Texas Tech University

Dr. Richard E. Wilde

Title: Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Washington, 1961
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, 1961-63

Research Area: Physical Chemistry

Email: richard.wilde@ttu.edu

Principal Research Interests

Dr. Wilde is applying Zwanzig-Mori formalism and autoregressive time series analysis to the understanding of vibrational dephasing in liquids. In particular, he is interested in the interaction of small molecules confined in silica sol gels. An extension to this research is the hypothesis that life originated in an environment very much like a silica sol gel, enabling nucleotides and ribozymes to form in a protected environment and in close contact with silica surfaces.

Representative Publications

  • “A General Theory of Symmetry Coordinates,”  Wilde, R. E. Am. J. Phys. 1964, 32, 45.
  • "An Infrared Spectroscopic Study of the Photolytic Decomposition of Methyl Azidoformate."Wilde, R. E.; Srinivasan,T. K. K.; Lwowski, W. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1971, 93, 860.
  • "A Memory-Functions Approach to Vibrational Relaxation in Dense Media," Cohen, S. S.; Wilde, R. E.  J. Chem. Phys. 1978, 68, 1138.
  • "The Calculation of Memory Functions from Frequency-Dependent Force-Autocorrelation Functions for Vibrational Dephasing," Wilde, R. E. Mol. Phys. 1986, 57, 675.
  • "Rayleigh Scattering in Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6," Wilde, J. P.; Wilde, R. E. J. Applied Phys. 1992, 71, 418.


    • Richard E. Wilde, The Immortal Self (Fenestra Books, Tucson, 2001)


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry