Carl Dirk

PSSCI 309c&d
Physical Sciences Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Carl Dirk

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Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Dirk is passionate about using computational methods in science, and nearly all of his research is associated with computational approaches. His main research expertise is in theoretical modeling and design of optical materials, primarily focused on molecular centered response properties. Dr. Dirk has a strong interest also in the molecular modeling of ground state and photochemical molecular chemical reactions. He also has expertise in design of safer lighting for the display of art, as well as associated expertise in color theory related phenomena. By way of an UTEP University IDR, Dr. Dirk is beginning an interaction a scientific collaboration with a company, PhotoKinetics, Inc. on lighting which impacts health through its effect through the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells of the eye. This IDR collaboration includes Dr. Kristin Gosselink of Biology, and Dr. Hector Olvera of Nursing.


  1. Art conservation science
  2. Color theory
  3. Computational science
  4. Health effects of the lighted environment
  5. Molecular modeling
  6. Optical properties of organic materials


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  3. National Defense & Border Security
  4. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
  5. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology