Faculty Profile

Omar Valsson

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Chemistry
College
College of Science

    

Education

PhD, University of Twente, 2012.
Major: Physics
Dissertation Title: Understanding visual absorption from first principles
MSc, University of Iceland, 2008.
Major: Physics
BS, University of Iceland, 2006.
Major: Physics

Current Scheduled Teaching*

CHEM 6940.772, Individual Research, Spring 2023
CHEM 3520.001, Physical Chemistry, Spring 2023 Syllabus
CHEM 3520.211, Physical Chemistry, Spring 2023

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

CHEM 6940.772, Individual Research, Fall 2022
CHEM 6940.772, Individual Research, Spring 2022
CHEM 3520.001, Physical Chemistry, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
CHEM 3520.211, Physical Chemistry, Spring 2022 Syllabus

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article
Henin, J., Lelievre, T., Shirts, M. R., Valsson, O., Delemotte, L. (2022). Enhanced Sampling Methods for Molecular Dynamics Simulations [Article v1.0]. 4, 1583. https://livecomsjournal.org/
Petersen, N., Girard, M., Riedinger, A., Valsson, O. (2022). The Crucial Role of Solvation Forces in the Steric Stabilization of Nanoplatelets. Nano Letters. 22,(24), 9847–9853.
Rydzewski, J., Chen, M., Ghosh, T., Valsson, O. (2022). Reweighted Manifold Learning of Collective Variables from Enhanced Sampling Simulations. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 18, 7179–7192.
Software Tutorial
Valsson, O. (2022). PLUMED Masterclass 22.11: Variationally enhanced sampling with PLUMED. https://www.plumed.org/doc-master/user-doc/html/masterclass-22-11.html
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Overall
Summative Rating
Challenge and
Engagement Index
Response Rate

out of 5

out of 7
%
of
students responded
  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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