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College of Science and Mathematics

Department of Chemistry

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Paul Seybold, Ph.D.


Business      Department of Chemistry                               Tel. (937) 775-2407
Address:       Wright State University                                    Fax. (937) 775-2717  
                        Dayton, Ohio  45435                                        e-mail: paul.seybold@wright.edu       


B. Engineering Physics with distinction - Cornell University (1960).

Ph.D., Biophysics - Harvard University (1968).  Thesis:  "Radiationless Transitions and Fluorescence Yields."  Directed by Professor Martin Gouterman (Chemistry Department, Harvard University).

Postdoctoral - Quantum Chemistry Group, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden (1967-1969), with Professor Per-Olov Löwden (Uppsala) and Professor Inga Fischer-Hjalmars (Theoretical Physics Institute, Stockholm).

Postdoctoral - Biochemistry Division, University of Illinois, Urbana (1969-1970), with Professor Gregorio Weber.


Professor - Departments of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio  (1980-Present), Chair of the Chemistry Department (1999-2004).

Other Positions:  Visiting Scientist, Monell Chemical Senses Center, University of Pennsylvania (Spring, 1973); Visiting Professor, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Stockholm University (1978-79); Visiting Scientist, Chemistry Department, University of Washington (Summer, 1981); Visiting Scholar, Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida (Winter, 1986); Visiting Scholar, Chemistry Department, University of California at San Diego (1986-87); Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, Virginia Commonwealth University (Fall, 2004), Visiting Scholar, Chemistry Department, University of California, San Diego (Winter, 2005).; External Fellow, , Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, Virginia Commonwealth University (2004-present)



Cellular Automata:  Agent-based simulations of complex molecular phenomena; Molecular Structure-Property Relations:  Statistical studies of relationships between molecular structure and properties; Applied quantum chemistry:  Chemical, biological and toxicological applications.  Molecular Spectroscopy:  Luminescence, especially the luminescence of organic compounds on surfaces; color changes of dyes; energy transfer. 



            Prof. Seybold is the author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific publications covering chemical applications of cellular automata, applied quantum chemistry, molecular structure-property relationships, molecular spectroscopy, and general science for the public.  He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the journals Chemistry & Biodiversity, The Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling, and Current Computer-Aided Drug Design.  For18 years he wrote the annual survey of developments in Chemistry for the Americana Annual, published yearly by the Encyclopedia Americana.  He has recently published a book, Modeling Chemical Systems Using Cellular Automata (Springer, 2005) with L. B. Kier and C.-K. Cheng.


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