Kevin Nihill

Half-Time Assistant Professor of Chemistry



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Kevin Nihill is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at North Central College. He earned his BS in chemistry at Boston College, where he worked under Prof. Paul Davidovits to study the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the atmosphere from natural emissions. After graduating, he worked briefly at Emory University in Atlanta researching evolutionary biology under Prof. Ichiro Matsumura, before moving to Chicago for graduate school. Kevin earned his Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago under Prof. Steven Sibener. There, he researched the surface structure and dynamics of hybrid organic-semiconductor interfaces as well as pioneering new isotope separation techniques using molecular beam scattering. After graduate school, Dr. Nihill moved back to Boston and returned to atmospheric chemistry, researching the reaction dynamics of gas-phase alkoxy radicals in environmental chamber studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the tutelage of Prof. Jesse Kroll. In 2019, he moved to North Central College, where he teaches physical chemistry.

Selected Scholarship

K.J. Nihill, J.D. Graham, S.J. Sibener. “Separation of Isotopes in Space and Time by Gas-Surface Atomic Diffraction.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 (2017) 176001

K.J. Nihill, Z.M. Hund, A. Muzas, C. Díaz, M. del Cueto, T. Frankcombe, N.T. Plymale, N.S. Lewis, F. Martín, S. J. Sibener. “Experimental and Theoretical Study of Rotationally Inelastic Diffraction of H2(D2) from Methyl-Terminated Si(111).” J. Chem. Phys. 145 (2016) 084705

K.J. Nihill, Z.M. Hund, D. Campi, K.T. Wong, N.S. Lewis, M. Bernasconi, G. Benedek, S.J. Sibener. “Vibrational Dynamics and Band Structure of Methyl-terminated Ge(111).” J. Chem. Phys. 143 (2015) 124705

Z.M. Hund, K.J. Nihill, D. Campi, K.T. Wong, N.S. Lewis, M. Bernasconi, G. Benedek, S.J. Sibener. “Atomic Surface Structure of CH3-Ge(111) Characterized by Helium Atom Diffraction and Density Functional Theory.” J. Phys. Chem C 119 (2015) 18458

Courses Taught

CHEM 340 – Thermodynamics & Kinetics

PHYS 340 – Thermal Physics