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Shane McGlynn

Instructor, Chemistry

Shane McGlynn
Shane McGlynn

Shane McGlynn is an experimental chemical physicist specializing is gas phase and high vacuum laser spectroscopy of chemical systems. Currently, Mr. McGlynn is finishing his chemical physics Ph. D. program at Tulane University studying reactive bimolecular systems using pump-probe laser spectroscopic experimentation. Before attending Tulane, Shane received his B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics at LSU. His time in Baton Rouge also focused on chemical and physics related research projects at both the LSU chemistry department and the CAMD synchrotron facility. The projects revolved around studying reactive catalytic chemical mechanisms in fuel cell storage, and poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbon formation in combustion zones of jets and plasmas using laser spectroscopic and GC-MS analytical methods.

Mr. McGlynn’s research focus lies in chemical physics and physical chemistry techniques of small molecule and bimolecular reactive systems. His main experimental goals revolve around gas phase laser spectroscopy, ultra-high vacuum surface science, and various reactive chemical scattering methods. Other research interests include optoelectronic and laser engineering, materials science, analytical chemical methods, and computer engineering. His thesis work on reactive bimolecular systems is currently being prepared for publication in various physical journals.

Shane especially enjoys teaching physical and quantum chemistry, as well as general, analytical, and instrumental chemistry courses. His focus in teaching is to create engaging and thought provoking learning environments that interweave interdisciplinary and philosophical considerations into their course methodologies. He also enjoys working with all levels of students in research and extracurricular settings to foster growth and excitement for learning and practicing science. When Shane is not doing science he can be found hanging with friends, discussing philosophy, enjoying sports, and playing lots of music.

Recent Publications

  • McGlynn, S.; Johnson, M.; Zhang, X.; Koplitz, B. Using Controlled, Tunable Kinetic Energies to Probe the Onset of Bimolecular Reactions: The Br atom reacting with H2 and D2 to Produce HBr and DBr. Chemical physics (2019). Submitted and in review process.
  • McGlynn, S.; Johnson, M.; Zhang, X.; Koplitz, B. Using Controlled, Tunable Kinetic Energies to Probe the Onset of Bimolecular Reactions: The Br atom reacting with CH3CH2CH3, CH3CD2CH3, CD3CH2CD3, and CD3CD2CD3 to Produce HBr and DBr. Chemical physics (2019). Submitted and in review process.

Degrees

Ph.D, Chemical Physics, Tulane University (in process); B.S., Chemistry, Louisiana State University