George C. Schatz

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George C. Schatz is a theoretical chemist, editor-in-chief at the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and the Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He earned his B.S. from Clarkson College. He completed his post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, investigating chemical reaction kinetics.

His research specialty is in the field of reaction dynamics. One of the top theoretical chemists, he has conducted groundbreaking research into the computational modeling of the optical properties of nanoparticles, including how gold and silver nanoparticles absorb light. This work has important clinical implications for the diagnosis of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease, through the use of biosensors.

He credits his success to having had the opportunity to explore multiple fields of inquiry, allowing for a top-down interdisciplinary approach that opens up new possibilities.

Schatz has produced an impressive body of work, with over 900 scientific publications including Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry. He has been honored with the Ahmed Zewail Prize, an international award recognizing contributions to Chemical Physics.

He is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and the National Academy of Sciences. His research work today focuses primarily on nanotechnology and bionanotechnology.

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According to Wikipedia, George Chappell Schatz , the Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, is a theoretical chemist best known for his seminal contributions to the field of reaction dynamics. Born in Watertown, New York, he obtained his B. S. from Clarkson University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1976 under Aron Kuppermann. Following postdoctoral work at MIT, he joined the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University. Schatz is a member of the Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit.

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