Becky L. Eggimann, Ph.D.

Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
On Faculty since 2007

Phone: (630)752-5646
Fax: (630)752-5996
Email:

Education

PhD, Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2006

BS, Chemistry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 2000

About Becky L. Eggimann

As an undergraduate student, I found chemistry to be fascinating and mysterious. I felt as though I had been given a window into another world, a molecular world. Having no better plan, I decided I would study chemistry until it began to seem uninteresting and common. As it turns out, that has never happened. I'm still fascinated by the molecular world. In fact, my area of research is intensely focused on molecular details. As a computational chemist, I use computers and programs to create models of chemical systems, and then explore the interactions of the molecules and atoms that comprise the system. Rather than just imagining what I might see through my "window" to the molecular world, now I can make an actual (well, virtual anyhow) window and see for myself what really goes on in complex chemical environments. Apart from research and teaching, I enjoy spending time with friends and being a part of the Wheaton community.

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Context Biochemistry
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Special Topics in Biochemistry
  • Drugs and Society
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Methods of Physical Chemistry

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry (MERCURY)

Research

My research involves using molecular simulations, primarily Monte Carlo methods, to investigate the microscopic properties of interesting aqueous systems. For more information on my current projects and the students involved, please visit my research page.

Selected Papers Published and/or Presented

Publications

B. L. Eggimann, J. I. Siepmann, ‘Size-effects on the solvation structure of ions at the aqueous liquid-vapor interface,’ J. Phys. Chem. C, 112, 210-218 (2008)

J. L. Rafferty, L. Zhang, N. D. Zhuravlev, K. E. Anderson, B. L. Eggimann, M. J. McGrath, J. I. Siepmann, ‘Large-scale Monte Carlo simulations for aggregation, self-assembly, and phase equilibrium,’ in Large Scale Molecular Dynamics, Nanoscale and Mesoscale Modeling and Simulation, pp. 180-200, eds. R. B. Ross and S. Mohanty (Wiley, New York), 2008

B. L. Eggimann, J. I. Siepmann, L. E. Fried, ‘Application of the TraPPE force field to predicting isothermal pressure-volume curves at high pressures and high temperatures,’ Intl. J. Thermophys., 28, 196-804 (2007)

I-F. W. Kuo, C. J. Mundy, B. L. Eggimann, M. J. McGrath, J. I. Siepmann, B. Chen, J. Vieceli, D. J. Tobias, ‘Structure, dynamics, and thermodynamics of the aqueous liquid-vapor interface: A comprehensive particle-based study,’ J. Phys. Chem. B, 110, 3738-3746 (2006)

A. Mascioni, B. L. Eggimann, G. Veglia, ‘Determination of helical membrane protein topology using residual dipolar couplings and exhaustive search algorithm: Application to phospholamban,’ Chem. Phys. Lipids, 132, 133-144 (2004)

Presentations

B. L. Eggimann, ‘Simulating Aqueous Systems,’ Invited Presentation, Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference, South Bend, IN, 6/2010

B. L. Eggimann, J. I. Siepmann, ‘Influence of Polarizability on Ion Distribution Near the Liquid-Vapor Interface of Salt Solutions,’ Seventeenth Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, Boulder, CO, 7/2009

B. L. Eggimann, J. I. Siepmann, ‘Size-effects on the solvation of anions at the aqueous liquid-vapor interface,’ Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference, Ames, IA, 6/2007

B. L. Eggimann, J. I. Siepmann, I-F. W. Kuo, C. J. Mundy, ‘The role of ion size in partitioning at the aqueous liquid-vapor interface,’ Sixteenth Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, Boulder, CO, 7/2006

B. L. Eggimann, J. I. Siepmann, ‘Ions at the Air-Water Interface,’ ACS National Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, 8/2005