Committee
The curriculum committee is charged with overseeing the curriculum at Hood College, including reviewing and approving course proposals and recommending new majors and programs to the Faculty.

September 2009- May 2011
President, Hood College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

September 2008- September 2009
Faculty Vice President, Hood College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
The Hood College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi promotes high scholastic standards at Hood College, as well as overseeing the Phi Kappa Phi Research Grant for students performing honors research.

August 2006-May 2010
Member, Academic Judicial Council
Council is responsible for overseeing the Hood Honor Code and adjudicating Honor Code cases.

August 2006- May 2010
Advisor, Free Radicals
The Free Radicals is Hood College's Chemistry Club and American Chemical Society affiliate.

April 2007- June 2008
Member, Academic Standards and Policy Committee
Committee monitors the academic progress of students and reviews requests for changes in academic policies and procedures throughout the college.

February 2006- May 2007
Member, Quantitative Reasoning Task Force
Task force is responsible for recommending changes to the curriculum to reinforce quantitative reasoning and quantitative literacy across the curriculum

February 2006- May 2006
Outside Member, Computer Science Search Committee
Assisted the Computer Science Department in searches to fill multiple tenure-track positions.

Alpha Phi Omega (National, Co-educational Service Fraternity)

July 2007- Present
Member of National Leadership Development Training Staff
Train new presenters for leadership development courses.

December 2012- Present
Member of National Leadership Development Staff
Present leadership development workshops to members of the Fraternity.

July 2006- February 2009
Explore Coordinator
Organized the presentations of Explore leadership development courses nationwide.

Evangelical Lutheran Church

December 2006- Present
Member, Youth Committee
Coordinates and oversees all youth activities for the church, setting and monitoring budgets for these activities, and providing assistance to the Youth Ministry staff.

October 2007- October 2009
Served as President of both Church Council and Congregation. Set agenda for and presided over Council and Congregational meetings.

October 2006- October 2009
Member, Church Council
Oversight body for all aspects of congregational life, including responsibilities for setting and overseeing congregational budget.

External Grants and Awards

July 2009- June 2011
NIST Measurement, Science, and Engineering Research Grant
PI, Cooperative Agreement 70NANB9H9125, Award Amount: $35,000
Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy of Bio-Mimetic Catalysts for Hydrogen Production
Extended previous work with undergraduates on [FeFe]-hydrogenase model compounds to include additional compounds and wavelength regions.

February 2009- January 2012
NSF-Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program
Co-PI, DUE-0836771, Award Amount: $137,000
Increasing Student Understanding of Separation Science Through Addition of LC/MS into the Chemistry Curriculum
Purchased an LC/MS instrument and implemented experiments throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

February 2007- January 2010
NSF-Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program
PI, DUE-0632829, Award Amount: $150,000
Introduction of Raman Spectroscopy to the Undergraduate Curriculum
Purchased a Raman spectrometer and implemented experiments using this instrument in courses from General Chemistry to Physical Chemistry. Experiments build off of each other and increase in depth and complexity through the program.

July 2007- June 2009
NIST Measurement, Science, and Engineering Research Grant
PI, Cooperative Agreement 70NANB7H6135, Award Amount: $22,000
Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy of Bio-Mimetic Catalysts for Hydrogen Production
Worked with undergraduate students to study model compounds of [FeFe]-hydrogenases using IR, Raman, THz, and ultrafast UV- or visible-pump, IR-probe techniques.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Bingaman, J. L.; Kohnhorst, C. L.; Van Meter, G. A.; McElroy, B. A.; Rakowski, E. A.; Caplins, B. C.; Gutowski, T. A.; Stromberg, C. J.; Webster, C. E.; Heilweil, E. J., Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy of [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Model Compounds. Journal of Physical Chemistry 2012, 116 (27), 7261-7271.

Borgsmiller, K. L.; O’Connell, D. J.; Klauenberg, K. M.; Wilson, P. M.; Stromberg, C. J., Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy: A Discovery-Based Activity for the General Chemistry Curriculum. Journal of Chemical Education 2012, 89 (3), 365-369.

Stromberg, C. J.; Kohnhorst, C. L.; Van Meter, G. A.; Rakowski, E. A.; Caplins, B. C.; Gutowski, T. A.; Mehalko, J. L.; Heilweil, E. J., Terahertz, infrared and Raman vibrational assignments of [FeFe]-hydrogenase model compounds. Vibrational Spectroscopy 2011, 56 (2), 219-227.

Asbury, J. B.; Steinel, T.; Stromberg, C.; Corcelli, S. A.; Lawrence, C. P.; Skinner, J. L.; Fayer, M. D., Water Dynamics: Vibrational Echo Correlation Spectroscopy and Comparison to Molecular Dynamics Simulations. J. Phys. Chem. A 2004, 108 (7), 1107-1119.

Asbury, J. B.; Steinel, T.; Stromberg, C.; Gaffney, K. J.; Piletic, I. R.; Fayer, M. D., Hydrogen bond breaking probed with multidimensional stimulated vibrational echo correlation spectroscopy. J. Chem. Phys. 2003, 119 (24), 12981-12997.

Asbury, J. B.; Steinel, T.; Stromberg, C.; Gaffney, K. J.; Piletic, I. R.; Goun, A.; Fayer, M. D., Hydrogen Bond Dynamics Probed with Ultrafast Infrared Heterodyne-Detected Multidimensional Vibrational Stimulated Echoes. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2003, 91 (23), 237402.

Asbury, J. B.; Steinel, T.; Stromberg, C.; Gaffney, K. J.; Piletic, I. R.; Goun, A.; Fayer, M. D., Ultrafast heterodyne detected infrared multidimensional vibrational stimulated echo studies of hydrogen bond dynamics. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2003, 374 (3-4), 362-371.

Levinger, N. E.; Davis, P. H.; Behera, P. K.; Myers, D. J.; Stromberg, C.; Fayer, M. D., Isomerization and intermolecular solute--solvent interactions of ethyl isocyanate: Ultrafast infrared vibrational echoes and linear vibrational spectroscopy. The Journal of Chemical Physics 2003, 118 (3), 1312-1326.

Stromberg, C.; Myers, D. J.; Fayer, M. D., Vibrational dynamics of large hot molecules in the collisionless gas phase. J. Chem. Phys. 2002, 116 (9), 3540-3553.

Myers, D. J.; Shigeiwa, M.; Stromberg, C.; Fayer, M. D.; Cherayil, B. J., Temperature dependence of solute vibrational relaxation in supercritical fluids:  experiment and theory. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2000, 325, 619-626.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Stromberg, C., Richard L. Liboff: Primer for Point and Space Groups Springer, 2004. 220 pp (ISBN 0-387-40248-9) US $59.95. Theoretical Chemistry Accounts: Theory, Computation, and Modeling (Theoretica Chimica Acta) 2006, 115 (1), 72-72.

Stromberg, C., Martirossian, N., Kuhnert, S., Medina Espinoza, J. A., Primerano, P., Hannona, S., Ndayiragise, T., and Nazarko, L., Young Leaders On-Line: An On-Line Toolkit for Young Leaders on the Internet, [No longer available online] (2002).

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Council on Undergraduate Research
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Beta Kappa