Department of Chemistry
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Steven Wheeler
Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3255

P: 979-862-3241
F: 979-845-4719

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Current Activities

We seek to understand the effects that impact the strength and geometry of non-covalent interactions involving aromatic rings (π-stacking interactions, anion-π interactions, etc.) through the application of computational quantum chemistry and to quantify the role of these non-covalent interactions in organic chemistry, materials science, and molecular biology. To this end, we employ computational chemistry methods spanning the full gamut of techniques, ranging from high-accuracy ab initio methods [MP2, CCSD(T), etc] and density functional theory (DFT) to classical molecular dynamics simulations. One of our primary aims is the development of computational and conceptual tools for the rational design of asymmetric organocatalysts and organic electronic materials. To this end, a hallmark of our work is the emphasis on building predictive physical models that are of great utility for chemists.

Educational Background

B. A., 2002, New College of Florida

Ph. D., 2006, University of Georgia

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow 2006-2010, University of California, Los Angeles

Awards & Recognition

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (ACS COMP Division)
  • Presidential Fellow
  • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

Selected Publications

  • S. E. Wheeler and J. W. G. Bloom, "Toward a More Complete Understanding of Noncovalent Interactions Involving Aromatic Rings", J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 6133 (2014).
  • Y. An, R. K. Raju, T. Lu, and S. E. Wheeler, "Aromatic Interactions Modulate the 5'-Base Selectivity of the DNA-binding Autoantibody ED-10", J. Phys. Chem. B 118, 5653 (2014).
  • T. Lu and S. E. Wheeler, "Quantifying the Role of Anion-π Interactions in Anion-π Catalysis", Org. Lett. 16, 3268 (2014).
  • S. E. Wheeler and J. W. G. Bloom, "Anion-π Interactions and Positive Electrostatic Potentials of N-Heterocycles Arise from the Positions of the Nuclei, not Changes in the π-electron Distribution", Chem. Commun. 50, 11118 (2014).
  • T. Lu and S. E. Wheeler, "Origin of the Superior Performance of (Thio)Squaramides over (Thio)Ureas in Organocatalysis", Chem. Eur. J. 19, 15141 (2013).