(Hynes, James T - 2012) -- Distinguished Professorship Award or Honor Receipt uri icon



  • A theoretical chemist, Professor Hynes has made significant contributions to the understanding of chemical reaction rates and mechanisms and vibrational dynamics in solution. His research has wide applications, including in such areas as understanding the mechanism of stratospheric ozone depletion, the catalyzing process involved in water splitting (a key component in solar energy conversion), and the mechanism for employing anti-cancer drugs at the level of DNA.
    Professor Hynes has received numerous prestigious awards for his research. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, whose alumni include Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. He was also inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. In 2004, Professor Hynes was awarded the most prestigious award in his field, the Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry. In 2005 he received the American Chemical Society’s Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids. The significance of Professor Hynes’ research is reflected in the fact that he has delivered hundreds of invited lectures at national and global conferences since joining the CU-Boulder faculty in 1971.