Joel M. Bowman

Joel M. Bowman 

Department of Chemistry,

Emory University, Atlanta, USA



Education and Training

University of California, Berkeley Chemistry A.B., 1969

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena Chemistry Ph.D., 1974

Research and Professional Experience

Positions: Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Emory University, 1986-Present; Chair, Chemistry Dept., Emory University, 2003-2006; Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2001; Visiting Fellow, JILA, 1994; Chair, Chemistry Department, Emory Univ., 1990-1993; Acting Director, Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation at Emory, 1991-1992; Faculty appointee, Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 1978 - 1991; Visiting scientist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, July 1990; Visiting Professor, James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, 1983-1984; Consultant, A T & T Bell Laboratories, 10/84; Professor, IIT 1982; Associate Professor, IIT 1977-1982; Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1974-1977.

Fellowships: Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 2011, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 1977-1981.

Honors: Dudley Herschbach Prize (Theory), 2013, Elected Member International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, 2013, Festschrift Issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2013, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005; Fellow, American Physical Society, 1989.

Editorial Work - Editor, Spectrochimica Acta A, 2011-present, Member, Editorial Board Chemical Physics, 2014-present, Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 2009-2014, Member, Editorial Board, Advances in Physical Chemistry, 2008-present; Member, Advisory Editorial Board, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2006-2014; Member, Editorial Board, Spectrochimica Acta A, 1996-present; Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Chemical Physics, 1995-1998.

Publications – Author of 520+ papers, reviews, book chapters, current h-index is 71

National/International Organizations - Vice-Chair Elect…Chair, Past Chair, PHYS division, American Chemical Society, 2011-2014; Member of the Board, Telluride Summer Research Conferences, 1995-2000; Elected Member, Executive Committee, Division of Chemical Physics of the American Physical Society, 1994-1998;

Other Professional Service – Member, Review Committee Chem. Sci. Division, LBNL 2015;  Member, PECASE selection Committee, 2015; Member, International Advisory Committee, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Taiwan, 2013-present


Computational Approaches to Molecular Science 


The theoretical principles that govern the energetics and dynamics of molecules, molecular clusters, liquids, etc. are based in quantum mechanics, and so wellknown. However, the computational implementation of these principles is highly demanding, owing to the “curse of dimensionality”. Nevertheless, much progress has been made, thanks to advances in computational hardware and software, and perhaps most importantly, the careful crafting of models. I will attempt to illustrate all of this in my talk, with a particular emphasis on chemical reaction dynamics and spectroscopy and the development of approaches to obtain precise representations of the Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface that underlies the computational approach to Molecular Science.

04 July 2017  9.00 – 10.00 ROOM OA (AULA MAGNA H3) BUILDING H3