Paul Barbara

Barbara, Paul
Position Department / Business Unit
Director Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology
Institution Disciplines
The University of Texas at Austin Chemistry
City State / Provence
Austin Texas
Country Website
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Paul Barbara was born in New York, NY in 1953. He attended Hofstra University, earning a B.A. in 1974, and then went on to perform graduate work with Professor R.G. Lawler at Brown University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1978.

From 1978 to 1980 he carried out postdoctoral work at Bell Laboratories, working with Professor P.M. Rentzepis. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1980, achieving the rank of full professor in 1990. In 1995 he was named 3M-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. In 1998 he moved to the University of Texas to fill the Richard J.V. Johnson Welch Chair in Chemistry. He is currently an Associate Editor of Accounts of Chemical Research, and a Past Chair of the Division of Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Other awards include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1983), a Presidential Young Investigator award (1984), the George Taylor Distinguished Research Award (1990), and being named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (1993). His research interests include femtosecond spectroscopy, near field scanning optical microscopy, the photophysics of DNA, proton and electron transfer, ultrafast chemical reaction dynamics in solution, energy transfer in liquids and at interfaces, radiation chemistry, photochemistry, electronic structure in the condensed phase and the photophysics of the hydrated electron and other radicals.


Ph.D. in Chemistry, Brown University, 1978; B.A., New College, Hofstra University, 1974

Career Highlights

2000 - Present: Director, Center for Nano & Molecular Science & Technology, University of Texas at Austin
1998 - Present: Richard J.V. Johnson-Welch Chair in Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin
1995 - Present: Senior Editor, Accounts of Chemical Research
1994 - Present: Associate Editor, Advanced Series in Physical Chemistry, World Scientific
1995 - 1998: 3M-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
1990 - 1995: Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
1986 - 1990: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
1980 - 1986: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
1978 - 1980: Postdoctoral Fellow, Bell Laboratories


• Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1983-85
• Presidential Young Investigator, 1984-89
• Visiting Associate Professor, CNRS, France, 1988
• George Taylor Distinguished Research Award, 1990
• Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1992
• Visiting Professor, Kath. Univer. Leuven, Belgium, 1996-97
• George Taylor Distinguished Service Award, 1997
• NSF Creativity Award, 1998
• Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1999

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