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Juan Duchimaza Heredia

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Office: WSC 209F

Student Hours: MW 11am-12pm and TTh 3pm-4pm, or by appointment via email.


Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames IA;
B.S. Computer Science and Chemistry, Ithaca College, Ithaca NY

I was a person who never knew what I wanted to do until I took a Physical Chemistry class. Suddenly, all the deep questions I didn't realize I had about chemistry were answered. I was particularly curious about the ways that computers could be used to model chemical processes, and I saw a great potential in using technology to teach chemical phenomena that are hard to conceptualize. I believe in a growth mindset, and I aim to bridge the gap among the sciences and between the sciences and other disciplines to allow students to appreciate the impact that chemistry has in the greater world.

What I Love about Emmanuel 

Emmanuel really allows me to make personal connections with the students and with other community members. My job as an instructor is really enhanced by establishing these connections with students to allow me to better personalize their education.

CHEML1101: Principles of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM3105: Physical Chemistry I w/ Lab

  • “Analysis of Density Functional Tight Binding with Natural Bonding Orbitals.” Lu, X.; Duchimaza- Heredia, J.; Cui, Q. J. Phys. Chem. A. 123, 34, 7439-7453 (2019).
  • “A Quasi-Atomic Analysis of Three-Center Two-Electron Zr–H–Si Interactions.” Duchimaza Heredia, J. J.; Sadow, A. D.; Gordon, M.S. J. Phys. Chem. A. 122, 50, 9653-9669 (2018).
  • “Quasi-Atomic Bonding Analysis of Xe-Containing Compounds.” Duchimaza Heredia, J. J.; Ruedenberg, K.; Gordon, M.S. J. Phys. Chem. A. 122, 3442 (2018)
  • “Identification and Characterization of Molecular Bonding Structures by ab initio Quasi-Atomic Orbital Analyses.” West, A.; Duchimaza Heredia, J. J.; Gordon, M. S.; Ruedenberg, K. J. Phys. Chem. A. 121, 8884 (2017).
  • “Lewis Base Mediated β-Elimination and Lewis Acid Mediated Insertion Reactions of Disilazido Zirconium Compounds.” Yan, K.; Duchimaza Heredia, J. J.; Ellern A., Gordon, M. S.; Sadow, A. D. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 15225 (2013).

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