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Reed Makes New Molecules

Professor who Makes New Molecules Will Speak June 7 at UC Riverside

The Faculty Research Lecture is considered the highest honor given by the UCR Academic Senate

(June 1, 2010)

Christopher Reed, distinguished professor of chemistryEnlarge

Christopher Reed, distinguished professor of chemistry

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Christopher Reed, a distinguished professor of chemistry at UC Riverside, will give the 2009-10 Faculty Research Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 7 in the Genomics auditorium on campus. The award is the highest faculty honor the UCR Academic Senate bestows.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Known internationally for his fundamental research contributions to organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, Reed has been ranked 265th among all living chemists. He specializes in making molecules that haven’t been made before. He also works on stabilizing molecules previously considered to be unstable.

Credited with the discovery of new “strong-yet-gentle” acids called carborane acids, Reed’s biggest contributions have been in the field of superacids — acids stronger than 100 percent sulfuric acid. His research has consistently attracted funding at the rate of a half-million dollars per year.

He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and the Tolman Award. His research has been recognized by the Simon Guggenheim and Alexander von Humboldt foundations. In 2007, he received the National Science Foundation’s Special Creativity Award.

Born in New Zealand, Reed began research in 1968 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he earned his doctorate in chemistry. After postdoctoral studies at Stanford University, he began his independent research career at the University of Southern California in 1973. In 1998 he joined UCR to help build its Department of Chemistry into a nationally ranked research department.


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