Veronica Vaida received her B.S. degree in chemistry at Brown University in 1973. She completed her M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees at Yale University where she used the tools of spectroscopy to investigate energy transfer in molecular crystals. In 1977, Dr. Vaida went to Harvard University, first as a Xerox Postdoctoral Fellow, then as an Assistant and Associate Professor of chemistry. At Harvard, she developed spectroscopic methods for the study of reactive molecules and used these methods to probe photochemistry of transition metal complexes, polyenes, and small polyatomic molecules (NH3, CS2, etc.). In 1984, Professor Vaida moved to the University of Colorado, Boulder, as an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, where she received tenure in 1987 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1990. She served as the Chair of her department from 2002 to 2006. Her teaching and research have followed an interdisciplinary path at the interface of physical chemistry and atmospheric science. Her research at the University of Colorado focused on light-initiated reactions of molecules and radicals of atmospheric interest (OClO, H2SO4, organic acids and alcohols, etc.). She developed methods for the study of water by investigating water clusters (hydrates), water-air interfaces, and aerosols to provide the fundamental database needed to establish the role of chemistry in aqueous environments in atmospheric chemistry and climate.
Biography Updated on 21 September 2008