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Richard A. Palmer, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Richard A. Palmer
Contact Info:
Office Location:  2102 FFSC
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1539
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.University of Illinois1965
M.S.University of Illinois1962
B.S.University of Texas at Austin1957
BS, Magna cum laudeUniversity of Texas, Austin1957

Research Interests:

Dr. Palmer's research interests span the areas of analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry. Current projects involve the use of FTIR spectroscopy in the investigation of dynamic processes on the nanosecond to millisecond time scale. Included are nanosecond studies of photoexcited states in metalloproteins and other metal complexes, rheo-optical measurements of the sub-molecular dynamics of polymer films perturbed by mechanical fields and development of fiber optic-based photothermal spectral detection for materials and biomedical applications.

Areas of Interest:

Infrared spectroscopy
Time-resolved spectroscopy
Photothermal spectoscopy
Step-scan FTIR
Synchrotron infrared spectroscopy
Dynamic polymer rheology


Animals • Blood Transfusion • Catechols • Chelating Agents • Circular Dichroism • Computer Simulation • Dogs • Elasticity • FTIR • Hemosiderosis • Hydroxamic Acids • Infrared • Infrared spectroscopy • Iron • Liquid Crystals • Male • Materials Testing • Mice • Models, Chemical • Models, Statistical • Multivariate Analysis • Myoglobin • Phenols • Photothermal • Polyethylene • Polymethyl Methacrylate • Polyurethanes • Rheology • Signal processing • Spectrophotometry, Infrared • Step-scan • Stress, Mechanical • Structure-Activity Relationship • Surface active agents • Synchrotron • Temperature • Time-resolved • Time-resolved spectroscopy • Tropolone • Viscosity

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Angela Gillikin  
  • Jared J. Heymann  
  • Jessica Chapman  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Schoonover, JR; Steckle, WP; Cox, JD; Johnston, CT; Wang, Y; Gillikin, AM; Palmer, RA, Humidity-dependent dynamic infrared linear dichroism study of a poly(ester urethane)., Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, vol. 67 no. 1 (May, 2007), pp. 208-213, ISSN 1386-1425 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Wang, L; Chapman, J; Palmer, RA; van Ramm, O; Mizaikoff, B, Classification of atherosclerotic rabbit aorta samples by mid-infrared spectroscopy using multivariate data analysis., Journal of Biomedical Optics, vol. 12 no. 2 (March, 2007), pp. 024006, ISSN 1083-3668 [doi]  [abs]
  3. L. Wang, J. Chapman, O. von Ramm, R.A. Palmer and Boris Mizaikoff, “Classification of Atherosclerotic Rabbit Aorta Samples by Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy and Multivariate Data Analysis”, J. Biomed. Optics, vol. 12 no. 024006 (2007)
  4. Wang, Y; Palmer, RA; Schoonover, JR; Aubuchon, SR, Dynamic mechanical analysis and dynamic infrared linear dichroism study of the frequency-dependent viscoelastic behavior of a poly(ester urethane), Vibrational Spectroscopy, vol. 42 no. 1 (October, 2006), pp. 74-77, Elsevier BV, ISSN 0924-2031 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Wang, L; Chapman, J; Palmer, RA; Alter, TM; Hooper, BA; van Ramm, O; Mizaikoff, B, Classification of atherosclerotic rabbit aorta samples with an infrared attenuated total reflection catheter and multivariate data analysis., Applied Spectroscopy, vol. 60 no. 10 (October, 2006), pp. 1121-1126, ISSN 0003-7028 [doi]  [abs]

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