Introducing Andrew Crowther, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

What is your specific area of research? What are you currently working on?
I am a physical chemist studying the properties of graphene, which is a layer of carbon one atom thick.  Graphene has great potential as a new material for electronics and energy, and I am interested in using chemistry to control and understand graphene’s fundamental electronic and optical properties to advance these goals.
What are your other research/teaching interests? Any broader projects or initiatives you're involved with in your field?
Stemming from my graduate work, I am also interested in chemical reaction dynamics, which involves studying the fundamental properties that govern chemical reactions with great precision, such as following the progress of a reaction on very fast timescales.  My teaching interests are broad, and include quantum and general chemistry and thermodynamics.
What is most exciting to you about joining Barnard's faculty? What are you looking forward to most about being here?
I am most excited about working with great colleagues and talented students.  For me, it is the people that most make Barnard a great place to teach and build a research program.
What courses will you be teaching?
I will be teaching “Quantum Chemistry” and “Integrated Lab I” in the fall and “Thermodynamics” in the spring.
Outside of your academic life, any interests, hobbies, accomplishments of note? And/ or something that about you that would surprise your new students or colleagues?
I have played soccer nearly my entire life, and I enjoy most sports and outdoor activities.