Dr. Rebecca Peebles

***Always Under Construction***

Link to Canadian Light Source Spectra

Current Courses: (see WebCT for course web pages)

Chem 1410, General Chemistry II

Chem 1415, General Chemistry II Lab

Previous Courses:

Chem 1310, General Chemistry 1

Chem 1390, Honors General Chemistry I

Chem 1395, Honors General Chemistry I Lab

Chem 1410, General Chemistry II

Chem 3920, Quantum Chemistry

Chem 5250, Kinetics and Molecular Dynamics

Chem 3910, Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Chem 1490, Honors General Chemistry 2

Chem 1315G, General Chemistry 1 Lab

Chem 2040G, Practical Chemistry

Other Links:

Dr. Peebles' Schedule (including office hours)


Research Interests

Construction of a Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer at EIU - documents the construction of the CRDS spectrometer at EIU (lots of pictures)

I am interested in several different types of spectroscopy. My doctoral research focused on microwave spectroscopy of weakly bound dimers and trimers, an area that I have been able to pursue at EIU in collaboration with Dr. Sean Peebles's group. Other interests involve the use of vibrational spectroscopy to investigate various environmental problems. Cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) is a relatively new and very sensitive spectroscopic technique which is extremely versatile. It's high sensitivity allows the study of species in very low concentrations and also makes the observation of very weak spectroscopic transitions possible. Another interest is infrared photodissociation spectroscopy (IRPDS) which is used to study complexes that contain ionic species. At EIU, I will be setting up a CRDS system with which I will investigate clusters containing sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides as well as water and other small molecules.



B.A. Chemistry (High honors), Oberlin College, 1996

Research - Professor Norman Craig


Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Michigan, 2000

Advisor - Professor Robert Kuczkowski


Visiting Assistant Professor (Physical Chemistry), Canisius College, 2000 - 2001

Visiting Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University, 2001 - 2004

Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University, August 2004 -


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