David Chatfield is a computational chemist with a research program focused on the catalytic cycles and structure/function relationships of heme enzymes, as described on the home page. David also loves to teach. His bread and butter is Physical Chemistry I and II, as well as Statistical Thermodynamics, and occasionally he teaches General Chemistry. David enjoys helping the Department and its students, faculty and staff to thrive as best he can. In his spare time, David is an avid bicyclist and swimmer, and he loves choral singing.
Current research subjects include:
- Chloroperoxidase, a target for engineering synthetic biocatalysts
- The newly discovered globins neuroglobin and cytoglobin, potential therapeutic targets whose mechanisms of action are not fully understood
- Based on computer simulation techniques and is generally carried out in collaboration with wet-chemistry scientists