Charles Edwin Webster

Charles Edwin Webster

Professor and Associate Department Head

Department of Chemistry

Mississippi State University


I am an Inorganic Chemist with a wide variety of research interests. I earned my PhD under the direction of Professors Russel S. Drago (link) and Michael C. Zerner (link) and then accepted a post-doctoral appointment with Professor Michael B. Hall (link). Our group is interested in studying chemical reactions at a molecular level. We use predictive quantum mechanical theoretical methods to obtain information about molecules and reactions that may not be accessible by experiment and/or provide confirmation of the interpretation of particular experimental results. We are interested in catalysis (whether it is biological, bioinorganic, inorganic, organometallic, or nanocatalysis), understanding structure and mechanism (including prediction of key intermediates), energetics of transformations, and predicting spectroscopic observables are key objectives. The information gathered from the results of these computations allows for the design of faster and less expensive ways to make useful chemicals and the invention of new chemicals, which may have improved or more desirable properties. The nature of our work is highly collaborative. We work with both experimental groups and other theoretical groups. I am also the faculty coadvisor to the Mississippi State Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) organization.

  • Computational chemistry
  • Biological catalysis
  • Bond activation
  • Structure and bonding
  • PhD in Chemistry, 1999

    University of Florida

  • BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1995

    University of West Florida