Department of Chemistry

College of Letters & Science
James L. Skinner

Email address: skinner@chem.wisc.edu

Position Name: 
Emeritus Professor

B.A. 1975, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D. 1979, Harvard University

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Research Description

Professor Skinner is no longer taking students at UW-Madison.

The Skinner research group has been interested in the structure and dynamics of condensed phase systems, and in particular, in the theory of time-dependent phenomena in liquids. Experimentally, one important approach for determining the structure and dynamics of condensed matter involves linear and non-linear vibrational spectroscopy. Typically, such spectroscopy contains information about local molecular environments, whose extraction, however, usually requires theoretical models and their solutions. In order to accomplish this, we use ab initio calculations, molecular dynamics simulations, statistical mechanics, and basically any theoretical approach that will enable us to further our understanding. The systems we are working on include water, peptides and proteins, interfaces, membranes etc.

Awards and Honors

Hilldale Award in the Physical Sciences, UW-Madison 2015
Irving J. Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics, American Chemical Society 2012
Member, National Academy of Sciences 2012
American Chemical Society Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry 2011
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2006