My research works are in the area of experimental physical chemistry. Especially, in the dynamics of elementary chemical reactions and photochemical processes.
We use crossed molecular beams method to observe angular and energy distributions of reaction products from single collision events or from the dissociation of isolated molecules.
Other area of my research involves the development of various new experimental apparatus or methodologies. One example is the construction of a complex experimental equipment, which involves two mass-spectrometers, one ion trap, one tunable IR laser and a high-power CO2 laser, to obtain IR spectra of gaseous ionic clusters. We also developed a new-mass-spectrometric equipment which measures masses and velocities of all dissociation products from an isolated polyatomic molecule simultaneously.
Born in 1936
1959 B.S., National Taiwan University, Taiwan
1961 M.S., National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
1965 Ph.D., University. of California, Berkeley, California
1973-1974 Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago
1974-1991 Professor of Chemistry, University Professor, 1994 Professor Emeritus, 1994-1997 Graduate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
1974-1997 Principal Investigator, Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1994-2015 Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica
1994-2006 President, Academia Sinica
2008-2011 President Elected, International Council for Science (ICSU
2011-2014 President, International Council for Science (ICSU)
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Schulz, P. A.; Sudbo, A. S.; Grant, E. R.; Shen, Y. R.; Lee, Y. T., MULTI-PHOTON DISSOCIATION OF SF6 BY A MOLECULAR-BEAM METHOD. Journal of Chemical Physics 1980, 72 (9), 4985-4995.
Okumura, M.; Yeh, L. I.; Myers, J. D.; Lee, Y. T., INFRARED-SPECTRA OF THE SOLVATED HYDRONIUM ION - VIBRATIONAL PREDISSOCIATION SPECTROSCOPY OF MASS-SELECTED H3O+.(H2O)N.(H2)M. Journal of Physical Chemistry 1990, 94 (9), 3416-3427.
Tsai, S. T.; Lin, C. K.; Lee, Y. T.; Ni, C. K., Multimass ion imaging detection: Application to photodissociation. Review of Scientific Instruments 2001, 72 (4), 1963-1969.
Tseng, C. M.; Dyakov, Y. A.; Huang, C. L.; Lee, Y. T.; Lin, S. H.; Ni, C. K., The role of seven-membered ring in the photoisomerization and photodissociation of small aromatic molecules. Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society 2006, 53 (1), 33-40.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1975.
Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 1979.
Academician, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 1980.
Ernest O. Lawrence Award, U.S. Department of Energy, 1981.
Peter Debye Award of Physical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1986.
National Medal of Science, White House, U.S.A., 1986.
Elected Member, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), 1986.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986.
Corresponding Member, Gottingen Academy of Sciences, Germany, 1988.
Faraday Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, U.K., 1992.
The Honorary Foreign Member, Indian National Science Academy, 1997.
The Clark Kerr Award, University of California at Berkeley, 1999.
Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Medal, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India, 2004.
Academician, Pontifical Academy of Science, 2007.
Othmer Gold Medal, The Chemical Heritage Foundation, U.S.A., 2008.
Foreign Member, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, 2009.
Ettore Majorana-Erice-Science for Peace Prize, Italy, 2011.
Kolos Prize, Poland, 2011.
Maria Sklodowska-Curie Medal, Poland, 2011.
Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, UC Berkeley, U.S.A., 2012.
French National Order of Merit, Grand Officer, 2012.
The Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero, The Republic of Panama, 2012.
Grand Cross of the National Order of Scientific Merit, The Federative Republic of Brazil, 2013.
Honorary Member, Science Council of Japan, Japan, 2015.
Foreign Member, A.M. Prokhorov Academy of Engineering Sciences, 2016.
Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 2018.