April 20, 2006

Inaugural ISU Presidential Lecture in Chemistry features Northwestern professor

Iowa State University's Department of Chemistry is launching a new lecture series in May.

The Iowa State Presidential Lecture in Chemistry will be held Tuesday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in 1414 Molecular Biology. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mark Ratner, Morrison Professor of chemistry at Northwestern University in Chicago and member of the National Academy of Sciences, will speak on "NANO 301: What is New, and What Might Be Next."

Ratner has been at Northwestern since 1975. He has served as the Department of Chemistry's chair and was an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to coming to Northwestern, he worked at New York University and in Denmark and Munich, Germany.

Ratner researches structure at the nanoscale, function at the nanoscale and the theory of fundamental chemical processes. More specifically he attempts to bring together structure and function in molecular nanostructures, based on theoretical notions, on exemplary calculations and on collaborations with experimentalists and other theorists around the world.

In addition to his membership in the National Academy of Sciences, Ratner is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences. He has received major awards from both the American Chemical Society and the Foresight Institute.