12/05/19 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Department Seminar: Professor Brooks H. Pate
Brooks Pate is the the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. His research group studies the dynamics of molecules with significant amounts of vibrational energy. A major emphasis of his group's work is understanding the spectroscopy of molecules as the IVR process, and possibly reaction, occurs. In particular, we are interested in how coherent excitation of highly excited molecules can be used to influence reaction products. They have developed a new type of molecular spectroscopy called dynamic rotational spectroscopy to study isomerization reactions of isolated molecules. They also investigate the vibrational dynamics of molecules in dilute solution.