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Dr. Pedro Muiño

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    Position: Professor, Physical Chemistry

    Department: Chemistry

    Office: Science Center 210

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    About Dr. Pedro Muiño

    Office Hours: Tuesday: 9:00 - 11:00 Wednesday: 2:00 - 3:00 Thursday: 9:00 - 11:00

    Additional Contact Information: Follow @drmuinho


    • B. Sc. in Chemistry, University of Santiago (Spain)
    • Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry, Montana State University
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington
    • Academic Profile
    • Research & Publications
    • Affiliations & Service
    • Recent Invited Talks
    Academic Profile

    Courses Taught

    • Chemical Principles I and Chemical Principles II
    • Human Chemistry I and Human Chemistry II
    • Thermodynamics
    • Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics
    • Biophysics
    • Introduction to Astrophysics
    • Computational and Mathematical Methods in Science
    • Other courses:  The Science of Star Trek, Food Science

    Academic Career Information

    • Dean of General Education (2012- Present)
    • Professor of Chemistry, Saint Francis University (2009-Present)
    • Research Integrity Officer, Saint Francis University (2009-2014)
    • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Saint Francis University (2003-2009)
    • Investigative Scientist, Office of the Inspector General, National Science Foundation (2008)
    • Visiting Research Professor, Montana State University (Summer 2002-2006)
    • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Saint Francis University (2000-2003)
    • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Kansas State University (1995-2000)
    Research & Publications

    Research Interests

    Selected Recent Publications

    •  42. Jianhua Xu, Binbin Chen, Patrik Callis, Pedro L. Muíño, Henriëtte Rozeboom, Jaap Broos, Dmitri Toptygin, Ludwig Brand and Jay R. Knutson.  Picosecond Fluorescence Dynamics of Tryptophan and 5-Fluorotryptophan in Monellin: Slow Water–Protein Relaxation Unmasked  J. Phys. Chem. B2015, 119, 4230–4239.   doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b01651
    • 40. Arianna Biesso, Jianhua Xu, Pedro L. Muíño, Patrik R. Callis and Jay R. Knutson.  Charge Invariant Protein-Water Relaxation in GB1 via Ultrafast Tryptophan Fluorescence.  J.  Am.  Chem.  Soc.  2014, 136, 2739-2747.    doi:10.1021/ja406126a
    •  38. Brittany A.  Kovacs and Pedro L.  Muíño.  Molecular Modeling of Folding in Lactam-Modified α-Conotoxins.  Spectrum2014, 4, 4-8.
    • 34. Aaron P. Osysko and Pedro L. Muíño. Fluorescence quenching of tryptophan and trypotophanyl dipeptides in solution. J. Biophys. Chem. 2011, 2, 316-321.  doi:10.4236/jbpc.2011.23036
    • 33. Chia-PinPan, Pedro L. Muíño, Mary Barkley, and Patrik R. Callis. Understanding Wavelength Dependence of Tryptophan Fluorescence Decays. J. Phys. Chem. B.2011, 115, 3245-3253. doi:10.1021/jp111925w
    • 28. Pedro L. Muíño and Patrik Callis.  Solvent Effects on the Fluorescence Quenching of Tryptophan by Amides via Electron Transfer.  Experimental and Computational Studies.  J. Phys. Chem. B. 2009, 113, 2572-2577. doi:10.1021/jp711513b
    • 27. Patrik R. Callis, Alexander Petrenko, Pedro L. Muíño, Ramón Tusell.  Ab Initio Prediction of Tryptophan Fluorescence Quenching by Protein Electric Field-Enabled Electron Transfer.  J. Phys. Chem. B.  2007, 111, 10335-10339. doi:10.1021/jp0744883
    • 23. Khaled A. Khatib, Thomas J. Herald, and Pedro L. Muíño.  Application of fluorescence spectroscopy to characterize soybean varieties.  Int. J. Food Sci. Tech.  2005, 40, 545-555. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2621.2005.00974.x
    • 22. Pedro L. Muíño.  The OH• + CH3SH Reaction: Support for an Addition-Elimination Mechanism from Ab Initio Calculations.  J. Comp. Chem.  2005, 26, 612-618. doi:10.1002/jcc.20195
    • 21. P. L. Muíño, A. M. Thompson, and R. J. Buenker.  Use of time-correlated single photon counting detection to measure the speed of light in water. Khim. Fiz. 2004, 23, 117-128. arXiv:physics/0502100
    • 20. R.J. Buenker, P. L Muíño. Quantum Mechancial Relations for the Energy, Momentum and Velocity of Single Photons in Dispersive Media. Khim. Fiz. 2004, 23, 111-116. arXiv:physics/0607094
    Affiliations & Service


    Community Service

    • Program Reviewer (Chemistry-Sec. Ed.) for the Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • Member of the Education Committee of the Biophysical Society
    • Regional Director for Kappa Mu Epsilon
    • Member of Penn-Mont Academy Board of Directors
    • Journal Reviewer
      • Journal of Physical Chemistry
      • Journal of Fluorescence
      • Journal of Chemical Education
      • The Chemical Educator
      • Structural Chemistry
    • Reviewer for the National Science Foundation
    Recent Invited Talks

    Recent Invited Talks

    • 24. Service-Research-Learning in the Bolivian Andes. Faculty Development Committee Presentation at Saint Francis University. Loretto, PA. November 7, 2013.
    • 23. The Amino Acid Tryptophan as a Probe of Protein Structure: How to explain the quantum yield in protein spectroscopy.  Universidade de A Coruña, Spain.  June 12, 2013.
    • 22. Research Integrity Oversight: A view from within the system. University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA. Ethics Forum. June 24, 2011.
    • 21. Why Research Integrity Matters to You. Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, PA. June 3, 2011.
    • 20. Responding to Academically Adrift: What Colleges Can Do. Saint Francis University Faculty Development Week. Loretto, PA. May 10, 2011.
    • 19. Educating Students in Responsible Professional Practices in Research. STEP Workshop for first and second year students. Loretto, PA. June 11, 2008.
    • 18. Ensuring Responsible Professional Practices in Research. Saint Francis University Faculty Development Week. Loretto, PA. May 6, 2008.
    • 17. Solving Global Warming. Saint Francis University Connections program. Loretto, PA. March 28, 2007.
    • 16. Molecular Modeling of Protein Fluorescence: getting information on protein shapes from light emission. Saint Francis University. Loretto, PA. November 16, 2006.
    • 15. Tryptophan as a Probe of Protein Structure. Centro de Química-Física Molecular. Instituto Superior Técnico. Lisbon, Portugal. May 30, 2005.