Texas Tech Chemistry Professor Honored in the Journal of Physical Chemistry

DATE: March 14, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – A Texas Tech chemistry professor recently was honored by The Journal of Physical Chemistry by having an issue dedicated to his lifetime of scientific work.

William “Bill” Hase, the Robert A. Welch professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was featured in the Feb. 2 issue in honor of his 60th birthday.

“It is really special and humbling,” Hase said of having an issue of the journal dedicated to him. “It is an honor. This whole special issue has made me look back on my research with all kinds of perspectives.”

Hase has spent the past 35 years of his career simulating chemical reactions on the computer. By doing this, he and others can determine the motions of atoms in molecules as they react and understand why reactions occur and form specific products at the atomic level.

Currently, Hase is studying the chemical reaction that takes place when oxygen erodes the surface of spacecraft that are in low orbit around the earth.

George Schatz, editor-in-chief for the journal, said Hase’s dedication to his career made him a natural choice for the journal profile.

“The Journal of Physical Chemistry does six to eight special issues like this each year,” Schatz said. “Bill has had a distinguished career, so his selection for this honor is a very appropriate thing to do. Bill has contributed to the field of physical chemistry in many different ways, and he has collaborated with a wide range of scientists to produce theories of molecular processes, which are of fundamental importance and are extensively used.”


CONTACT: William “Bill” Hase, Robert A. Welch Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, (806) 742-3152, bill.hase@ttu.edu.