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Dr. Michael Salazar

Associate Professor of Chemistry
323 White Hall, Box 1829
(731) 661-5260
email: msalazar@uu.edu

(2001) He is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He earned his B.S. from New Mexico State University, his PhD. from the University of Utah, and his postdoctoral studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has a visiting faculty appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Education

  • Postdoctoral Associate, November 1998-August 2001. Group T-12, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, August 1993-July 1998. Henry Eyring Center for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Graduate research advisor was Professor Jack Simons.
  • Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, August 1989-July 1993. New Mexico State University. Undergraduate research performed with Dr. Gary Eiceman

Community Service

The following are links to institutions for which I've helped provide leadership.

Research Goals

I'm involved in two areas of research: 1. development of a QM/MM methodology for MD simulations of complex reactive processes and 2. polymer research, specifically kinetic studies of various forms of polymer degradation.

Here are a few links of talks that I've given on these subjects that describe my work.

Publications

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  1. “Properties of a method for performing adaptive, multilevel QM simulations of complex chemical reactions in the gas-phase,” M. Graham Guthrie, April D. Daigle, Michael R. Salazar, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, accepted, ASAP article: http://pubs.acs.org/journal/jctcce
  2. "Low Temperature Oxidative Degradation of PBX 9501 and its Components Determined via Molecular Weight Analysis", in press, Journal of Polymer Degradation and Stability, 2009.
  3. "Aging of the Binder in Plastic-Bonded Exploxive PBX 9501 and Free-Radical Oxidation", Joel D. Kress, Debra A. Wrobleski, D.A. Langlois, E. B. Orler, J. Michael Lightfoot, Wayne A. Rodin, C. Huddleston, Loreli Woods, Bobby G. Russell, Michael R. Salazar, and Denise K. Pauler, Trends in Polymer Degradation and Performance, American Chemical Society Symposium Series, Eds. Celina, Wiggins, and Billingham, 2008.
  4. "Experimental Study of the Oxidative Degradation of PBX 9501 and its Components", Michael R. Salazar, Joel D. Kress, J. Michael Lightfoot, Bobby G. Russell, Wayne A. Rodin, and Loreli Woods, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, 33, 182-202, (2008).
  5. “Degradation of a Poly(ester urethane) Elastomer. IV. The Absorption and Diffusion of Water in the Components of PBX 9501”, Michael R. Salazar, Shelley L. Thompson, Kenneth E. Laintz, Thomas O. Meyer, and Russell T Pack, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 105, 1063-1076, (2007).
  6. “Molecular dynamics of complex gas-phase reactive systems by time-dependent groups”, Michael R. Salazar, Journal of Physical Chemistry A,109,11515-11520, (2005).
  7. “Global potential energy surfaces for the Al+(1S) + H2 system”, Michael R. Salazar, Journal of Chemical Physics, 121, 6874-6882, (2004).
  8. “Methodology for the modeling of chemical reactions on accurate potential energy surfaces,” Michael R. Salazar, Preprints of Symposia – American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry, 49(1), 383-384, (2004).
  9. “The Degradation of a Poly(ester urethane) Elastomer. III. Kinetic Modeling of Estane 5703 Hydrolysis.” Michael R. Salazar and Russell T Pack, Journal of Polymer Science, 41, 1136-1151, (2003).
  10. “The Potential Energy Surface for Spin-Aligned Li3 (14A’) and the Potential Energy Curve for Spin-Aligned Li2 (a3Su+)” F.D. Colavecchia, J.P. Burke, Jr., W.J. Stevens,  M.R. Salazar, G.A. Parker, and R.T Pack, Journal of Chemical Physics, 118, 5484-5495, (2003).
  11. “A Completely General Methodology for Fitting Three Dimensional Ab Initio Potential Energy Surfaces”, Michael R. Salazar, Chemical Physics Letters, 359, 460-465, (2002).
  12. “Does Ozone Have a Barrier to Dissociation and Recombination”, R. Hernandez-Lamoneda, Michael R. Salazar, and Russell T Pack, Chemical Physics Letters, 355, 478-482, (2002).
  13. “The Degradation of a Poly(ester urethane) Elastomer. II. Kinetic Modeling of PoIy(butylene adipate) Hydrolysis.” Michael R. Salazar and Russell T Pack, Journal of Polymer Science, 40, 192-200, (2002).
  14. “The Degradation of a Poly(ester urethane) Elastomer.I. Absorption and Diffusion of Water in Estane 5703 and Related Polymers.” Michael R. Salazar, Shelley L. Thompson, Kenneth E. Laintz, and Russell T Pack, Journal of Polymer Science, 40, 181-191, (2002).
  15. “Modeling the Hydrolytic Degradation of Estane 5703,” Michael R. Salazar and Russell T Pack, 23rd Aging, Compatibility and Stockpile Stewardship Conference Proceedings.
  16. “The Absorption and Diffusion of Water in the Components of PBX 9501,” Michael R. Salazar, Shelley L. Thompson, Kenneth E. Laintz, and Russell T Pack, 23rd Aging, Compatibility arid Stockpile Stewardship Conference Proceedings.
  17. “Dissociation of Molecular Oxygen on Unpromoted and Cesium Promoted Ag(110) Surfaces,” Michael R. Salazar, Joel D. Kress, and Antonio Redondo, Surface Science, 469, 80-90, (2000).
  18. “Oxametallacycle Intermediates on Clean and Cs Promoted Ag(111) Surfaces,” Chandra Saravanan, Michael R. Salazar, Joel D. Kress, and Antonio Redondo, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 104, 8685-8691, (2000).
  19. “Molecular and Atomic Oxygen on Unpromoted and Cesium Promoted Ag(1 11) Surfaces,” Michael R. Salazar, Chandra Saravanan, Joel D. Kress, and Antonio Redondo, Surface Science, 449, 75-92, (2000).
  20. “Dissociation of Molecular Oxygen on Unpromoted and Cesium Promoted Ag(1 11) Surfaces,” Michael R. Salazar, Joel D. Kress, and Antonio Redondo, Catalysis Letters, 64, 107-111, (2000).
  21. “Reactive Dynamics for Zn(3P) + H2/H2/HD —> ZnH/ZnD + H/D: Rotational Populations in ZnH/ZnD Products,” Michael R. Salazar and Jack Simons, Journal of Chemical Physics, 110, 229-240, (1999).
  22. “The Development, Validation, and Application of a Novel Dynamics Package for Simulating Chemical Events of Ab Initio Potential Energy Surfaces,” Michael R. Salazar, Ph.D. thesis, University of Utah
  23. “A General Methodology in 2D for the Classical Simulations of Reactive and Nonreactive Events on Ab Initio Potential Energy Surfaces,” Michael R. Salazar and Richard L. Bell, Journal of Computational Chemistry, 19, 1431-1444, (1998).
  24. “Potential Energy Surfaces and Reactive Dynamics of Zn(3P) with H2,” Michael R. Salazar and Jack Simons, Journal of Chemical Physics, 105, 10919-10924, (1996).
  25. “Ion Mobility Spectrometry of Hydrazine, Monomethylhydrazine, and Ammonia in Air with 5-Nonanone Reagant Gas,” Gary A. Eiceman, Michael R. Salazar, et al., Analytical Chemistry, 65, 1696-1702, (1993). 
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