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Understanding the Love-Hate Relationship between Oil and Water

Prof. Geri Richmond
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Since the Romans first spread oil on water to calm the raging seas, curiosity has persisted about the unique nature of the interface between water and a hydrophobic liquid. Understanding how molecules behave at an oil-water interface is critical for solving many technological and environmental problems. This presentation will focus on our most recent efforts in understanding what happens on a molecular level when oil and water meet, and the unique environment these oil-water interfaces provide for ions, molecules, macromolecules that are drawn into the inner realm. The studies are a combination of spectroscopic and thermodynamic measurements coupled with theoretical simulations.

Wednesday, April 12, Noon-1 p.m.
Ryan Library Romita Auditorium
Reception: 1-3 p.m. in LaPenta McGrath Room A&B


About Dr. Richmond

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using Photo of Geraldine Richmond laser spectroscopy and computational methods focuses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at water, semiconductor and mineral surfaces. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science.  She has served in leadership roles on many international, national and state governing and advisory boards including as a current member of the National Science Board and most recently as U.S. Science Envoy for the Lower Mekong River countries and President of AAAS.  She is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization that has been assisting in the advancement of women scientists around the globe since 1997.Geraldine Richmond with President Barack Obama Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Olin-Garvan Medal, the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award and the American Physical Society Davisson-Germer Prize. Awards for these education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences and the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award.

She will present a speech titled "Empowering Global Scientific Engagement" on Tuesday, April 11, from Noon-1 p.m. in the Christopher Murphy Auditorium.

She will present a speech titled "Understanding the Love-Hate Relationship between Oil and Water" on Wednesday, April 12 from Noon-1 p.m. in Romita Auditorium.

Learn more about Dr. Richmond.