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Richard MacPhail

Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Box 90346, Durham, NC 27708-0346
French Family Science Center, Room 1216, Durham, NC 27708


Dr. MacPhail is a physical chemist whose research has focused on intermolecular interactions and molecular dynamics in disordered condensed phases, especially fluids, as studied through a combination of experiment, computer simulation, and theory. More recently his efforts have mainly been directed toward chemical education, and especially at enhancing the success of students through curricular revisions and through pedagogical innovations that leverage student-centered, collaborative engagement in the classroom.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry · 2021 - Present Chemistry, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Berkeley · 1981 Ph.D.
Oberlin College · 1977 B.A.