Richard J. Saykally, professor of chemistry at University of California Berkeley and a leading expert responsible for pivotal advances in spectroscopy, will discuss the molecular complexities of water on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
“Professor Saykally’s research group has developed many new experimental techniques that have allowed for detailed analysis of some of the most important chemical species,” says Assistant Professor of Chemistry Josh Newby. “It’s nearly impossible to go to a conference without seeing a reference to his work.”
The lecture “What Makes Water Wet? The Latest Word on the Most Important Molecule in the Universe” is open to the public. Saykally will also discuss his research in physical chemistry with students the following day at 1:30 p.m. in Napier 101.
A member of the Berkeley faculty since 1979, Saykally is responsible for important advances in spectroscopy such as velocity modulation, terahertz laser vibration-rotation-tunneling and infrared photon counting.
He is the co-author of more than 400 publications and the recipient of over 70 honors and awards from 10 countries, ranging from the E.O. Lawrence Award in Chemistry from the U.S. Department of Energy to the Hinshelwood Lectureship from Oxford University. Saykally is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a UC-Berkeley Distinguished Teacher, and has been active at the national level in science education.