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Marquette chemistry professor awarded research sabbatical

MILWAUKEE — Scott Reid, Wehr Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Marquette University, was recently awarded the Way Klingler Sabbatical. Reid will continue in-depth research with colleagues in Madison and Australia from the fall of 2010 to spring 2011.

During his sabbatical, Reid will collaborate with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Sydney to develop new solutions for studying reactive intermediates. Since joining Marquette in 1994, Reid has established himself as a leader in the area of interactive intermediates – short-lived, unstable molecules that are key players in the mechanisms of many real-world chemical processes, such as reactions in combustion, the atmosphere and beyond. Reid believes this research will develop expertise in experimental methods that can be applied at Marquette for new research initiatives.

“Only by understanding the mechanisms of these important chemical processes can we make progress in better utilizing them,” said Reid.

Reid was drawn to Marquette because of the emphasis on research in his department.

“One thing I really appreciate about Marquette is the teacher-scholar model,” said Reid. “Your research informs your teaching, and you strive for excellence in both. Our research with undergraduate and postgraduate students is critical as we seek to encourage, motivate and equip the next generation of scientists.”

Reid’s reputation in his field was recognized by his colleagues, who cited his election as one of the main organizers of specialized workshops held biannually, as well as his selection to organize the Gordon Conference on Molecular Energy Transfer, which seeks to understand how energy flows within and between molecules.

Reid received his bachelor’s degree from Union University, Tennessee, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Andy Brodzeller
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