James K. Baird

 

Dr. James K. Baird

Professor, Chemistry

Biography

My efforts, which are largely theoretical, are directed toward questions on the border between chemistry and materials science. Since experiment is the final arbiter of the success of theory, I work closely with students who are interested in experiments. Although some students concentrate solely on experiment, others combine both theory and experiment, and all students are encouraged to analyze data and form conclusions based on their own findings. Recent research problems have included solid state diffusion, crystal growth, and critical phenomena involving chemical reactions in binary liquid mixtures with a consolute point.

Captain, U.S. Army, Sandia Base, Albuquerque, NM 1969-1970

Research Physicist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN 1970-1981

Manager, Radiochemistry Unit, General Electric, Schenectady, NY 1981-1982

NATO Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford University, England 1979 – 1982

Started at UAH in 1982

American Society for Engineering Education Distinguished Summer Faculty Research Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, 1993

Visiting Professor, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1998 – 1999 and Spring 2007

Summer Faculty Research Fellow, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, 2001

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Harvard University, 1969
  • M.A., Physics, Harvard University, 1965
  • B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Chemistry, Yale University, Chemistry, 1963

Classes Taught


Selected Publications

  • J.D. Ng, J.K. Baird, L. Coates, J.M. Garcia-Ruiz, T.A. Hodge, and S. Huang "Large Volume Protein Crystal Growth for Neutron Macromolecular Crystallography." Acta Crystallographica F 71, 358 - 370 (2015)
  • J. K. Baird, J.D. Baker, B. Hu, J.R. Lang, K.E. Joyce, A.K. Sides, and R.D. Richey "A Chemical Test of Critical Point Isomorphism: Reactive Dissolution of Ionic Solids in Isobutyric Acid + Water Near the Critical Point." Journal of Physical Chemistry B 119, 4041 - 4047 (2015)
  • J.K. Baird, B. Hu, J.R. Lang, and R.D. Richey "Phase Rule Method for Applying the Principle of Critical Point Universality to Chemically Reacting Open Systems." Journal of Molecular Liquids 204, 222 - 226 (2015)
  • J.-S. Chen, K.-T. Yeh, W.-Y. Chang, and J.K. Baird "Estimation of Moments of the Residence Time and the First Passage Time from Experimentally Measurable Permeation Parameters via a New Formulation of the Transmission Matrix." Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society 61, 867 - 874 (2014)
  • B. Hu, J. K. Baird, P. K. Alvarez, K. C. Melton, D. A. Barlow, and R. D. Richey "Diverging Thermodynamic Derivatives Associated with Heterogeneous Chemical Equilibria in a Binary Liquid Mixture with a Consolute Point." International Journal of Thermophysics 35, 841 – 852 (2014)
  • J. K. Baird, R. L. McFeeters, and K. G. Caraballo "Specific Rate of Protein Crystallization Determined by the Guggenheim Method." International Journal of Thermophysics 35, 830 – 840 (2014)
  • James K. Baird and Robert L. McFeeters "Effects of Hydrodynamic Convection and Interionic Electrostatic Forces on Protein Crystallization." Crystal Growth and Design 13, 1889 – 1898 (2013).
  • Timothy J. Giesy, Alan S. Chou, Robert L. McFeeters, James K. Baird, and Douglas A. Barlow "Critical-point Universality in Adsorption: The Effect of Charcoal on a Mixture of Isobutyric Acid and Water Near the Consloute Point," Physical Review E 83, 061201 (2011).
  • Baichuan Hu, James K. Baird, Randi D. Richey, and R. Reddy "A Chemical Test of the Principle of Critical Point Universality: The Solubility of Nickel (II) Oxide in Isobutyric Acid + Water Near the Consolute Point," Journal of Chemical Physics 134, 154505 (2011).
  • Baichuan Hu and James K. Baird "Chemical Equilibrium and Critical Phenomena: The Solubilities of Iron (III) Oxide and Cobalt (II, III) Oxide in Isobutyric Acid + Water Near the Consolute Point." International Journal of Thermophysics 31, 717 – 726 (2010).
  • Baichuan Hu and James K. Baird "Reaction Kinetics and Critical Phenomena: Iodination of Acetone in Isobutyric Acid + Water Near the Consolute Point." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 114, 355 – 359 (2010).
  • Baichuan Hu, Randi D. Richey, and James K. Baird "Chemical Equilibrium and Critical Phenomena: Solubility of Indium Oxide in Isobutyric Acid + Water near the Consolute Point." Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data 54, 1537-1540 (2009)
  • James K. Baird "Phonon Assisted Transport of a Reactive Atom in the Lattice of a Solid Metal Catalyst." Molecular Physics 105, 2783 – 2791 (2007)
  • Jeffrey D. Rowe and James K. Baird "Reduced Capillary Length Scale in the Application of the Theory of Ostwald Ripening to the Coarsening of Charged Colloidal Crystals in Electrolyte Solutions" International Journal of Thermophysics 28, 855 – 864 (2007).
  • Christopher D. Specker, Joel M. Ellis, and James K. Baird "Chemical Dynamics and Critical Phenomena: Electrical Conductivity and Reactivity of Benzyl Bromide in Triethylamine + Water Near its Consolute Point." International Journal of Thermophysics 28, 846 – 854 (2007).
  • J. K. Baird, K. G. Caraballo, and J. D. Ng "Kinetics of Protein Crystallization" Chapter 5 in Progress in Crystal Growth Research, G. V. Karas, editor. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppage, NY. (2006).
  • Katiuska G. Caraballo, James K. Baird, and Joseph D. Ng "Comparison of the Crystallization Kinetics of Canavalin and Lysozyme." Crystal Growth and Design 6, 874 -880 (2006).
  • Yeong Woo Kim and James K. Baird "Chemical Equilibrium and Critical Phenomena: The Solubilities of Manganese Dioxide and Aluminum Oxide in Isobutyric Acid + Water Near Its Consolute Point." Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 109 , 17262 – 17266 (2005)
  • Y. W. Kim and J. K. Baird "Reaction Kinetics and Critical Phenomena: Rates of Some First Order Gas Evolution Reactions in Binary Solvents with a Consolute Point." Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 109, 4750 – 4757 (2005).