Joel B. Tellinghuisen
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Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1969
Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemometrics
My research interests span a range of topics, from high-resolution optical spectroscopy of diatomic molecules to solution calorimetry. An underpinning theme of most of this work is the development of computational methods for interpreting and analyzing data, with attention to both research and pedagogical aspects of the primary tool for data analysis by physical scientists - the method of least squares.
My recent spectroscopic projects have included studies of direct fitting methods for both high- and low-resolution absorption and emission spectra, precise determination of absorption oscillator strengths, and the interplay between absorption spectrometry and equilibrium. The calorimetry work has focused on a better understanding of the method of isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), which has exploded in popularity in recent years as the method of choice for the study of binding and complexation.
These studies have practical applications in a number of areas. For example, ITC is widely used in the search for new pharmaceuticals. However, my work in these areas is strongly fundamental, hence truly "academic." As such, it is particularly appropriate for those interested in preparing for a career in education.