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: rwilde@texasalternatives.com

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 and Surjit Singh, Statistical Mechanics, Fundamentals and Modern Applications (Wiley Interscience, NY, 1998). To order this book, go to WILEY PUBLISHING

These links will take you to all the Source Code files for the FORTRAN PROGRAMS in the book:

Fortran Programs 1-6 | Fortran Programs 7-15 | Comments for book | Corrections for book

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

Richard E. Wilde, The Many Faces of Jesus: A Critical Look at Christianity (Wheatmark, Tucson, 2006)

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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry