Thomas Freeman

Thomas Freeman

Teaching Assistant Professor

   Kenan Laboratories A227
  Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Chemistry Education

Research Synopsis

My training is at the nexus of biochemistry, bioinformatics, and biophysics, all of which can be used to help answer fundamental questions about the mechanistic details of how proteins function and interact with each other and their environment. Using interdisciplinary strategies to answer scientific inquiries have manifested in my taking a similar evidence-based, multi-faceted approach to teaching.

My goals are to use innovative and effective strategies to help students learn to think critically, and solve problems. Additionally, because scientific and many other careers are highly collaborative, I aim to help students learn how to lead and work in teams. Overall, my goal is to craft classroom and laboratory experiences that develop each of the above mentioned skills so that students can think like scientists.

Professional Background

Xavier University of Louisiana, B.S., 2003; Tulane University, Ph.D., 2010; Tulane University, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2009-11; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, SPIRE, Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2011-14; Johnson C. Smith University, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2013;

News & Publications

Here, we combine optical microscopy, single-entity electrochemistry, and numerical simulations to elucidate the dynamic motion of graphene nanoplatelets at a gold ultramicroelectrode (radius ∼5 μm).


We expand the concept of natural transition orbitals in the context of real-time time-dependent density functional theory (RT-TDDFT) and show its application in practical calculations.