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Dr.Srnec

Dr. Matthew Srnec

Assistant Professor of Physics

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(740) 284-5367

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Dr. Srnec teaches General Physics and Introduction to Physical Science in the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. His research interests are in the field of computational materials science, small molecule organic computational chemistry, and chemistry and physics education.

  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; Ph.D., Chemistry
  • Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA; Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, May 2010

Teaching and Leadership

  • Assistant Professor of Physics, two semesters (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017)
  • National Science Foundation S-STEM teaching fellow, five semesters (Fall 2013 – Spring 2016)
  • Mentor of undergraduate research fellows, four years (Summer 2012 – Spring 2016)
  • Teaching assistant orientation mentor, two years (Summer 2013 and 2014)
  • Physical chemistry teaching assistant, three semesters (Fall 2012 – 2014)
  • General chemistry recitation teaching assistant five semesters (Fall 2011 – Spring 2014)
  • General chemistry laboratory teaching assistant one semester (Fall 2015)

Professional

  • Co-chair and member of the Learning Technology Committee (Fall 2017-present)
  • First-year faculty committee, Franciscan University (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017)
  • Completion of Certificate and Advanced Certificate of University Teaching programs, Center for
  • Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University – five years (Fall 2011 – Spring 2016)
  • American Chemical Society member (2012 – present)
  • Graduate student representative on the American Chemical Society executive board at Duquesne
    University – four years (Spring 2012 – Spring 2016)
  • Member of the Student Safety Committee in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at
    Duquesne University – three years (Fall 2013 – Spring 2016)
  • Member of Duquesne’s Phi Lambda Upsilon National Honorary Chemical Society (Fall 2014 – present)
  • March of Dimes – group leader of fundraising for organization that aids research for prematurely born babies, Spring 2009
  • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society organization member, 2006 – 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching, Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University, Spring 2016.
  • National Science Foundation S-STEM fellow, Fall 2013 – Spring 2016.
  • 2015 and 2016 Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award nominee.
  • Best Interdisciplinary Chemistry Poster, Duquesne University, Phi Lambda Upsilon poster session, Spring 2014.
  • One of fifty recipients, chosen nationwide, of the American Chemical Society (ACS) travel award – allowed for travel and research presentation at the 2010 ACS symposium in San Francisco, CA.
  • Selected by the Pony League World Baseball Federation as the Umpire-in-Chief of the 2008 Pony League World Championship in Washington, PA.

Research Projects

Manuscripts in progress:

  • Rationalizing the band gap tunability of semiconductors via electronic structure calculations
  • Numerical methods for chemists using Python
  • Using dimensional analysis to identify a mistake in Science
  • Merging the scientific method with undergraduate research experience

Mentored Research Projects With Undergraduates

Poster presentations of students mentored through the undergraduate research program. Undergraduates mentored directly are denoted in bold below:

  • Glaid, A.J.; Aitken, J.A.; Madura, J.D.; Srnec, M.N. The impact of substituent size and elec- tronegativity on the band gap of TiO2 polymorphs. Poster presented at: Duquesne University 2014 Summer Research Symposium. 2014 Jul 25; Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Upadhyay, S.; Iuliucci, R.; Madura, J.; Srnec, M. The ssNMR peak matching of geometry opti- mized organic crystals. Poster presented at: Duquesne University 2014 Summer Research Sympo- sium. 2014 Jul 25; Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Worst, J.; Glaid, A.; Aitken, J.; MacNeil, J.; Madura, J.; Srnec, M. Electronic structure calcu- lations of Li2-II-IV-VI4 diamond-like semiconductors. Poster presented at: Duquesne University 2014 Summer Research Symposium. 2014 Jul 25; Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Clifford, S.W.; Evanseck, J.D.; Gawalt, E.S.; Srnec, M.N. Quantum models of methylphospho- nate adsorption onto the rutile (110) surface. Poster presented at: Duquesne University 2014 Summer Research Symposium. 2014 Jul 25; Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Neel, S.; Evanseck, J.; Gawalt, E.; Lim, M.S.; Srnec, M. Quantum modeling of alkyl carboxylic acids adsorbed to α-Al2O3 (0001) surface. Poster presented at: Duquesne University 2014 Summer Research Symposium. 2014 Jul 25; Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Glaid, A.J.; Srnec, M.N.; Aitken, J.A.; Madura, J.D. The impact of substituent size and electronegativity on the band gap of TiO2 polymorphs. Poster presented at: Innovations in Materals Chemistry Symposium. 2014 May 2-3; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Srnec 4
  • Glaid, A.J.; Srnec, M.N.; Aitken, J.A.; Madura, J.D. Correlation between band gap and electronegativity of substituted atoms in the TiO2 crystalline structure. Poster presented at: ES2013: The 25th annual workshop on recent developments in electronic structure methods. 2013 Jun 11-14; William and Mary College, Williamsburg, VA.
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Select Publications
  • Srnec, M.N.; Upadhyay, S.; Madura, J.D. (2017) A Python program for solving Schrödinger’s equation in undergraduate physical chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 94, 813-815.
  • Srnec, M.N.; Upadhyay, S.; Madura, J.D. (2016) Teaching reciprocal space to undergraduates via theory and code components of an IPython Notebook. J. Chem. Educ. 93, 2106 – 2109.
  • Srnec, M.N.; Madura, J.D. “RE: Revisiting the thermodynamic model from Goldstein et al. (1992)” (2016); http://science.sciencemag.org/content/256/5062/1425.e-letters.

Full List

  • Devlin, K.P.; Glaid, A.J.; Brant, J.A.; Zhang, J.H.; Srnec, M.N.; Clark, D.J.; Kim, Y.S.; Jang, J.L.; Daley, K.R.; Moreau, M.A.; Madura, J.D.; Aitken, J.A. (2015) Polymorphism and second harmonic generation in a novel diamond-like semiconductor: Li2MnSnS4. J. Solid State Chem. 231, 256-266.
  • Rosmus, K.A.; Brant, J.A.; Wisneski, S.D.; Clark, D.J.; Kim, Y.S.; Jang, J.I.; Brunetta, C.D.; Zhang, J.H.; Srnec, M.N.; Aitken, J.A. (2014) Optical nonlinearity in Cu2CdSnS4 and α/β- Cu2ZnSiS4: diamond-like semiconductors with high laser-damage thresholds. Inorg. Chem. 53, 7809-7811.
  • Rosmus, K.A.; Brunetta, C.D.; Srnec, M.N.; Karuppannan, B.; Aitken, J.A. (2012) Synchrotron x-ray diffraction and electronic band structure of α- and β- Cu2ZnSiS4. Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 638 (15), 2578-2584.
  • Schleker, S.; Sun, J.; Raghavan, B.; Srnec, M.; Mu ̈ller, N.; Koepfinger, M.; Murthy, L.; Zhao, Z.; Klein-Seetharaman, J. (2012) The current Salmonella-host interactome. Proteomics Clin. Appl. 6, 117-133.
  • Hoop, C.L.; Sivanandam, V.N.; Kodali, R.; Srnec, M.N.; van der Wel, P.C.A. (2012) Structural characterization of the Caveolin scaffolding domain in association with cholesterol-rich membranes. Biochemistry. 51, 90-99.
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