Arthur M. Halpern

Arthur Halpern

Professor Emeritus
Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Education

B.A., 1964, Rutgers University
Ph.D., 1968, Northeastern University

Postdoctoral Experience
1968-1970 University of Minnesota
1970-1971 Bell Laboratories


Selected Publications

"That’s Pretty Cool. Using Work to Freeze Water. The Vapor-Compression Refrigerator and How It Works," Arthur M. Halpern and Robert J. Noll, J. Chem. Educ., 97, 719-725 (2020).

"That’s So Cool. Using a Flame to Freeze Water. The Vapor-Absorption Refrigerator and How It Works," Arthur M. Halpern and Robert J. Noll, J. Chem. Educ., 97, 726-735 (2020).

"A Tale of Two Molecules: How the Heat Capacities of N2(g) and F2(g) Differ At High Temperature and Why Naive Expectations Fail to Explain These Differences: A Spreadsheet Exercise for Physical Chemistry Students," Arthur M. Halpern and Robert J. Noll, J. Chem. Educ., 96, 926-935 (2019).

“Using the Principles of Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics To Calculate the Melting and Boiling Points, Enthalpies and Entropies of Fusion and Vaporization of Water, and the Freezing Point Depression and Boiling Point Elevation of Ideal and Nonideal Aqueous Solution,” Arthur M. Halpern and Charles J. Marzzacco, J. Chem. Educ., 95, 2205-2211 (2018).

“Constructing the Phase Diagram of a Single-Component System Using Fundamental Principles of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: A Spreadsheet-Based Learning Experience for Students,” Arthur M. Halpern and Charles J. Marzzacco, J. Chem. Educ., 95, 2197-2204 (2018).

“Scientific Data Analysis Toolkit: A Versatile Add-In to Microsoft Excel for Windows,” Arthur M. Halpern, Stephen L. Frye and Charles J. Marzzacco, J. Chem. Educ., 95, 1063-1068 (2018).

"Exploring the Nature of the H2 Bond. 1. Using Spreadsheet Calculations To Examine the Valence Bond and Molecular Orbital Methods," Arthur M. Halpern and Eric D. Glendening, J. Chem. Educ. 90, 1452-1458 (2013).

"Exploring the Nature of the H2 Bond. 2. Using Ab Initio Molecular Orbital Calculations To Obtain the Molecular Constants," Arthur M. Halpern and Eric D. Glendening, J. Chem. Educ. 90, 1459-1462 (2013).

"A Computational Study of Rare Gas Clusters: Stepping Stones to the Solid State," J. Chem. Educ., 89, 1515-1521 (2012), with E. D. Glendening.

"From Dimer to Crystal: Calculating the Cohesive Energy of Rare Gas Solids," J. Chem. Educ., 89, 592 (2012).

"Dispersion Interactions between Rare Gas Atoms: Testing the London Equation Using ab initio Methods," J. Chem. Educ., 88, 174 (2011).

"Structural and Thermodynamic Properties of the Argon Dimer: A Computational Chemistry Exercise in Quantum and Statistical Mechanics," J. Chem. Educ., 87, 174 (2010). (Download the pdf version for free here by logging in with your ACS ID. If you do not have an ACS ID, you can register for one for free at the above link. After login, the page showing the pdf link will take a minute or two to load, so please be patient.)

"Gas Nonideality at One Atmosphere Revealed Through Speed of Sound Measurements and Heat Capacity Determinations," J. Chem. Educ., 85, 1568 (2008), with A. Liu.

"Ab Initio Calculations of Nitrogen Oxide Reactions: Formation of N2O2, N2O3, N2O4, N2O5, and N4O2 From NO, NO2, and NO3," J. Chem. Phys., 127, (2007), with E. D. Glendening.

"Ab Initio Study of the Torsional Potential Energy Surfaces of N2O3 and N2O4: Origin of the Torsional Barriers," J. Chem. Phys., 126, 154305 (2007), with E. D. Glendening.

"The Inversion Potential of Ammonia: An Intrinsic Reaction Coordinate Calculation For Student Investigation," J. Chem. Educ., 84, 1067 (2007), with B. R. Ramachandran and E. D. Glendening.

"Experimental Physical Chemistry: A Laboratory Textbook," 3/e, with G. C. McBane, W.H. Freeman (2006) ISBN 0-7167-1735-2.

"Computational Studies of a Chemical Reaction: The HNC ≡ HCN and CH3NC ≡ CH3CN Isomerization," J. Chem. Educ., 83, 69-76 (2006).

"Luminescence (Fluorescence and Phosphorescence)," in "Encyclopedia of Physics," 3/e, v. 1, pp. 1349-1354. R. G. Lerner and G. L. Trigg eds., Wiley-VCH, (2005) ISBN 3-527-40554-2.

"An Ab Initio Study of Cyclobutane: Molecular Structure, Ring-Puckering Potential, and the Origin of the Inversion Barrier," J. Phys. Chem. A, 109, 635-654 (2005), with E.D. Glendening.

"Gases," in "Chemistry Foundations and Applications," 4 vols., J.J. Lagowski, ed., New York: Macmillan Reference USA (2004) ISBN 0028657217.

"An Intrinsic Reaction Coordinate Calculation of the Torsion-Internal Rotation Potential of Hydrogen Peroxide and Its Isotopomers," J. Chem. Phys., 121, 273 (2004), with E. D. Glendening.

"An Intrinsic Reaction Coordinate Calculation of the Torsional Potential in Ethane: Comparison of the Computationally and Experimentally Derived Torsional Transitions and the Rotational Barrier," J. Chem. Phys., 119, 11186 (2003), with E. D. Glendening.

"Rare Gas Viscosoties: A Learning Tool," J. Chem. Educ., 79, 214 (2002).

"Intrinsic Reaction Coordinate Calculations of the Inversion/Bending Potentials in the X and A States of Ammonia," Chem. Phys. Lett., 333, 391 (2001), with E. D. Glendening.

"The Electronic Spectroscopy and Photophysics of Piperidine in the Vapor Phase," J. Phys. Chem. A, 104, 11733 (2000), with B.R. Ramachandran and E.D. Glendening.

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