Prize Recipient


Krishnan Raghavachari
Indiana University


"For the individual development and collaborative application of fundamental surface infrared spectroscopy and quantum chemical methods to silicon surface reactions important in microelectronics."


Krishnan Raghavachari, obtained his B.Sc. in chemistry in 1973 from Madras University (India), his M.Sc. from Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) in 1975, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1981 working with Professor John Pople. He joined Bell Laboratories as a research scientist in 1981 and received the Distinguished Researcher Award in 1987. He joined Indiana University as a Professor of Chemistry in 2002. His work covers a broad spectrum of problems ranging from chemical bonding in small clusters to computational investigations of semiconductor and nanoscale materials. Apart from his work on silicon surface chemistry, he is best known for the development of accurate electron correlation techniques in quantum chemistry. Most recently, his group has focused on new electronic embedding methods in quantum chemistry, accurate models for theoretical thermochemistry, and on metal oxide clusters to explore their roles in catalytic activity. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has served on the advisory editorial boards of Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry, and the Journal of Computational Chemistry. In 2006, he served as the chair of the Theoretical Chemistry subdivision of the American Chemical Society.

Selection Committee:

Ellen Williams, Manuel Cardona, Franz Himpsel, Jacquwline Krim, Barbara Garrison