Richard Saykally

Professor of Chemistry
Class of 1932 Endowed Professor

office: D33 Hildebrand Hall
phone: 510.642.8269
fax: 510.642.8369
lab phone: 510.642.1047
student/post doc office: D36 Hildebrand Hall

Research Group
Recent Publications

Research Interests

Physical Chemistry, Surface Science, Analytical Chemistry, Materials and Solid State Chemistry — New laser and synchrotron spectroscopy methods are developed for the study of chemistry in aqueous systems, properties and reactions at liquid surfaces, new forms of matter, and molecular astrophysics with an emphasis on the study of water and aqueous systems.

Active projects include terahertz laser spectroscopy of clusters, synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy of liquids and their surfaces, nonlinear chemical imaging microscopy of novel and nanostructured materials, and chemical reactions at liquid surfaces. We continue to focus on problems involving liquid water and its surface.


Professor, born 1947; B.S. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1970); Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977); National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow-NIST, Boulder, CO (1977-79); Dreyfus Award (1979); Presidential Young Investigator Award (1984); Miller Research Professor (1985-86); E.K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy (1989); Michelson Prize for Spectroscopy (1989); Lippincott Medal for Spectroscopy (1992); Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award (1992); ACS Harrison Howe Award (1992); Royal Society of Chemistry Bourke Medal (1992); Churchill Fellowship, Cambridge University (1995); Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (1995); Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1995); Fellow of APS, OSA, and Royal Society of Chemistry; Member of National Academy of Sciences (1999); Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (1999); ACS Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics (2000); Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2001); E.O. Lawrence Award (2004); Johannes Markus Marci Medal (Czechoslovakia, 2004); Morino Lectureship (Japan, 2005); Oxford University Hinshelwood Lectureship (2006); Inaugural Solvay Chair in Chemistry (Belgium, 2008); ACS Peter DeBye Award in Physical Chemistry (2009); J.C. Bose Memorial Lecturer (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, 2011); Morris Travers Lecturer (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2011); UK Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Lectureship Prize (2012).