Nicholas Valley, PhD

Nicholas Valley, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Phone: (916) 686-7681

Education and Postdoctoral Training

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oregon
  • PhD, Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, Indiana


With over 10 years of chemical research experience, Dr. Nicholas Valley brings breadth to his work, including interests in computational chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, and interfacial structure and dynamics. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oregon from 2012 – 2015, Dr. Valley focused on the development of methodology for the calculation of vibrational sum frequency spectra of molecules at aqueous interfaces, programming automation of calculation of spectra combining data from classical molecular dynamics and electronic structure methods, and calculating behavioral and spectral properties of environmentally relevant molecules at aqueous interfaces.

In addition to his graduate teaching and research experience at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University, Dr. Valley has co-authored numerous publications, including several as first author of record, and is presently a member of American Chemical Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.