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Physical Chemistry Professor Speaks at Conference in California

Posted: Mar 24, 2011

Dr. James Patterson was one of nine professors nationwide invited to speak at the 58th Annual Western Spectroscopy Association Conference last month. This is the first time in more than 10 years a BYU professor was invited to speak at the conference.

“It’s always good to be invited to speak,” Dr. Patterson said. “This is a smaller conference but it’s still an honor to be invited.”
The conference took place Jan. 19-21 ...

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Fundamental Reaction Mechanisms

Posted: Mar 10, 2009

The development of short-pulsed lasers has allowed for direct probing of chemical reactions in real time. Typically, one laser pulse is used to initiate a chemical reaction, and a second pulse is used to probe the intermediates or products some time later. Chemical reactions in condensed phases are especially well suited to these techniques, since the steps in the reactions occur very fast, usually on a time scale shorter than a nanosecond. My research focuses ...

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