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"A Peripatetic Journey in Physical Chemistry" Charles Pibel National Science Foundation

  • 10/22/2012 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Location: Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151
  • Event Type: Meeting

"A Peripatetic Journey in Physical Chemistry" Charles Pibel National Science FoundationIn this talk, I will describe a few of my career highlights as an experimental physical chemist – both as a researcher in academe and as a Federal civil servant. The first part of the talk will describe work done in Japan studying the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopy of some interesting molecules. The talk will focus specifically on studies of the electronic spectroscopy of XeKr which revealed the very unusual bonding in one of the lowest excited electronic states of this molecule. Part two will highlight work done at American University studying the spectroscopy of a particularly important hydrocarbon radical – the vinyl radical – using cavity ringdown spectroscopy. I will conclude with some discussion of the worklife of a science administrator at the National Science Foundation.