Rich Eisenberg, the Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist.
He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University. In 1973, he joined the faculty of the University of Rochester. Eisenberg's research interests are in inorganic and organometallic chemistry, photochemistry relating to solar energy conversion, and catalysis. Some of Eisenberg's specific research activities include the study of new luminescent square planar complexes and their incorporation into molecular assemblies for photoinduced charge separation and artificial photosynthesis, the development of parahydrogen induced polarization for hydrogen addition reactions, the discovery of new luminescent gold and platinum group element complexes for application in electroluminescent devices, and the design of new electrophilic catalysts for electrocyclizations and tandem organic transformations. Foremost among his activities in the chemistry community, Eisenberg is the Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry, the leading journal in its field. He has also served as Chair of the Inorganic Division, Chair of the Organometallic Subdivision, Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallics. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Accounts of Chemical Research and the Scientific Advisory Board of the NSF Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI) on “Powering the Planet.” He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005, in 2009 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and as Fellow to the American Chemical Society. He received the University of Rochester Lifetime Achievement Award for Graduate Teaching in May 2010. Eisenberg has served as doctoral thesis advisor for more than 36 graduate students, as a postdoctoral mentor for a similar number of postdoctoral fellows, as well as senior and summer research advisor for more than 25 undergraduate students.