Joseph Augspurger

Chair, Professor of Chemistry
All FacultyChemistry

Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-2115

Joseph Augspurger


  • Post-Doctoral, Cornell University 
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Illinois-Champaign
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois-Champaign 


  • American Chemical Society
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational Chemistry
  • Molecular Modelling

Courses Taught

  • Chem 101, 102, 105, 345, 346, 445
  • Scic 203

Selected Research

  • Calculation of Ring Strain Energies
  • Modeling of energy barrier to pedal motion in solid state

Selected Publications

  • M.K. Stedgan and J.D. Augspurger, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 28, 298 (2015). "Ring Strain Energies in Ether- and Lactone-containing Spiro Compounds."
  • S.B. Dickman and J.D. Augspurger, THEOCHEM 851, 363 (2008). "Computational Note on the Potential Energy Surface of CH2SO2."
  • N.R. Luman, M.P. King, and J.D. Augspurger, J. Comp. Chem. 22, 366 (2001) "Predicting 15N Amide Chemical Shifts in Proteins. I. An Additive Model for the backbone Contribution."


  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Basketball
  • Reading

You might be surprised to know

I have hiked to the top of Long’s Peak and the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and spent a summer traveling the coast of Algeria.