N J DeYonker

Nathan DeYonker

Assistant Professor

(901) 678-2029
SM 411
Office Hours
4-6 Mon, 11-12 Tues/Wed, CCLC 11-12 Thurs

About Dr. Nathan DeYonker 


B. Sc. Chemistry, Minor in Astrophysics, 2001, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ph. D. Chemistry, 2005, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, August 2016 - Present
Research Scientist, Graduate Faculty July 2009 – August 2016
Department of Chemistry, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 
Director, Computational Research on Materials Institute at the University of Memphis (CROMIUM), August 2014 – Present

Teaching Experience

  • Fall Semester "General Chemistry II" - Chem 1120, "Systematic Inorganic Chemistry" –  CHEM 7111/8111, or "Structural Inorganic Chemistry" – CHEM 8112

  • Spring Semester "General Chemistry II" –  CHEM 1120

Recent Publications

N.  J. DeYonker, K. C. Charbonnet, W. A. Alexander, "Dipole moments of trans- and cis-(4-methylcyclohexyl)methanol (4-MCHM): obtaining the right conformer for the right reason", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 17856 (2016).

N. J. DeYonker, C. E. Webster, "A Theoretical Study of Phosphoryl Transfers of Tyrosyl-DNA Phosphodiesterase I (Tdp1) and the Possibility of a "Dead-End" Phosphohistidine Intermediate", Biochemistry, 54, 4236 (2015).

A. M. Dietrich, A. Thomas, Y. Zhao, E. Smiley, N. Shanaiah, M. Ahart, K. A. Charbonnet, N. J. DeYonker, W. A. Alexander, D. L. Gallagher, "Partitioning, Aqueous Solubility, and Dipole Moment Data for cis- and trans-(4-methylcyclohexyl)methanol, Principle Contaminants of the West Virginia Chemical Spill", Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2, 127 (2015), featured cover article, 04/14/2015 issue.

N. J. DeYonker, "What a Difference a Decade Has Not Made: The Murky Electronic Structure of Iron Monocyanide (FeCN) and Iron Monoisocyanide (FeNC)", J. Phys. Chem. A, 119, 215 (2015).

N. J. DeYonker, D. T. Halfen, W. D. Allen, L. M. Ziurys, "The Electronic Structure of Vanadium Monochloride Cation (VCl+): Tackling the Complexities of Transition Metal Species", J. Chem. Phys., 141, 204302 (2014).

N. J. DeYonker and S. A. Shah, "The Role of Core/Valence Electron Correlation in Gallium Halides: A Comparison of Composite Methods", Theor. Chem. Acc., 133, 1518 (2014).

Campus Organizations

Faculty Advisor of the University of Memphis Chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SM-ACS). January 2011 – present.


04/01/2014 - 03/31/2016 co-PI will Prof. William Alexander on "RAPID: Computation of Accurate Binding Energies of Emerging Contaminants on Environmental and Infrastructural Interfaces from the National Science Foundation", CBET-1435289.