Phillips also had two research articles published earlier this summer. Both were written during the previous academic year, during which he was on sabbatical for the fall semester. The first of these, titled "Structural and Energetic Properties of Acetonitrile−Group IV (A & B) Halide Complexes," was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, (DOI: 10.1021/jp4115207) and was co-authored by several former UW-Eau Claire research students: Heather Helminiak, currently a teacher at Chippewa Falls High School; Robin Knauf, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Samuel Danforth, a graduate student at Western Washington University.
The other paper, titled "Quantum Chemical and Matrix-IR Characterization of CH3CN–BCl3: A Complex With Two Distinct Minima Along the B–N Bond Potential" was published in Physical Chemistry-Chemical Physics, (DOI: 10.1039/c4cp01495b) and was co-authored by former UW-Eau Claire students John Wrass and Kaitlin Bloomgren as well as Dr. Chris Cramer (University of Minnesota) and his former student Daniel Sadowsky. PCCP, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is the highest-impact journal in physical chemistry that emphasizes basic research.