Dr. Geraldine Richmond

Professor Dr. Geraldine Geri Richmond
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 4:00pm
IMU Main Lounge

The Department of Chemistry presents the inaugural True Lecture Series with guest speaker 

Geraldine Richmond

Under Secretary of Energy for Science and Innovation
U.S. Department of Energy

Presenting: Surf, Sink or Swim: Understanding Environmentally Important Processes at Water Surfaces 

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022  |  4:00 PM
Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge 180
125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA 52242

Abstract: Although the special properties of water have been valued and appreciated for centuries, as scientists we continue to be perplexed by the molecular make-up of water in all its forms.  Equally perplexing is the surface of water, the entry gate for anything going into our water.  In our laboratory we study environmentally important processes at aqueous surfaces using laser based spectroscopic techniques and molecular dynamics simulations.  I will focus my talk on what we have learned about the intriguing molecular behavior of water surfaces, how its behavior plays a role in important environmental processes and how it has guided my career beyond my expectations.