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Institut für Organische Chemie

Curriculum Vitae

PERSONAL DATA

  • Waldemar Adam, born July 26, 1937, Alexanderdorf (Ukraine), U.S. citizen, married, four children.

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

  • B.Sc. 1958, University of Illinois; Senior Research Thesis "The Reaction of Cycloheptatriene with Sulfur Dioxide", under J.C. Martin.
  • Ph.D. 1961, MIT; Doctoral Dissertation "The Diacyl Peroxide-Olefin Reaction", under F.D. Greene.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Laboratory Technician, July 1954 to August 1955, Cincinnati Chemical Works
  • Research Chemist, Summer 1958, Cincinnati Chemical Works
  • Teaching Assistant, September 1958 to February 1959, MIT
  • Research Chemist, Summer 1959, Monsanto Chemicals Co.
  • Research Associate, January to July 1961, MIT with F.D. Greene
  • Assistant Professor, August 1961 to June 1965, University of Puerto Rico
  • Research Associate, January to December 1962, University of Karlsruhe, with R. Criegee
  • Associate Professor, July 1965 to June 1970, University of Puerto Rico
  • Professor, July 1970 to April 1980, University of Puerto Rico
  • Professor, May 1980 to October 2002, University of Würzburg, F.R.G. (Retired)
  • Research Professor, March 2010-August 2011, Universidad Metropolitana (UMET), Cupey, Puerto Rico

VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS

  • University of Zürich, Switzerland, August 1972 to June 1973
  • SUNY-Buffalo, New York, January to February 1974
  • University of São Paulo, Brazil, August 1974 and March 1990
  • University of Puerto Rico, Marine Sciences, Mayagüez, Professor ad honorem, August 1975 - December 1980
  • Inter-American University, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, January - May 1977
  • University of Bari, Italy , April - May 1979
  • Universidad de Concepción, Chile, March 1982
  • University of Alberta, Canada, October 1989
  • University of Krakow, Poland, July 1991
  • University of Debrecen, Hungary July 1991
  • Polytechnical University of Valencia, Spain , April 1992
  • University of Miami, USA , January 1993
  • Tulane University, University of New Orleans, USA, October 1997 - May 1998
  • University of Reims, France, October 1998
  • University of Santiago, Spain, March 2000
  • University of Bilbao, Spain
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, February 2001
  • University ("Mayor de San Andres") of La Paz, Bolivia, August 2002

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • American Chemical Society, 1965
  • New York Academy of Sciences, 1966
  • College of Chemists of Puerto Rico, 1970
  • Inter-American Photochemical Society, 1976
  • American Photobiological Society, 1977
  • European Photochemical Society, 1980
  • German Chemical Society, 1980
  • European Society for Photobiology, 1987
  • Honorary Member of the Sociedad Argentina de Investigaciones en Quimica Organica (SAIQO), 1991

AWARDS, HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Cincinnati Chemical Works Scholar, 1955-58, University of Illinois
  • Sigma Xi, 1958; Phi Kappa Phi 1958
  • General Electric Fellow, 1960-61, MIT
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 1962, University of Karlsruhe
  • A.P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1968-72
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, 1968, LION'S CLUB of Puerto Rico
  • J.S. Guggenheim Fellow, 1972-73
  • NIH Career Development Fellow, 1975-80
  • College of Chemists Award, 1977
  • NATO Senior Fellow (Italy), 1979
  • NSF Senior Fellow (India), 1979
  • Leonardo Igaravidez Award, 1979
  • Brazilian Academy of Sciences, 1980
  • JSPS Senior Fellow (Japan), 1985
  • Distinguished Visitor, October 1989, University of Alberta, Canada
  • A. v. Humboldt - J. C. Mutis Award, 1991
  • Dr. honoris causa University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1993
  • INSA Senior Fellow (India), 1993
  • Japanese-German Research Award, (JSPS, A. v. Humboldt-Foundation), 1994
  • Theodor-Förster-Gedächtnisvorlesung (GDCh and Bunsen Society), 1995/96
  • Iberdrola Visiting Professorship, University of Santiago (Spain), 1999
  • Bavarian Academy of Science, 2001
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, ACS-PR Section, 2005
  • Professor Emeritus, University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras Campus), October 2006
  • AAAS Caribbean Division Award, Puerto Rico, October 2007
  • Academia de Artes y Ciencias de Puerto Rico, January 2008 (Regular Member), August 1994 (Corresponding Member)

OFFICES

  • University of Puerto Rico, Academic Senator, 1970-72, 1974-77 and 1977-79
  • ACS-Puerto Rico Section, Chairman 1975, 1976
  • College of Chemists of Puerto Rico, Advisory Committee, 1975, 1976
  • Puerto Rico Center for Energy and Environmental Research, Advisory Council 1977-1980
  • GDCh Photochemistry Section ; Board of Directors, 1983-85; Chairman, 1985-87
  • Bavarian Ministry of Education, Advisory Committee, 1987-90
  • University of Würzburg, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Dean, 1989-91; Senator, 1990-92
  • UNESCO Consultant, 1990
  • DAAD Advisor, NATO Fellowship Program, 1990-97
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Turkish Journal of Chemistry, July 1996
  • Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Synthesis and Characterization (IJSC), September 2006
  • Member of the IUPAC Sub-Committee on Photochemistry, August 2008
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Journal for Scholarly Research Exchange, February 2008
  • Member of the Advisory Board, European Journal of Chemistry, February 2010
  • Executive Director of CREATES, UMET Science Research Center at INTENOR, Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, March 2010-August 2011

RESEARCH INTERESTS

High energy molecules (dioxiranes, dioxetanes), chemi- and bioluminescence, photochemistry, laser chemistry, cyclic peroxides, singlet oxygen, oxygen transfer, azoalkanes, diradicals, cycloadditions, biomedical applications

 

LANGUAGES
Speak, read and write English, German and Spanish

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