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Kathleen D. Knierim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Montgomery Hall, Room 136

P.O. Box 43700
Lafayette LA 70504


B.S., Utah State University
Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1980

Research Interests:

Physical Chemistry - Computer modeling related to chemical kinetics, equilibrium and transport properties. Recent applications have been in the areas of pitting corrosion in oilfield environments and kinetics of DNA cleavage by metal complexes.


  • Wu Xu, Yuanya Zhang, Oliver Y. Achi, Kathleen D. Knierim, Justin G. Hanks and Yingchun Wang. “Tyrosine Nitration of Human ERK1 Introduces an Intra Hydrogen Bond by Molecular Dynamics Simulations” Structural Chemistry, August 2019, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p1459.
  • Salah S. Massoud, Richard S. Perkins, Kathleen D. Knierim, Sean P. Comiskey, Kara H. Otero, Corey L. Michel, Wesley M. Juneau, Jörg H. Albering, Franz A. Mautner, Wu Xu, Inorg. Chim. Acta 2013, 399, 177-184.  “Effect of the chelate ring size on the cleavage activity of DNA by copper(II) complexes containing pyridyl groups”
  • James D. Garber, Kathleen Knierim, Vinayak B. Patil, and Jared Hebert, “Role of Acetates on Pitting Corrosion in a CO2 System”, Corrosion 2010, paper 10185
  • James D. Garber, Kathleen Knierim, Juan Acuna, and Mr. Karan C. Deokar, “Modeling Pitting Corrosion in a CO2 System Containing Bacteria”, Corrosion 2008, paper 8545
  • Xu, W.; Craft, J. A.; Fontenot, P. R.; Barens, M.; Knierim, K. D.; Albering, J. H.; Mautner, F. A.; Massoud, S. S., Inorg. Chim. Acta 2011, 373,159-166. “Effect of the Central Metal Ion on the Cleavage of DNA by [M(TPA)Cl]ClO4 Complexes (M = CoII, CuII and ZnII, TPA = tris(2- pyridylmethyl) amine). An Efficient Artificial Nuclease for DNA Cleavage ”