(recorded in 2002)
John Brauman's research has centered on structure and reactivity. He has studied ionic reactions in the gas phase, including acid-base chemistry, the mechanisms of proton transfers, nucleophilic displacement, and addition-elimination reactions. His work includes inferences about the shape of the potential surfaces and the dynamics of reactions on these surfaces. He has made contributions to the field of electron photodetachment spectroscopy of negative ions, measurements of electron affinities, the study of dipole-supported electronic states, and multiple photon infrared activation of ions. He has also studied mechanisms of solution and gas phase organic reactions as well as organometallic reactions and the behavior of biomimetic organometallic species. Brauman received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA and then took a position at Stanford University where he is currently J.G. Jackson - C.J. Wood Professor of Chemistry.
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John Brauman discusses what got him interested in chemistry and his early research. (11 minutes)
Brauman describes his research collaboration with John Baldeschwieler as well as his approach to defining and solving scientific problems. (8 minutes)
Brauman talks about his initial work on the behavior of acids and bases. (10 minutes)
Brauman discusses the impact of his work on acid strengths and reaction dynamics. (8 minutes)
Brauman describes his work on the mechanisms of proton transfer and also discusses his approach to the research he has undertaken. (10 minutes)
Brauman talks about his most gratifying work as well as the most frustrating. (12 minutes)
Brauman expresses his appreciation for the support his research has received and to Stanford and his collaborators. (8 minutes)
Last Updated: 07-26-2004
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