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Dr. Matthew Brynteson

Associate Professor of Chemistry

(434) 592-7706
Center for Natural Sciences, Room 117



  • Ph.D., in Chemistry from University of Chicago
  • M.S., in Chemistry from University of Chicago
  • B.S., in Mathematics from Rockford University
  • B.S., in Chemistry from Rockford University



Dr. Brynteson was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the oldest of three siblings (2 brothers and 1 sister). At age 15, his family moved from Virginia to Rockford, Illinois, which is where he finished high school and attended college at Rockford University. During his time at Rockford University, he had the opportunity to teach high school math and chemistry at a local private high school. The great experience from teaching high school classes led him to pursue a career in teaching at the college level. After earning his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2014, he moved back to Virginia to teach chemistry at Liberty University.

His research focusses on studying the gas-phase unimolecular dissociation dynamics of vibrationally excited radicals. Radical decomposition is a very important in better understanding combustion, explosives, and the chemistry of the atmosphere. Better understanding the product-branching resulting from gas-phase radical decomposition will allow for improved atmospheric models, cleaner combustion, and improved design of explosives.


Courses Taught

  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 465 Physical Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 462 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 466 Physical Chemistry II Lab



  • Booth, R. S.; Brynteson, M. D.; Lee, S. –H.; Lin, J. J.; Butler, L. J. Further studies into the photodissociation pathways of 2-bromo-2-nitropropane and the dissociation channels of the 2-nitro-2-propyl radical intermediate. J. Phys. Chem. A  DOI: 10.1021/jp502277v.
  • Brynteson, M. D.; Womack, C. C.; Booth, R. S.; Lee, S. –H.; Lin, J. J.; Butler, L. J. Radical Intermediates in the Addition of OH to Propene: Photolytic Precursors and Angular Momentum Effects. (Submitted to J. Phys. Chem. A).
  • Wang, L.; Lam, C. –S.; Chhantyal-Pun, R.; Brynteson, M. D.; Butler, L. J. Imaging and Scattering Studies of the Unimolecular Dissociation of the BrCH2CH2O Radical from BrCH2CH2ONO Photolysis at 351 nm. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2014, 118, 404-416.
  • Booth, R. S.; Lam, C. –S.; Brynteson, M. D.; Wang, L.; Butler, L. J. Elucidating the Decomposition Mechanism of Energetic Materials with Geminal Dinitro Groups Using 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane Photodissociation. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2013, 117, 9531-9547.
  • Womack, C. C.; Booth, R. S.; Brynteson, M. D.; Butler, L. J.; Szpunar, D. E. Characterizing the Rovibrational Distribution of CD2CD2OH Radicals Produced via the Photodissociation of 2-Bromoethanol-d4. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2011, 115, 14559-14569.
  • Alligood, B. W.; Womack, C. C.; Brynteson, M. D.; Butler, L. J. Dissociative Photoionziation of CH3C(O)CH2 to C2H5+. Int. J. Mass. Spectrom. 2011, 304, 45-50.