This is Dr. Tisko's homepage. I am an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Below are links to the homepages of my courses.
CHEM 1140 Fundamentals of Chemistry
CHEM 1180 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1190 General Chemistry II
CHEM 2210 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3350 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 3354 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3360 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 4310 Polymer Chemistry
I graduated in July 1998 with my doctoral degree in Chemical Physics from Michigan State University. My doctoral advisor was Dr. Katharine L. C. Hunt. Here is a link to my personal homepage.
As a teacher, I am actively trying to incorporate computational chemistry into the physical chemistry curriculum. Pictures are worth a thousand words, thus I am trying to find way of visualizing chemistry concepts. I am seeking students with a minimal chemistry background (Chem 1190) who would like to create animations of chemical concepts using Flash. I also enjoy doing chemical demonstrations for my classes. I also am actively involved in UNO's First-Year Experience (FYE) program that helps to aid freshman students in their transition for high school to college. I am also a consultant for The College Board in Advanced Placement Chemistry
As a researcher, my interests are centered on analyzing electron densities from ab initio calculations to examine the intramolecular response to structural changes. My research applies the Atoms-In-Molecules theory to examine features of the electron density throughout molecules. Below are examples of previous projects my research students have undertaken.
Examination of electron density descriptors along the bond paths of substituted methanes
Effect of electron density descriptors on the strength of dihydrogen bonding in complexes among the second row elements
Optimization of methods in the emission UV/Vis spectroscopy of hydrogen, mercury and nitrogen
Relationships between the electronic density structure and the acid-dissociation constants of substituted protonated amines
Relationships between the electronic density structure and the acid-dissociation constants of substituted acetic acids
Relationships between the electronic density Laplacian and the base-dissociation constants of substituted amines
The effect of functional group induction on the electronic structure of substituted ethanes
Visualization of concepts in general and physical chemistry using Flash as an animation program
Intramolecular electronic response of cyclopropanes to functional group substitution and nuclear movement
The programs being used are Gaussian, AIMPAC and Morphy. I am looking for students who have had Organic Chemistry, Physics and Calculus II who would find such work interesting.
On the back burner at the moment is research that examines intramolecular and intermolecular electromagnetic response using nonlocal polarizability densities. In the future, I wish to devote more attention to intramolecular magnetic response.
Revised: 12 JAN 14 (though not fully!)