J. Daniel Gezelter, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Education and Undergraduate Programs

Senior Associate Dean for Education and Undergraduate Programs
215 Jordan Hall of Science
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-6375

J. Daniel Gezelter is the associate dean for undergraduate studies and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He directs the undergraduate affairs of the College of Science, serves as chair of the college undergraduate committee, and is liaison to the Registrar's Office and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Gezelter earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and philosophy from Duke University and was a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He earned his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, before working as postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University. He was hired as an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame in 1999 and was promoted to full professor in 2015.

As a member of the Notre Dame chemistry faculty, Gezelter served as both the director of undergraduate studies and the director of graduate admissions. He has earned several teaching awards, including the Shilts/Leonard teaching award in 2020, and the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in both 2013 and 2020.

Gezelter’s research focuses on molecular dynamics of complex interfaces. His laboratory develops new simulation methodology and software, simulates ice/water interfaces, metallic nanoparticles in liquid environments, lipid bilayers, and phase transitions and enantiomer separation in water.