Professor Richard N. Zare pursues diverse theoretical and experimental interests in physical chemistry and nanoscale chemical analysis. The Zare lab has made a broad impact in analytic chemistry with development of laser-induced fluorescence to study reaction dynamics, and seminal contributions to understanding of molecular collision processes. He received his . and . from Harvard University, and joined the Chemistry Department at Stanford in 1977. He has taught an introductory chemistry class every year since, including developing a course introducing undergraduates to hands-on interdisciplinary research, combining physics and biology to explore how living systems use molecular interactions with light for vision, photosynthesis, and more. His dedication to research and teaching has been recognized in many awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
Chemistry is the central science and we are actively involved in internationally leading research including working with other disciplines. Our staff have research programmes funded by national and international funding agencies as well as a wide range of industries. The School has an excellent research environment with state of the art equipment and other facilities. We invite you to explore our staff pages to learn about the exciting research that is taking place in the School, in areas such as energy, green chemistry, marine chemistry, (bio)materials, analytical chemistry, synthesis, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical chemistry. Some of our research centres include Nanoscale Biophotonics , Combustion Chemistry Centre , and Asymmetric Catalytic Transformations