A Tribute to Harding, Michael and Wagner
The Journal of Physical Chemistry A has a special tribute honoring the seminal contributions of Argonne Distinguished Fellow Lawrence B. Harding (CSE), Senior Chemist Joe V. Michael (CSE) and Argonne Distinguished Fellow Albert F. Wagner (CSE). The team is honored for their combined 100 years of combustion kinetics studies and research at Argonne.
The trio has played a central role in advancing the quantitative understanding of a great variety of chemical processes of combustion environments through the development and application of theoretical and experimental methods.
Theoretical chemical kinetics currently plays an important role in the development of chemical mechanisms for combustion, providing rate estimates for a great variety of experimentally unstudied reactions and improving the representation of the kinetics for other more well studied reactions.
The most definitive description of the kinetics for a given chemical reaction generally comes from a close collaboration between theory and experiment, and since these early days, such close collaborations have been a hallmark of the Argonne combustion kinetics efforts.
Stephen J. Klippenstein and Stephen T. Pratt, “A Tribute to Lawrence B. Harding, Joe V. Michael, and Albert F. Wagner for Their 100 Years of Combustion Kinetics Studies at Argonne,” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Special Issue Preface 2015, 119 (28), pp. 7075–7077. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.5b01917, Published July 16, 2015.