Muna Onuoha

Hi! My name is Muna Onuoha. I joined the research group in the summer after my first-year, but now I’m going to be a junior! In the past, I’ve studied protonation effects in clathrate hydrate cages, but this summer I looked at the physical properties of biomolecules found in sea spray aerosols. Both times, we used Gaussian 16 to perform electronic structure calculations, gathering data on optimized structures and vibrational frequencies of our molecules. I also employed molecular dynamics simulations (with NAMD software) to observe phase separation in aqueous systems of some sea spray biomolecules such as quinones and tryptophan. In the future, I want to work on applying explicit solvent conditions from molecular dynamics simulations to implicit-solvent based calculations for more accurate results.