Lead Chair of Program Planning Committee
Professor Abraham Wolcott is serving as the lead chair of the Program Planning Committee starting in Fall 2022 and has been a member of the committee since Fall 2019. He is a physical chemist who focuses on the surface chemistry of nanoscale and bulk materials for biological labeling and alternative energy productive (solar cell research). He received a B.S. and PhD with Prof. Jin Z. Zhang at UC Santa Cruz (Jin Zhang group). He received an NSF postdoctoral fellowship and worked with Prof. Xiao Yang Zhu (XYZ Group at Columbia). at UT Austin, who then moved to Columbia University. Professor Wolcott also worked with Profs. Jon Owen (Jon Owen lab Columbia) and Dirk Englund (Dirk Englund at MIT) as a joint postdoctoral scientist at Columbia and MIT before coming to San José State University.
Professor Wolcott has taught physical chemistry lecturers (CHEM 160) and laboratory (CHEM162L) and has received several grants to incorporate technology into the physical chemistry course curriculum. One pedagogical tool that is being incorporated is the use of virtual reality (VR) into the classroom. Thermodynamics (Thermodynamics), kinetics (Chemical kinetics), quantum mechanics (Quantum mechanics) and spectroscopy (Spectroscopy) are topics in which VR-based lesson plans can be developed.