Academic Influence Interviews

At we have the opportunity and honor to speak with many scholars who are highly influential in their fields.

Our interviews typically reveal insights about an academic discipline that prospective students intent on studying that discipline find helpful. At the same time, our interviews explain

  • what top scholars are doing,
  • what got them into their profession,
  • what continues to excite them in their research, and
  • what it’s like being part of the communities into which their studies have led them.

Often we learn that there is so much more happening in a given discipline than is commonly imagined, so that these interviews turn into truly enlightening conversations.

We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we have enjoyed making them.

We are always bringing out new interviews, so please stay tuned.



Chemistry and Christianity | Interview with Dr. James Tour

Discovery, history, and lucky accidents in chemistry | Interview with Dr. Robert Curl


Exploring the Field of Cannabis | Interview with Dr. Allyn Howlett


How brilliant innovators propel the field of chemistry | Interview with Dr. Harry Gray


How Can We Make Chemical Systems More Efficient? | Interview with Dr. Gregory Scholes


How chemistry advances battery, energy, and reuse technology | Interview with Dr. Thomas Maschmeyer

How green chemistry encourages beautiful, elegant science | Interview with Dr. Paul Anastas

How nanoparticle science is advancing | Interview with Dr. George Schatz


How new scientific discoveries create exciting opportunities | Interview with Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi


How philosophy and chemistry combine | Interview with Dr. Eric Scerri


How to Study Cannabis | Interview with Dr. Allyn Howlett


Is chemistry just physics? | Interview with Dr. Eric Scerri


What is Happening in Nanochemistry? | Interview with Dr. James Tour


What is it like to be a scientist? Chemist Robert Curl talks with Karina