Dr. Butcher teaches a variety of chemistry courses, including general, physical and inorganic chemistry. Her current research examines the electronic structure and bonding properties of metallic carbides using molecular orbital calculations. Dr. Butcher is a member of the American Chemical Society and the National Science Teachers Association. She enjoys music, baseball and beachcombing.
Courses Taught: General Chemistry Physical Chemistry Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Senior Capstone.
Research Interests: Using density-functional calculations to study the electronic structure and bonding properties of transitional metal compounds. Recent studies, done in collaboration with The Aerospace Corp., have involved titanium carbide and nitride, which are refractory materials with wide use in the aerospace industry. Other compounds of interest are transition metal complexes with biological activity.
Ph.D.- Chemistry, Stanford University (1989)
B.S.- Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1984)