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  • Professor of Physics
  • Chair of Physics and Astronomy
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Education

  • BA Mod, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 1987
  • MS, Cornell University, 1990
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1994

Biography

Stephen FitzGerald started his physics training in Ireland, obtaining a bachelor’s degree at Trinity College Dublin. He received a PhD at Cornell University and caught the teaching bug during a one-year position at Colgate University. His preparation for Oberlin was rounded out by a postdoctorate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

FitzGerald was one of six faculty members to receive the college’s prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award for 2015–16.

Research Interests

  • Infrared spectroscopy of trapped hydrogen molecules
  • Inelastic spectroscopy of Fullerenes (Buckyballs)

Awards and Recognition

Professor of Physics Stephen FitzGerald in spring 2017 was awarded a three-year, $310,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his project entitled "RUI: Probing adsorbate interactions in metal-organic frameworks using site selective spectroscopy."

This research examines hydrogen storage for fuel-cell applications and isotope separation for chemical labeling, medical tracing, and heavy water moderators. The grant provides funds for on-going student participation and the acquisition of a specialized mass-spectrometer.

Notes

  • Stephen FitzGerald Awarded Grant

    March 2, 2017

    Professor of Physics Stephen FitzGerald was awarded a three-year, $310,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his project entitled "RUI: Probing adsorbate interactions in metal-organic frameworks using site selective spectroscopy."  This research examines hydrogen storage for fuel-cell applications and isotope separation for chemical labeling, medical tracing, and heavy water moderators.  The grant provides funds for on-going student participation and the acquisition of a specialized mass-spectrometer.  

  • Stephen FitzGerald Publishes

    November 11, 2015

    Professor of Physics Stephen FitzGerald published the paper "Orientational ortho-H2 pair interactions in the microporous framework MOF-5” in the international journal Physical Review B. The paper was co-authored by Christopher Eckdahl '17, Cooper McDonald '15, Jocienne Nelson '14, Kai Shinbrough '17, Holden Lai '15, and the late Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jesse Rowsell.

News

A Conversation with Stephen FitzGerald

November 10, 2017
Professor of Physics Stephen FitzGerald on teaching, being supported by the National Science Foundation, and searching for the Goldilocks level of "stickiness" in hydrogen fuel-cell applications.