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Richard Saykally

Richard J. Saykally
Born 1947
Nationality American
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Doctoral students Martin Gruebele
Known for Molecular characteristics and structure of water

Richard J. Saykally (born 1947) is an American chemist. He is currently a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has received numerous awards for his research on the molecular characteristics of water.

Early life and education

Born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin,[1] Saykally received a B.S. degree in Physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.[2] He received a Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1977. He was an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Boulder, Colorado) from 1977-1979.

Career

Saykally's first faculty position was at the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. He has remained at that institution his entire career, and holds the Class of 1932 Professor Chair there.[3]

Saykally was listed number 15 in the Science Watch Magazine's "Cream of the Crop in Chemistry", a compilation of "high-impact" papers in chemistry published 1994-1996. This review tabulates the number of citations a given author's works receives in the published literature.[4] This compilation stated "Investigation of a particular liquid - water - accounts for the presence of yet another UC Berkeley chemist on the list: Richard J. Saykally. his four highly-cited reports contribute to a detailed picture, on a time scale of trillionths of a second, of the complex interactions of water molecules."

Additionally, Saykally participated in the award-winning US PBS television series The Sacred Balance. The second episode of that series showed Saykally explaining how the structure of the water molecule gives it special properties.[5]

Saykally and his research team pioneered IR Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy and the study of small clusters of water molecules.[6]

Awards and honors

Current research interests

As of 2009, Saykally's active research includes:[7]

References

External links

  • Saykally Group Website
  • Richard J. Saykally
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