Stuart A. Rice Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor

Born New York, New York, 1932.
Brooklyn College, S.B., 1952.
Harvard University, A.M., 1954; Ph.D., 1955.
Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, 1955-57.
University of Chicago, Professor, 1957-.


2011 Wolf Prize.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Fellow, National Academy of Sciences.
Foreign Member, Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters
Fellow, American Philosophical Society.
2002 Hirschfelder Medal for Theoretical Chemistry.
1999 National Medal of Science.
1999-2000 Newton-Abraham Professor, Oxford University.
1997 Centennial Medal, Harvard University.
1987 Joel Henry Hildebrand Award, American Chemical Society.
1985 Peter Debye Award, American Chemical Society.
1979 Fairchild Scholar, Caltech.
1978 Scientific Achievement Award Medal, CUNY, New York.
1971 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award, American Chemical Society.
1970 Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, The University of Chicago.
1966 Medal of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
1963 Marlow Medal of the Faraday Society.
1962 American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry.
1960-1961 Guggenheim Fellow.
1958-1962 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.
1955 A. Cressy Morrison Prize in Natural Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences.

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My research interests are currently in two broad areas: active control of quantum dynamical processes, and the properties of interfaces. In the first category, the goal is to develop theoretical understanding of methods to achieve control of selectivity of product formation in a chemical reaction. At present the focus of the research effort is on developing a general formalism for the control of quantum dynamical systems, on understanding the limitations to the use of optimally shaped time dependent fields to control the evolution of a molecule, extending the theory of control to reactions in condensed media, and developing a version of the general theory that is useful when applied to large molecules.

In the second category, the aim is to understand the properties of inhomogeneous liquids (e.g. the structure of the liquid-vapor and liquid-solid interfaces) and, more generally, the properties of quasi-two dimensional systems. Among the questions of interest are: How does the structure of the inhomogeneous interface of a metallic alloy depend on the electronic structure of the species? What determines the concentration profile of a component that segregates at a liquid-x interface? How do the properties of phase changes in quasi-two dimensional systems depend on the intermolecular potential? What are the dynamical properties of two dimensional liquids? Is the surface of a liquid effectively two dimensional or not?

Typical studies involve the development of theoretical models, the utilization of computer simulations of model systems, the use of grazing incidence x-ray diffraction to study the adsorbed layer structure in the plane of the surface and of x-ray reflection to study the density distribution of the inhomogeneous system along the normal to the surface, the use of evanescent wave dynamical light scattering to study motion in the interface, and video microscope studies of phase transitions and diffusion in quasi-two dimensional colloid suspensions.

Selected References

Adiabatic population transfer in a liquid: Taking advantage of a decaying target state. J. Chem. Phys., 120, 3777 (2004).

Selective photochemistry via adiabatic passage: Degenerate product states with different lifetimes. J. Chem. Phys., 120, 5117 (2004).

Cooperative dynamics in two-dimensions. Phys. Rev. Lett., 92, 035502 (2004).

The effect of Gauche molecular conformations on the phase diagram of a Langmuir monolayer. Langmuir, 19, 2386 (2003).

What can we learn from the structures of the liquid-vapor interfaces of metals and alloys? Yangtze Conference of Fluids and interfaces. Molecular Stimulation, 29, 593 (2003).

Sequential STIRAP based control of the HCN -> CNH Isomerization. Chem. Phys. Lett., 344, 125-137 (2001).

Dynamical heterogeneity in a dense quasi-two-dimensional colloidal liquid, J. Chem. Phys., 114, 9142 (2001).

Melting of a quasi-two-dimensional metallic system, Phys. Rev. E, 63, 051502 (2001).

Optical Control of Molecular Dynamics, Wiley Interscience, New York (2000).

Structure of the liquid-vapor interface of a dilute alloy of Pb in Ga. Phys. Rev. B., 62, 13111 (2000).