A.B., 1976, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Degree in Chemistry with Honors. Research involved synthesis and Raman spectroscopy of halogenated cyclopropenes and cyclopropenium cations.
Ph.D., 1980, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Dissertation Title: Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy of Molecular Ions and Free Radicals): Studied unstable radicals and ions trapped in inert substrates (rare gas solids). In most cases these species were generated y vacuum ultra¬violet photolysis of condensing parent compounds (halocarbons, boron halides, and aro-matic hydrocarbons) and were analyzed through infrared absorption, UV/Vis absorption, and/or laser induced fluorescence tech¬niques.
1980 to 1982: NRC Postdoctoral Fellow (National Bureau of Standards). Applied laser spectroscopic techniques (absorption, fluorescence, and laser induced ionization) to a variety of combustion problems such as laser induced fluorescence and ultraviolet absorption of polycyclic aromatic hydro¬carbons, ultraviolet laser absorption of OH radicals, and multiphoton ionization spectroscopy of combustion product species.
George Washington University 1982: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, 1986: Promotion to Associate Professor, 1988: Tenure Granted, 1991: Promotion to Professor (continuing)
Cambridge University 2007: Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering 2008-present: Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering 2007-present: Bye Fellow, Robinson College (continuing)