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James B. Foresman, Ph.D.


  • Post-Doc., Yale University, 1991-93
  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, 1991
  • B.S., Chemistry, Elizabethtown College, 1986


  • Physical Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Computers in Chemistry Seminar
  • Independent Study Projects

Research Interests

  • Simulation of NMR, uv-VIS, IR, and VCD spectra
  • Calibration of theoretical methods by comparison to experiments
  • Solvent-solute interactions
  • Electronically excited states


  • O.F. Stambaugh Chemistry Alumni Award (Elizabethtown College)
  • York College Academic Senate President (2005-2007)
  • Treasurer and Alternate Councilor for the Southeastern PA Section of the American Chemical Society

Recent Publications

  • “Substituent Interactions in Aromatic Rings: Student Exercises Using FT-NMR and Electronic Structure Calculations,” J.B. Foresman and D. D. Clarke, Chapter 12 in “NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum,” Ed. D. Soulsby, L.J. Anna, and A.S. Wallner, (ACS Books, Washington, D.C. 2013).
  • “Solvation of Nitrophenol Isomers: Consequences for Alkane/Water Partitioning,” W.H. Steel, J.B.Foresman, D.K. Burden, Yuen Y.,Lau, and R.A. Walker, J. Phys. Chem. B, 113, 759 (2009).
  • "Assessment of TDDFT for the Calculation of Critical Features in the Absorption Spectra of a Series of Aromatic Donor-acceptor Systems,” C. Jamorski, J.B. Foresman, C. Thilgen, H-P. Luthi, J. Chem.Phys., 116, 8761 (2002).


  • Serves as a reviewer for Journal of Molecular Structure and the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Frequent Lecturer at Gaussian Workshops held around the world
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