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Scholarly Interest Report
         
James L. Kinsey
Professor Emertius
D. R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science Emeritus
 
e-mail:jlkinsey@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1956) Rice University
  • Ph. D. (1959) Rice University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Chemistry
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Rice Quantum Institute
  • Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
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    Websites
     James L. Kinsey
     Kinsey Research Group
     
    Research Areas
     Chemical dynamics, spectroscopy, lasers, theoretical chemistry
     
    Research Statement 2008
     Dr. Kinsey's research has touched upon a variety of areas in chemical physics/physical chemistry, most of them involved with dynamics of simple chemical reactions or molecular collisions.
    His most recent research deals with the dynamics of decomposition of photoexcited molecules [1-9]. It has often been pointed out that the separation of the fragments produced in a photodissociation is essentially a "half collision" or "half reaction." The Kinsey group's work on photoemission during photodissociation gives a spectroscopic means of following the motion of the transient state leading to photochemical fragmentation. This is accomplished by recording the spectrum of light emitted by the excited molecule. Because typical times for photodissociation (~10 psec) are much shorter than typical radiative life times (~10 nsec), there is only a very tiny (but finite) photon yield. The spectral characteristics of this radiation details of dynamic processes in the excited electronic state and in the ground electronic state as well. In the process of coming apart, the molecule sweeps through infinite displacements in molecular geometry, thereby developing the ability to radiate into extremely high vibrational levels of the electronic ground state. The pattern of intensities in these lines is a "footprint" of the dissociation process.

    Dr. Kinsey is no longer accepting new research students.
     
    Teaching Areas
     physical chemistry, honors
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Griffin, C.D., et al. "Multiscale quantum propagation using compact-support wavelets in space and time." Journal of Chemical Physics, 124 (2006) : 134105.

     
     Articles
     

    A. Maloney, Kinsey, J. L., Bruce R. Johnson "Wavelets in curvilinear coordinat quantum calculations: H2+ electronic states." Journal of Chemical Physics, 117 (2002) : 3548-3557.

     
     Other
     

    B. R. Johnson, J. L. Mackey and J. L. Kinsey "Solution of Cartesian and Curvilinear Quantum Equations via Multiwavelets on the Interval." J. Comp. Phys., 168 (2001) : 356-383.

     
     

    J. L. Mackey, B. R. Johnson, L. D. Le, C. Kittrell and J. L. Kinsey "Resonance Raman Spectroscopy in the Dissociative A Band of Nitrosyl Chloride." J. Chem. Phys., 114 (2001) : 6631-6640.

     
     

    B. R. Johnson and J. L. Kinsey "Quadrature Prefilters for the Discrete Wabelet Transform." IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, 48 (2000) : 873-875.

     
     

    Bruce R> Johnson, Jason P. Modisette, Peter J. Nordlander and James L. Kinsey "Quadrature Integration for Orthogonal Wavelet Systems." Journal of Chemical Physics, 110 (1999) : 8309-8317.

     
     

    Chih-Wei Hsiao, Linh D. Le, Erik S. Lotfi, Carter Kittrell, James L. Kinsey and Bruce R. Johnson "Quantum Signatures of Unstable Dynamics in the Photodissociation of Ozone."  (1999) : 193-197.

     
     

    Bruce R. Johnson, Bor-Yu Chang, Chih-Wei Hsiao, Linh Le and James L. Kinsey "Temperature Dependence and Dynamical Instability in the Hartley Absorption System of Ozone." Journal of Chemical Physics, 108 (1998) : 7670.

     
     

    James L. Kinsey and Bruce R. Johnson "Angular Distributions of Products in the Photodissociation of Diatomic Molecules." Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 102 (1998) : 9660-9665.

     
     

    James L. Kinsey and Raphael D. Levine "Richard Barry Bernstein." Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences, 75 (1998) : 3-20.

     
     

    Joshua Jortner, James L. Kinsey and William H. Miller "Raphael David Levine: Introduction and Biographical Sketch." Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 102 (1998) : 9309-9311.

     
     

    R. E. Stevens, C.-W. Hsiao, L. Le, N. J. Curro, B. J. Monton, B.-Y. Chang, C.-Y. Kung, C. Kittrell and J. L. Kinsey "Partial Pressure Monitor and Controller for Stable Ozone Flow From a Silica Gel Trap." Reviews of Scientific Instruments , 69 (1998) : 2504-09.

     
    Presentations
     Other
     

    "Breaking of Chemical Bonds: Shedding Light on Dissociation." Jeremy Musher Memorial Lecture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (March 11, 1998)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Erik Siavash Lotfi, PhD Photodissociation Dynamics of Ozone using Raman Excitation Profiles. (2004) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     American Chemical Society, (Member)

     American Academy of Arts and Sciences, (Member)

     Member, Advisory Committee on Research Programs, State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, (2000-2003).,

     Member, Visiting Committee, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology,

     American Physical Society, (Member)

      Member of Council, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, (1998-2001).,

     National Academy of Sciences, (Member)

     American Association for the Advancement of Science, (Member)

     Member, External Visiting Committee for Chemistry Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (1996-2002),

     Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

     Fellow, American Physical Society

     Member, American Chemical Society

     Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

     Member, National Academy of Sciences

     Member of Council, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998-2001)

     External Visiting Committee for Chemistry Department, University of Pennsylvania (2000)

     External Visiting Committee for Chemistry Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996-2002)

     Member, Advisory Committee on Research Programs, State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (2000-2003)

     Membership Committee, Section I-3, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2000)

     Member, National Academy of Sciences

     Advisory Board, Laboratory for Molecular Science, Cal Tech

     Member, Strategic Planning Subcommittee on Governance, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

     Member, American Chemical Society

     Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

     Fellow, American Physical Society

     Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

     Member, Membership Panel for Chemistry Section, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

     Search Committee for Dean of Science and Engineering, International University Bremen

     Visiting Committee, M. I. T. Department of Chemistry

     Member of Council, American Academyof Arts and Sciences

     External Visiting Committee, Cal Tech Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

     Distinguished Alumnus Award, Association of Rice University Alumni, (1998)

     American Physical Society Earle K. Plyler Prize, (1995)

     Amer. Chem. Soc. Nobel Laureate Signature Award in Graduate Education, (1990)

     U. S. Dept. of Energy E.O. Lawrence Award, (1987)

     J.S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, (1969-1970)

     Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, (1964-1968)

     Sigma Xi, (1956)