Steven Shipman

Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry; Leonard Florsheim Chair - Chemistry - Environmental Studies - Gender Studies - Interdisciplinary Programs - Natural Sciences

Steven Shipman
  • Phone: (941) 487-4450
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  • Office Location: HNS 211A
  • Mail Location: Heiser E172C

Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry

Ph.D.,University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Rice University

Professor Shipman teaches courses, labs, and tutorials in physical chemistry. He is interested in spectroscopy of all types. His current research is in the area of rotational (microwave) spectroscopy, which he uses to study the structure and dynamics of small molecules at room temperature. In addition to revealing fundamental information about small molecules in general, these spectroscopic studies are also intended to aid radio astronomers in their search for complex molecules in interstellar space. As part of his research Professor Shipman also makes extensive use of modern methods in computational chemistry which he also incorporates into his teaching.

Selected Publications

Kroll, J.A.; Shipman, S.T.; Widicus Weaver, S.L. “The rotational spectrum of methyl ethyl ketone in its ground vibrational state”, J. Mol. Spec., 2014, 295, 52.

Finneran, I.A.; Shipman, S.T.; Widicus Weaver, S.L. “Rotational spectroscopy of 2-methylfuran from 8.7 to 960 GHz”, J. Mol. Spec., 2012, 280, 27.

Reinhold, B.; Finneran, I.A.; Shipman, S.T. “Room temperature chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy of anisole”, J. Mol. Spec., 2011, 270, 89.

Neill, J.L.; Shipman, S.T.; Alvarez-Valtierra, L.; Lesarri, A.; Kisiel, Z.; Pate, B.H. “Rotational spectroscopy of iodobenzene and iodobenzene-neon with a direct digital 2-8 GHz chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectrometer”, J. Mol. Spec., 2011, 269, 21.

Shipman, S.T. and Pate, B.H. “New Techniques in Microwave Spectroscopy” in M. Quack & F. Merkt (Eds.), Handbook of High-Resolution Spectroscopy (Wiley), 2011, 801.

Shipman, S.T.; Neill, J.L.; Suenram, R.D.; Muckle, M.T.; Pate, B.H. “Structure Determination of Strawberry Aldehyde by Broadband Microwave Spectroscopy: Conformational Stabilization by Dispersive Interactions”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2011, 2, 443.

Lesarri, A.; Shipman, S.T.; Neill, J.L.; Brown, G.G.; Suenram, R.D.; Kang, L.; Caminati, W.; Pate, B.H. “Interplay of phenol and isopropyl isomerism in propofol from broadband chirped-pulse microwave spectroscopy,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 13417.

Kisiel, Z.; Dorosh, O.; Maeda, A.; Medvedev, I.R.; De Lucia, F.C.; Herbst, E.; Drouin, B.J.; Pearson, J.C.; Shipman, S.T. “Determination of precise relative energies of conformers of n-propanol by rotational spectroscopy” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., (2010), 12, 8329.

Kisiel, Z.; Krasnicki, A.; Pszczolkowski, L.; Shipman, S.T.; Alvarez-Valtierra, L.; Pate, B.H. “Assignment and analysis of the rotational spectrum of bromoform enabled by broadband FTMW spectroscopy” J. Mol. Spec., (2009), 257, 177.

Suenram, R.D.; Pate, B.H.; Lesarri, A.; Neill, J.L.; Shipman, S.; Holmes, R.A.; Leyden, M.C.; Craig, N.C. “Semiexperimental equilibrium structure for the C6 backbone of cis-1,3,5-hexatriene; Structural evidence for greater pi-electron delocalization with increasing chain length in polyenes” J. Phys. Chem. A, (2009), 113, 1864