Dr. Melissa Reeves

Melissa Reeves, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Phone:  (334) 727-8237
Email:  mreeves@tuskegee.edu

EDUCATION 

Indiana University, Ph.D.,1991, Physical Chemistry
University of Florida, B.S., 1988, Chemistry


AREAS OF INTEREST
Many of Reeves' professional activities combine research and teaching and span the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her current appointment as Director of Undergraduate Research is one example of this integration. She served as the Co-Chair of the annual Undergraduate Science and Engineering Conference at Tuskegee for 2002 and 2003. She has been a coordinator in the CReATE program (Chemistry and Research for the Advancement of Tuskegee-educated Scientists and Engineers), a summer program which trains under-prepared science majors in chemistry and research.
Reeves' teaching interests and innovations have primarily related to the teaching of Physical Chemistry. The use of computers to promote higher-level thinking (according to Bloom's Taxonomy) is the main theme of her work in that area. Following the work of Dr. Theresa Zielinski at Monmouth University, she has promoted the use of Mathcad (a symbolic math program) in the Physical Chemistry curriculum. She has been a member of PCOL, the Physical Chemistry Online Consortium. She has also given training sessions on the Tuskegee campus in the use of Blackboard Course Management software as part of the HHMI faculty development program.
Research in the Reeves group has been in two main areas: ab initio electronic structure calculations and polymer structure and properties prediction. Ab initio electronic structure calculations can be used to determine highly accurate structures, energies, infrared frequencies, NMR chemical shifts, and reactivities of molecules. Using Newtonian mechanics and parametrized force fields, the structure, properties, and differences among various polymers is currently being studied.

SELECTIVE PUBLICATIONS / PATENTS / OTHER SCHOLARSHIP
"Computational Comparison of Isotactic and Syndiotactic Polystyrene and their Alkyl-Substituted Analogs," Danielle L. Hudson, Valerie N. Moses, Melissa S. Reeves, Derrick R. Dean and Adriane G. Ludwick. Polymer Preprints, accepted.

"Molecular modeling of penetrants in polyimides for aerospace applications," Danielle L. Hudson, Jeffrey A. Hinkley, Thomas C. Clancy, and Melissa S. Reeves. Polymer Preprints 44 (2003), 1230.

"Reaction of Formaldehyde at the Ortho- and Para-Positions of Phenol: Exploration of Mechanisms Using Computational Chemistry," A. H. Conner and M. S. Reeves, 1999 Proceedings of the Forest Products Society.

"Atomistic simulation of the cohesive and surface properties of polyethylene and polypropylene." R.B. Ross, M.S. Reeves. Abstract in Volume 81: Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering. Elsevier. 1999.

"Review of ‘Reviews in Computational Chemistry, Volume 11,'" M. S. Reeves, Journal of the American Chemical Society 120 (1998), 9116.

"Three Year Evaluation of General Chemistry Retention Strategies," Barbara G. Rackley, Aaron I. Baba, Adriane G. Ludwick, and Melissa S. Reeves, Abstract in The Journal of the Alabama Academy of Sciences 68 (1997) p. 203.

"Using a Math Program to Study Symmetry of Molecules," Melissa S. Reeves, CHED Newsletter and Abstracts, Spring 1998 "Dallas ACS Meeting," Abstract 658.

"Introduction to Matrices: A Tutorial for Physical Chemists," M. S. Reeves, at the National Science Foundation New Traditions for Physical Chemistry Web Site (http://www.niagara.edu/~tjz/mathcad/mathindx.htm) since September 1, 1997.