Bess Vlaisavljevich

Bess Vlaisavljevich

Assistant Professor



Phone: (605) 677-5487




Dr. Vlaisavljeich recieved her B.A. from the University of Minnesota - Morris in 2007. She continued her studies at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she obtained her M.S. in Chemistry in 2010 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2013. Before joining the Department of Chemistry in 2017, she performed postdoctoral research at the University of California Berkeley (2013 to 2015) and at Northwestern University (2015 to 2017).

Teaching Interests:

Physical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, General Chemistry

Research Interests:

We are interested in studying systems that contain transition metals, lanthanides, or actinides including cases with multiple metal centers, non-innocent ligands, and materials with defect sites that have the potential to increase the complexity of the electronic structure. Through the combined use of quantum chemical and classical methods, our goal is to rationalize, predict, and inspire the design of new materials. We are open to collaborations with both experimental or other computational groups.


  • Ph D, Chemistry, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2013
  • MS, Chemistry, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2010
  • BA, Chemistry, University of Minnesota - Morris, 2007