James Baird

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Professor, Department of Chemistry

(but he does Physics and thinks he's a Physicist)

Office: MSB 115
Phone: 256.824.6441
Email: james.baird@uah.edu 

Research Areas

  • Theory of impurity atom diffusion in solids
  • Theory of the interaction of gases with solids
  • Theory of shock waves and hypervelocity impact phenomena
  • Theory of the nucleation, growth, and coarsening of crystals precipitating from solution
  • Experimental and theoretical investigations of the application of the principle of critical point universality in chemistry
  • Experimental and theoretical investigations of the mechanism of protein crystal growth


  • B.S. in Chemistry (summa cum laude), Yale University, 1963
  • A. M. in Physics, Harvard University, 1965
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, Harvard University, 1969


  • 1982 - Present: Professor of Chemistry, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
  • 1981-1982 Manager, Radiochemistry Unit, General Electric Company, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Schenectady, NY
  • 1970-1981: Research Physicist, Health Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
  • 1969-1970 Captain, U.S. Army, Sandia Base, Albuquerque, NM

Past Graduate Students in Physics

  • Jeffrey D. Rowe, M.S., 2005. "Theory of the Size Dependence of the Solubility of Charged Crystals in Electrolyte Solutions."
  • Jonathan D. Baker, M.S., 2010. “Critical Point Universality of Chemical Reactions in a Binary Liquid Mixture.”

Representative Presentations and Papers

1.      James K. Baird, Gary R. Hough, and Thomas R. King, “Velocity Dependence of Impact Fluorescence.” International Journal of Impact Engineering 19, 273-276 (1997).         

2.      J. K. Baird, “Low-Earth Orbit Atomic Oxygen Erosion of Polymer Surfaces.” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 35, 62-65 (1998).

3.      J. K. Baird and L. Guo, “Free Convection and Surface Kinetics in Crystal Growth from Solution.” Journal of Chemical Physics 109, 2503-2508 (1998).

4.      J. C. Clunie and J. K. Baird, “Interdiffusion Coefficient and Dynamic Viscosity for the Mixture 2,6-Lutidine + Water Near the Consolute Point.” Physics and Chemistry of Liquids 37, 357-371 (1999).

5.      J. K. Baird and E. M. Schwartz, “Isotope Effect in Hydrogen Diffusion in Metals.” Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie 211, 47-68 (1999).

6.      J. K. Baird, T. R. King, and C. Stein, “Oxygen Diffusion in Silver.” Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 60 891-894 (1999).

7.      J. K. Baird and T. R. King, “A Wien Displacement Law for Impact Radiation.” International Journal of Impact Engineering 23 39-49 (1999).

8.      H. M. Lee, Y. W. Kim, and J. K. Baird, “Electrophoretic Mobility and Zeta-Potential for Lysozme Crystals in Some 1:1 Electrolytes.” Journal of Crystal Growth 232, 294-300 (2001).

9.      J. K. Baird and Y. W. Kim, “Theory of the Nucleation of Protein Macromolecular Ions.” Molecular Physics 100, 1855-1866 (2002).

10.    J. P. Guelfucci, M. Terrissol, and J. K. Baird, “Thermalization Range Distributions for Photoelectrons Injected into Dielectric Liquids.” Journal of Chemical Physics 117, 4448-4461 (2002).

11.    Y. W.Kim, D. A. Barlow, K. G. Caraballo, and J. K. Baird, “Kinetics of Supersaturation Decay in the Crystallization of Lysozyme.” Molecular Physics 101, 2677 – 2686 (2003).

12.    Y. W. Kim and J. K. Baird, “Kinetics of SN1 Reactions in Binary Liquid Mixtures Near the Critical Point of Solution.” Journal of Physical Chemistry A 107, 8435 – 8443 (2003),

13.    J. K. Baird and Y. W. Kim, “A Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem for Chemical Reactions Near a Critical Point.” Journal of Physical Chemistry A 107, 10241 – 10242 (2003).

14     Douglas A. Barlow, James K. Baird, and Ching-Hua Su, “A Theory of the von Weimarn Rules Governing the Average Size of Crystals Precipitated from a Supersaturated Solution.” Journal of Crystal Growth 264, 417 – 423 (2004).

15.    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)

16.    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).

17.    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).

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

19.    Baichuan Hu, Randi D. Richey, and James K. Baird, “ Chemical Equilibrium and Critical Phenomena: Solubility of Indium Oxide in Isobutyric Acid + Water near its Consolute Point.” Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data 54, 1537-1540 (2009).

20.    B. Hu, J. K. Baird, R. D. Richey, and R. G. 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).

21.    T. J. Giesy, A. S. Chou, R. McFeeters, J. K. Baird, and D. A. Barlow, “Critical Point Universality in Adsorption: The Effect of Charcoal on Isobutyric Acid + Water Near the Consolute Point.” Physical Review E 83, 061201 (2011).

22.    James K. Baird and Robert L. McFeeters, “Effects Hydrodynamic Convection and Interionic Electrostatic Forces on Protein Crystallization.” Crystal Growth and Design 13, 1889 – 1898 (2013)