Steven E. Wheeler (CV)
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, UGA (2017-present)
  • Davidson Professor of Science, TAMU (2016)
  • Associate Professor, TAMU (2015-2016)
  • Assistant Professor, TAMU (2010-2015)
  • Postdoc, UCLA (2006-2010)
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Georgia (2006)
  • B.A. in Chemistry and Physics, New College of Florida (2002)
Steven graduated from New College of Florida in 2002 with a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics and completed his Ph.D. working with Fritz Schaefer at the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry (CCQC) at the University of Georgia in 2006. He was an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in Ken Houk's group at UCLA before joining the faculty at Texas A&M in August, 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015 and named Davidson Professor of Science in 2016. He moved to his present position at the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia in January, 2017. His research group works in the area of computational physical organic chemistry studying the role of noncovalent interactions in organocatalysis, organic electronic materials, and drug design using modern tools of computational chemistry.

Selected Publications

  1. S. E. Wheeler, T. J. Seguin, Y. Guan, and A. C. Doney, "Non-covalent Interactions in Organocatalysis and the Prospect of Computational Catalyst Design", Acc. Chem. Res. 49, 1061 (2016).
  2. T. J. Seguin and S. E. Wheeler, "Electrostatic Basis for Enantioselective Brønsted-Acid Catalyzed Asymmetric Ring Openings of meso-Epoxides", ACS Catal. 6, 2681 (2016).
  3. T. Lu and S. E. Wheeler, "Harnessing weak interactions for enantioselective catalysis", Science 347, 719 (2015). (perspective)
  4. B. J. Rooks, M. R. Haas, D. Sepulveda, T. Lu, and S. E. Wheeler, "Prospects for the Computational Design of Bipyridine N,N′-Dioxide Catalysts for Asymmetric Propargylations", ACS Catalysis 5, 272 (2014).
  5. S. E. Wheeler and J. W. G. Bloom, "Toward a More Complete Understanding of Noncovalent Interactions Involving Aromatic Rings", J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 6133 (2014).
  6. S. E. Wheeler and J. W. G. Bloom, "Anion-π Interactions and Positive Electrostatic Potentials of N-Heterocycles Arise from the Positions of the Nuclei, not Changes in the π-electron Distribution", Chem. Commun. 50, 11118 (2014).
  7. S. E. Wheeler, "Understanding Substituent Effects in Non-Covalent Interactions Involving Aromatic Rings", Acc. Chem. Res. 46, 1029 (2013).
  8. T. Lu, R. Zhu, Y. An, and S. E. Wheeler, "Origin of Enantioselectivity in the Propargylation of Aromatic Aldehydes Catalyzed by Helical N-Oxides", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 3095 (2012).
  9. J. W. G. Bloom and S. E. Wheeler, "Taking the Aromaticity out of Aromatic Interactions", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50, 7847 (2011).
  10. S. E. Wheeler, "Local Nature of Substituent Effects in Stacking Interactions", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 10262 (2011).

