"Scientific research is my passion and my profession, and I thoroughly enjoy a broad range of research – from the investigation of fundamental theoretical questions and development of methodologies in quantum mechanics to our partnerships with a pharmaceutical company, a clean energy company, and the MSU Power Plant – and, the impact that we can all make as chemical scientists."  - Angela K. Wilson

Because of the versatility of the methods that Angela and her research group utilize and have developed,  they investigate a broad range of chemical science challenges.  Below are a few examples of research areas in which she and her team are engaged.


Please feel free to visit Angela's professional website for further details about her research.  A listing of her publications are available here.

2020 Research Team

Medicinal Chemistry/Biochemistry

  • Protein modeling

  • Signaling pathways towards disease

  • Drug design (in partnership with a  pharmaceutical company and as part of MSU's drug discovery team)

Chem. Sci. 2020,, 11, 6393. (back cover)

Environmental Chemistry, Energy to Fuels

  • From proteins to power plants

  • Sequestration, utilization

  • Scrubbers, water-gas shift reactions

  • Partnering with the T.B. Simon Power Plant and a clean energy company

Quantum dynamics, method development

  • Spin crossover compounds

  • Quantum phenomena (coherence, beats)

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2019, 21, 7265. (back cover)


  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous

  • Selectivity, thermochemistry, kinetics

J.. Phys. Chem. C   116, 5681 (2012)

Quantum mechanics method development

  • Ab initio composite methods

  • Basis sets (correlation consistent)

  • Single- and multi-reference wave function approaches

  • Relativistic approaches

Development and application across the periodic table, from organics to transition metals and the heavy elements.