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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Feb. 16, 2001 — Lee Y. Park, associate professor of chemistry at Williams College, will present a lecture on “Liquid Crystal and Molecular Wires — Doing Chemistry in One Dimension” on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium of the Thompson Chemistry Lab (room 123). This is the second in the 2001 Faculty Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.
Park’s research focuses on inorganic materials chemistry. She is interested in designing new molecules that display one-dimensional electrical conductivity or magnetic behavior. Her approach involves preparing liquid crystalline (mesogenic) derivatives of known metal-chain complexes. (The liquid crystalline state is a phase of matter that lies between the solid and liquid states; a free flowing material that possesses a significant degree of order at the molecular level.)
“This enables us to tailor a number of specific properties of these one-dimensional materials, giving us access to a variety of extremely interesting new materials,” Park explained.
Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society. She is a contributor to a number of scientific journals including Organometallics, Chemistry of Materials, and The Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Park earned her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1986 and her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991. She did her postdoctoral work at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, investigating living polymerization reactions at surfaces. She has been at Williams since 1993.