Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Phone: +1 512 471 3555, +1 512 471 1092
Peter Rossky obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University. After two years of postdoctoral study at SUNY-Stony Brook studying ionic solutions, in 1979 he joined the faculty of the Dept. of Chemistry (now Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry). He is now the George W. Watt Centennial Professor of Chemistry and the Director of the Institute for Theoretical Chemistry. Rossky has published approximately 150 papers in the fields of solution chemistry, computer simulation, and theoretical chemistry. His work has emphasized application of theory to elucidating the molecular-level description of solution chemistry, particularly aqueous solutions. Areas of application have included, first, biologically relevant solutions. Ionic interactions in DNA form a long standing interest. He has also been a major contributor in the area of biopolymer hydration, widely recognized for its significance to the stability of native biological structures. Similarly, technological interest for novel chemistry and for chemical waste disposal has motivated molecular level studies of supercritical fluids, specifically in the context of molecular solvation and reaction thermodynamics in supercritical water. His work on new computer simulation methodology for studying mechanisms of solution photochemistry has emphasized not only the chemistry, but also the interpretation of observable ultrafast transient spectroscopy. Rossky has served on the Editorial Boards of a number of leading chemistry journals, including "Accounts of Chemical Research,"; "Chemical Physics Letters,"; "The Journal of Chemical Physics,"; "The Journal of Physical Chemistry,"; "Theoretical Chemistry Accounts," and "PhysChemComm " (U.K. Royal Society of Chemistry).
Physical chemistry; theoretical chemistry; computer simulation; solvent effects on chemical reactions; hydration and aqueous solutions.