Invited Talks

  1. Organic Reactions and Processes, Gordon Research Conference, Easton, MA (July 15-20, 2018).
  2. MEDI: Medicinal Chemists' Toolbox Series, National Meeting of the ACS, New Orleans, LA (March 18-22, 2018).
  3. 27th Austin Symposium on Molecular Structure and Dynamics at Dallas, Dallas, TX (March 3-5, 2018).
  4. PHYS: Electronic structure methods for complex chemical systems, National Meeting of the ACS, Washington, D.C.(August 20-24, 2017).
  5. Computer Aided Drug Design (CADD) Gordon Research Conference, Mount Snow, VT (July 16-21, 2017).
  6. Meeting of the Southeast Theoretical Chemistry Association (SETCA), University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS (May 18-20, 2017).
  7. University of Southern Mississippi (November 4, 2016).
  8. Accelerating Reaction Discovery, Telluride Science Research Center, Telluride Colorado (August 1-5, 2016).
  9. 15th Annual MERCURY Conference on Undergraduate Computational Chemistry, Bucknell University (July 22, 2016).
  10. Department of Chemistry, Georgia State University (April 19, 2016).
  11. COMP Undergraduate Roundtable, National Meeting of the ACS (March 13, 2016).
  12. Indiana University (February 4, 2016).
  13. The Ohio State University (February 2, 2016).
  14. University of California, Berkeley (November 24, 2015).
  15. University of Houston (October 6, 2015).
  16. University of Utah (September 24, 2015).
  17. 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, Bethesda, MD (July 14, 2015).
  18. Physical Organic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference, Holderness, NH (June 21-26, 2015).
  19. Merck Research Laboratories, Boston, MA (June 19, 2015).
  20. Pfizer Cambridge Facility, Cambridge, MA (June 18, 2015).
  21. Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (May 19, 2015).
  22. University of California, Merced (February 27, 2015).
  23. Temple University (November 6, 2014).
  24. 10th Triennial Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, Santiago, Chile (October 5-10, 2014).
  25. From Carbon-Rich Molecules to Carbon-Based Materials, El Jadida, Morocco (September 22-25, 2014).
  26. 35th Reaction Mechanisms Conference, University of California, Davis (June 22, 2014).
  27. California Institute of Technology (May 13, 2014).
  28. University of California, Los Angeles (May 12, 2014).
  29. Auburn University (April 24, 2014).
  30. Georgia Institute of Technology (April 22, 2014).
  31. Emory University (April 21, 2014).
  32. University of Michigan (April 10, 2014).
  33. Lehigh University (March 12, 2014).
  34. 25th Austin Symposium on Molecular Structure and Dynamics at Dallas, Dallas, TX (Mar. 1-4, 2014).
  35. North Carolina State University (February 14, 2014).
  36. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (February 12, 2014).
  37. University of Georgia (February 4, 2014).
  38. University of Florida (January 23, 2014).
  39. Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida (January 22, 2014).
  40. University of Pennsylvania (January 16, 2014).
  41. Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Symposium on Advances in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, Baylor University, Waco, TX (Nov 19, 2013).
  42. CECAM Workshop: Structure-Property Relationships of Molecular Precursors to Organic Electronics, Lausanne, Switzerland (Oct. 24, 2013).
  43. Texas State University, San Marcos (October 7, 2013).
  44. International Conference on Chemical Bonding, Kauai, HI (July 5, 2013).
  45. University of Missouri (March 15, 2013).
  46. Southern Methodist University (February 1, 2013).
  47. Oklahoma State University (Nov. 8, 2012).
  48. Q-Chem Workshop, Texas A&M University (Oct. 26, 2012).
  49. ICQC Satellite Symposium: QM and MD of Organic and Biological Reactivity, Los Angeles, CA (Jun. 23, 2012).
  50. University of California, Los Angeles (June 19, 2012).
  51. University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (Apr. 20, 2012).
  52. 24th Austin Symposium on Molecular Structure and Dynamics at Dallas, Dallas, TX (Mar. 4, 2012).
  53. New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL (Nov. 28, 2011).
  54. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (Nov. 22, 2011).
  55. Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference (SWTCC), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (Oct. 23, 2011).
  56. Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (Oct. 6, 2011).
  57. Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland (March 30, 2011).
  58. Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Zurich Switzerland (March 29, 2011).
  59. 2011 Mesilla Chemistry Workshop: Aromatic Interactions in Chemistry and Biology, Mesilla, NM (Feb. 8, 2011).
  60. QAFCO-TAMUQ Chemistry Conference, Texas A&M University, Qatar, Doha, Qatar (Jan. 20, 2011).
  61. Mathematics Analysis and Control in Chemical Physics and Related Systems, Department of Mathematics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (Dec. 17, 2010).
  62. Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference (SWTCC), Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling and the University of North Texas, Denton, TX (Oct. 24, 2010).
  63. Summer School on Quantum Science and Engineering, Casper, WY (July 28, 2010).
  64. Molecular Quantum Mechanics Conference 2010, University of California, Berkeley, CA (May 28, 2010).