UAH

James K. Baird

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Professor, Chemistry

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science
Adjunct Professor, Physics
Adjuct Professor, Chemical Engineering

Office: MSB 115
Phone: 256.824.6441
Fax: 256.824.6349
Email: bairdj@uah.edu 

Résumé

  • B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Yale University, Chemistry (1963)
  • M.A. Harvard Univesity, Physics (1965)
  • Ph. D. Harvard University, Chemical Physics (1969)
  • 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
  • Started at UAH in 1982

Fellowships and Visiting Appointments

  • 1998 – 1999 and Spring 2007, Visiting Professor, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • 2001, Summer Faculty Research Fellow, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
  • 1993, American Society for Engineering Education Distinguished Summer Faculty Research Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.
  • 1979 – 1982, NATO Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford University, England.

Academic Experience

Teaching courses in physical chemistry, physics and materials science.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

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 A109, 4750 – 4757 (2005).

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 B109 , 17262 – 17266 (2005)

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). 

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).

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).

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).

James K. Baird
“Phonon Assisted Transport of a Reactive Atom in the Lattice of a Solid Metal Catalyst.”
Molecular Physics 105, 2783 – 2791 (2007)

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)

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 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, James K. Baird, Randi D. Richey, and Ramana 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).

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).