Department of Chemistry

College of Letters & Science
Frank A. Weinhold

Email address: weinhold@chem.wisc.edu

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Emeritus Professor

B.A. 1962, University of Colorado at Boulder; A.M. 1964, Harvard University; Ph.D. 1967, Harvard University

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Research Description

Professor Weinhold is no longer taking students.

Weinhold’s earlier (1969-80) research interests centered on upper and lower bounds for quantum-mechanical properties, the metric geometry of equilibrium thermodynamics, and complex-coordinate rotation theory of autoionizing resonances.

More recent research has primarily focused on the development of the Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) method and its application to torsional barriers, hydrogen bonding, hypervalency, and other stereoelectronic and bonding phenomena. Related studies also led to development of the Quantum Cluster Equilibrium (QCE) theory for liquid water and other supramolecular species. His influence is indicated by widespread adoption of NBO methodology in modern electronic structure programs (currently including Gaussian, Jaguar, GAMESS, ADF, Terachem, NWChem, PQS, Q-Chem, Columbus, and Spartan) and numerous applications in the chemical literature (currently, >60,000 citations).

His recent research monographs include Valency and Bonding: A Natural Bond Orbital Donor-Acceptor Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2005; with C. R. Landis), Classical and Geometrical Theory of Chemical and Phase Thermodynamics (Wiley, 2009), and Discovering Chemistry With Natural Bond Orbitals (Wiley, 2012; with C. R. Landis).

Awards and Honors

Honorary Doctorate, University of Rostock (Germany) 2011
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 2009
Lise Meitner - Minerva Center Lectureship Award for Computational Quantum Chemistry 2007
Triennial Löwdin Lecturer, University of Uppsala (Sweden) 2006
Charles A. Coulson Lecturer, University of Georgia 2000

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