Richard Mabbs

Richard Mabbs

Associate Professor of Chemistry
PhD, Nottingham University, UK
BSc, Nottingham University, UK
research interests:
  • Anions/Cluster Anions
  • Dissociative Attachment
  • Laser Spectroscopy
  • Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Reaction Dynamics

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1134
    One Brookings Dr.
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

​Richard Mabbs' research interests focus on electron-molecule, electron-atom, and ion-molecule interactions, the dynamics of reactions induced by electron capture and photoexcitation, and the electronic structure of atoms, molecules, and ions.

Selected Publications

"Spectroscopy of Temporary Anion States: Renner-Teller Coupling and Electronic Autodetachment in Copper Difluoride Anion." Justin Lyle, Thomas-C. Jagau, Richard Mabbs. Faraday Discuss. DOI: 10.1039/c8fd00224.

"Characterization of the vibrational properties of copper difluoride anion and neutral ground states via direct and indirect photodetachment spectroscopy." Justin Lyle, Sudharson Ravishankar Chandramoulee, Jacob, R. Hamilton, Blaine A. Traylor, Timothy L. Guasco, Thomas-C. Jagau, Richard Mabbs. J. Chem. Phys. DOI: 10.1063/1.5040122.

"Channel branching ratios in CH2CN photodetachment: Rotational structure and vibrational energy redistribution in autodetachment." Justin Lyle, Olivia Wedig, Sahil Gulania, Anna I. Krylov, Richard Mabbs. Journal of Chemical Physics (2017), 147, 234309.

"Same but Different: Dipole-Stabilized Shape Resonances in CuFand AgF." Thomas-C. Jagau, Diep Bich Dao, Nicholas S. Holtgrewe, Anna I. Krylov, Anna I, Richard Mabbs. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2015), 6, 2786-2793.

"Photodetachment and Photodissociation of the Linear OCuO Molecular Anion: Energy and Time dependence of Cu Production." R. Mabbs*, N. Holtgrewe, D. Dao, and J. Lasinski. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CP52986J.

"Photoelectron Imaging: Advanced Research Techniques as Teaching Tools." R. Mabbs, K. Pichugin, E. Grumbling, A. Sanov* J. Chem. Ed., 88, 1515, 2011.

"Observation of Vibration-Dependent Electron Anisotropy in O2 Photodetachment." R. Mabbs*, F. Mbaiwa, J. Wie, M. Van Duzor, S.T. Gibson, S. J. Cavanagh, B.R. Lewis. Physical Review A, 82, 011401, 2010.

"Threshold Effects in I∙CH3CN and I∙H2O Cluster Anion Detachment: The Angular Distribution as an Indicator of Electronic Autodetachment." F. Mbaiwa, J. Wei, M. Van Duzor, R. Mabbs*. J. Chem. Phys.132, 134304, 2010.