Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. TheMIT Department of Chemistryis taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
The Chemistry Education Office staff is responsible for administering the educational programs in the Department of Chemistry. Students can find answers to many questions about the undergraduate and graduate programs on the department website, and they are encouraged to stop by and see the staff in the office located in 6-205.
The student-run outreach programs in the Department of Chemistry aim to bring the excitement of chemical sciences to the community through lively demonstrations designed to illustrate a broad range of chemical principles. Graduate students visit science classes in high schools and middle schools in the Greater Boston area with a view to demystifying chemistry through hands-on experiments. ClubChem, an undergraduate chemistry organization, conducts Chemistry Magic Shows for elementary schools and youth programs in the Greater Boston area.
Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry at its most fundamental level, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
An experimental method is demonstrated that allows determination of the ratio between the electric (E 1) and magnetic (M 1) transition dipole moments in the A − X band of OH, including their relative sign. Although the transition strengths differ by more than 3 orders of magnitude, the measured M 1-to-E 1 ratio agrees with the ratio of the ab initio calculated values to within 3%. The relative sign is found to be negative, also in agreement with theory.
Professor Field's current research interests include: the development of advanced pattern recognition techniques to extract dynamical information (isomerization, intramolecular proton transfer, energy flow, and fluxional behavior) from highly excited vibrational spectra of polyatomic molecules; spectroscopic characterization of triplet states of small polyatomic molecules, especially the doorway-mediated mechanism of Intersystem Crossing; and the mechanisms of energy exchange between electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom, through the spectroscopic study of core-nonpenetrating Rydberg states of diatomic molecules.