Randall Hall, PhD

Dr. Hall joined the department in 2012 after 25 years at Louisiana State University to become the University's first Endowed Professor holding the position of the Dr. Lillian L.Y. Wang Yin Endowed Professor in Chemistry. He holds a BS in Chemistry, and a MA, a MPhil and a PhD in Theoretical Chemical Physics from Columbia University, New York, NY.


Lillian L.Y. Wang Yin Endowed Professor in Chemistry

Office: Science Center #220
Lab: Science Center #109
[email protected]

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Academic Area

Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Educational Background

  • PhD Theoretical Chemical Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • MPhil Theoretical Chemical Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • MA Theoretical Chemical Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • BS Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Teaching and Research

      Teaching: Physical Chemistry, Research Methodology

Research: 1. The role played by metal oxide nanoparticles in the formation of toxic dioxins and furans in the environment. 2. The use of molecular probes in cancer detection. 3. The properties of small gold nanoparticles that have potential as catalysts and sensors. 4. The role of extent of glycosylation on the dimerization of the COX-2 enzyme. 5. The role of water in the degradation of compost.

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded the Intrepid Assessor Award, 2018
  • Named Lillian L.Y. Wang Yin, PhD Endowed Professor of Chemistry, 2012
  • Named LSU Alumni Professor, 2011
  • 2001 LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award

Recent Publications

  • Matthew C. Patterson, Mark F. DiTusa, Cheri A. McFerrin, R.L. Kurtz, Randall W. Hall, E.D. Poliakoff, P. T. Sprunger, "Formation of environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs) on ZnO at room temperature: Implications for the fundamental model of EPFR generation", Chem. Phys. Lett., 670, 5-10, 2017.
  • Xiaoyao Ma, Randall W. Hall, Frank Löffler, Karol Kowalski, Kiran Bhaskaran-Nair, Mark Jarrell, and Juana Moreno, "Sign Learning Kink-based (SiLK) Quantum Monte Carlo for molecular systems", J. Chem. Phys., 144, 014101, 2016
  • Lavrent Khachatryan, Cheri A. McFerrin, Randall W. Hall, and Barry Dellinger, "Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs). 3. Free versus Bound Hydroxyl Radicals in EPFR Aqueous Solutions", Environmental Science and Technology, 48, 9220-9226, 2014.

Recent Presentations

"Computational Chemistry and Biology”, North Bay Christian Academy, 8 May 2018.