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Faculty Profile - Becky Eggimann

Becky Eggimann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department Chair

On Faculty since 2007
630.752.5646


becky.eggimann@wheaton.edu

As an undergraduate student, Dr. Eggimann found chemistry to be fascinating and mysterious. She felt as though she had been given a window into another world, a molecular world. Having no better plan, she decided she would study chemistry until it began to seem uninteresting and common. As it turns out, that has never happened. Dr. Eggimann is still fascinated by the molecular world. In fact, her area of research is intensely focused on molecular details. As a computational chemist, she uses 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 she might see through her "window" to the molecular world, now Dr. Eggimann can make an actual (well, virtual anyhow) window and see for herself what really goes on in complex chemical environments. Apart from research and teaching, Dr. Eggimann enjoys spending time with friends and being a part of the Wheaton community. Dr. Eggimann's research involves using molecular simulations, primarily Monte Carlo methods, to investigate the microscopic properties of interesting aqueous systems.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Ph.D., Chemistry
2006

Wheaton College
B.S., Chemistry
2000

  • Molecular Simulations
  • Computational Chemistry
  • American Chemical Society
  • Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry (MERCURY)
  • General Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Context
  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Special Topics in Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Methods of Physical Chemistry
  • Independent 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.

An online parameter and property database for the TraPPE force field, Molecular Simulation,
Eggimann, Becky L., Amara J. Sunnarborg, Hudson Stern, Andrew P. Bliss, and J. Ilja Siepmann, 2014

Modeling helical proteins using dipolar couplings, sparse long-range distance constraints, and a simple residue-based force field Theoretical Chemistry Accounts
Eggimann, Becky L., Vitaly V. Vostrikov, Gianluigi Veglia, and J. Ilja Siepmann, 2013

Molecular simulation studies of reversed-phase liquid chromatography: A review, Journal of Chromatography,
Lindsey, Rebecca K., Jake L. Rafferty, Becky L. Eggimann, J. Ilja Siepmann, and Mark R. Schure, 2013