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Nathaniel A. Deskins

Students here at WPI have a lot of enthusiasm and ambition, and it certainly is contagious. Teaching brings a lot of joy because of this, and I find myself often trying just to keep up with the students! WPI is also a place where you have a chance to collaborate with people of many different backgrounds and technical interests. This is exciting. For my research, I work in the area of molecular modeling: trying to understand and solve energy and environmental problems using high-powered computer simulations. The world is always in need of solid engineering approaches to address the needs of the future, and I'm glad to be a part of this. All of this combined means WPI is a great institution to be part of.

Research Interests

  • Energy Production
  • Pollution Control and Abatement
  • Nanomaterials Research and Development
  • Catalysis and Chemical Kinetics
  • Computational Chemistry



  • BS, Chemistry, University of Utah 2001
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah 2001
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University 2006


Featured Publications

  • Deskins NA, Rousseau R, Dupuis M. “Distribution of Ti3+ Surface Sites in Reduced TiO2,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, 7562–7572, 2011.
  • Henderson MA, Deskins NA, Zehr RT, Dupuis M. “Generation of Organic Radicals During Photocatalytic Reactions on TiO2,” Journal of Catalysis, 279, 205-212, 2011.
  • Zehr RT, Deskins NA, Henderson MA. “Photochemistry of 1,1,1-Trifluoroacetone on Rutile TiO2(110),” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114, 16900-16908, 2010.
  • Deskins NA, Rousseau R, Dupuis. “Defining the Role of Excess Electrons in the Surface Chemistry of TiO2,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114, 5891-5897, 2010.
  • Deskins NA, Rousseau R, Dupuis M. “Localized Electronic States from Surface Hydroxyls and Polarons in TiO2(110),” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113, 14583-14586, 2010.

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