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Samuel C. Wait, Jr.
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Samuel C. Wait, Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Acting Dean of the School of Science .Ret
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1956
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1955
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1953

Career Highlights:
Fulbright Scholar; 1956-1957; University College, London, England
Assistant Lecturer; 1957-1958; University College, London, England
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow; 1958-1959; University of Minnesota
Visiting Assistant Professor; 1959-1960; Carnegie Institute of Technology
Research Scientist; 1960-1961; National Bureau of Standards

Awarded grants to attend the National Science Foundation sponsored Winter Institute in Quantum Chemistry, Solid State Physics and Quantum Biology at the University of Florida, December 5-31, 1966 and January 2-20, 1968

Associate Dean of Science; 1972 – present, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Areas:
Electronic Spectroscopy
Analysis of the vapor spectra of aromatic and heterocyclic compounds. The principal areas of interest are the shapes of vibronic bands and computation of the band contours of asymmetric rotors. The objective is to determine the change in molecular shape in the first excited electronic singlet state.

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy
Determination of the fundamental vibrational frequencies of aromatic and heterocyclic molecules by measurement of the infrared and Raman Spectroscopy and calculation of the normal coordinates. The objective is to determine the force constants of these molecules and to examine the transferability of these force constants to related molecules.

Selected Publications:
“Vibrational Spectra and Assignments for 1,6- and 1,8-Naphthyridine,” J. Mol. Spectroscopy, 46, 401 (1973) (with J. T. Carrano).

“Band Contours of Asymmetric Rotors,” Journal of Chemical Education, 51, 654 (1974).

“The Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on Uracil Derivatives,” Radiation Effects, 35, 79 (1978) (with M. Sirota and J. C. Corelli).

“Partitions in Statistical Thermodynamics,” Journal of Chemical Education, 55, 772 (1978).

“Design for a Minature Portable Fume Hood,” Journal of Chemical Education, 76, 228 (1999) (with R. A. Bailey).

Portrait photograph by Kris Qua.


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