Marsha I. Lester
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Research Interests:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Milecular Structure and Dynamics

Research Overview: Marsha's research combines new experimental and theoretical approaches to probe intermolecular potential energy surfaces between reactive partners. These potentials control the approach and recoil of molecules in both inelastic and reactive encounters. She has extensively studied intermolecular interactions and reactions involving the hydroxyl radical, which plays a critical role in combustion and atmospheric chemistry.  

Marsha Lester's Recent Publications

Ph.D. Columbia University (1981)
B.A. Douglass College, Rutgers University (1976)

Honors and Awards: Broida Prize awarded by the International Symposium on Free Radicals (1995) - Fellow of the American Physical Society (1993), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1997) and the American Chemical Society (2010) - Guggenheim Fellowship (2002-03) - Visiting Miller Research Professor, Berkeley (2003) - Distinguished Traveling Lecturer, Division of Laser Science, American Physical Society (2002-06) - Bourke Lectureship, Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2005) - Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008)