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Darren L. Williams, Ph.D.
Physical Chemistry
Sam Houston State University
About Dr. Williams

DDarren L. Williamsr. Williams is originally from Fort Worth, TX.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin (1992), and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Physical Chemistry from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon (1997).  

He came to Sam Houston State University in August 2004 from his post in the Texas Panhandle where he taught chemistry at West Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor from 1997-2001 and an Adjunct Professor from 2001-2004.  His most recent position as a Sectional Scientist at the Department of Energy’s Pantex Plant (2001-2004) gave him valuable experience in spectroscopy as it is applied to industrial research.  While at Pantex, he was actively involved in Toastmasters International, and was trained as a Six-sigma Blackbelt.   

At Sam Houston State University, Dr. Williams teaches:

  • Physical Chemistry (CHEM 4448W and 4449) – Quantum theory and spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics, thermodynamics, chemical and phase equilibria, transport phenomena, nuclear chemistry, and kinetics. (every year)
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 1311 and 1312) – The first-year chemistry sequence for science majors. (every year when not teaching graduate courses)
  • Graduate Statistical Thermodynamics (CHEM 5381) – Advanced development of thermodynamics. (every 3rd year)
  • Graduate Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (CHEM 5385) – Advanced methods for simulating and interpreting spectroscopic measurements. (every 3rd year)
  • Chemistry (CHM1306) – The non-majors chemistry course. (taught only occasionally)  

His research at SHSU is outlined on the Research Page.

His curriculum vita is available in Adobe pdf format.