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Current Speaker - Catherine H. Bone Lecture Series

Geraldine RichmondThe Catherine H. Bone Lecture in Chemistry presents:

Geraldine Richmond

Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry
University of Oregon

"Mulling Over Emulsions: Molecular Assembly at Complex Liquid Surfaces"

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 including how soaps, surfactants and dispersants adsorb at this unique fluid junction. This presentation will focus on our most recent efforts in understanding the molecular properties of the oil-water interface and the unique love-hate environment it provides for adsorption of soaps, polymers and macromolecules at both planar and nanoemulsion oil/water interfaces.

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods focusses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at liquid surfaces. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served in leadership roles on many international, national and state governing and advisory boards. She is currently serving as a member of the National Science Board, as the U.S. Science Envoy to the Lower Mekong River Countries and as Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Richmond is the founding director of COACh a grass-roots organization formed in 1998 that has helped over 20,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the 2018 Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Medal of Science (2013), the American Phyical Society Davisson-Germer Prize (2013), the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Liquids (2011) the Speirs Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2004) and the ACS Olin-Garvan Medal (1996). Awards for her education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award for Outstanding Public Service (2013), the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences (2005), and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (1997).

Website: http://richmondscience.uoregon.edu

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